Posted by: danielfee | August 14, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 08-14-2012

Palis du Loxembourg – Paris, France

The Palis du Loxembourg has been the seat of the French senate since 1799. The early 17th century Italian-style mansion sits at the front of a 59-acre park located in the 6th arrondissement. It was built by Marie de Medicis after her husband, King Henri IV, was killed. Nostalgic for her childhood home – the Pitti Palace in Florence – she had the architect recreate the Italian-style mansion and gardens. She was only able to live in the mansion for 5 years before she was forced into exile by her son, Louis XIII, on the so-called Day of Dupes. The Day of Dupes is the name given to the day in November 1630 on which the enemies of Cardinal Richelieu mistakenly believed that they had succeeded in persuading Louis XIII to dismiss Richelieu from power. The queen mother demanded the cardinal’s dismissal, declaring that the king had to choose between him and her. The King chose the cardinal and his mother was subsequently exiled to Compiegne.

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