Palais Rohan, Strasbourg

Palais Rohan, Strasbourg (must see)

You will be pleasantly surprised to learn that when you go to see the museums of Strasbourg you can also visit the Rohan Palace, which houses most of them.

Since 1262 the Bishops of Strasbourg lived in a residence that became more and more dilapidated over the centuries and in 1731 the then acting Bishop, Cardinal Maximilien de Rohan commissioned a new building which was built by the architect Joseph Massol on the site of the ancient edifice.

It stands on the bank of the River Ill, a three-sided building around an interior courtyard with the main entrance guarding the fourth side. The wing used as living quarters by the Prince-Archbishop has a Classic facade and the side facing the river has a small terrace enclosed by wrought iron railings. The courtyard gate leading to the Cathedral is topped by religious sculptures.

You can visit two areas of the palace – the Grand Apartment which houses the library that also serves as the nave to the palace chapel; the Petit Apartment faces the inner courtyard and comprises the living area and vast dining room.

Several kings and queens stayed in the palace, including Louis XV, Marie Antoinette, Charles X of France and Napoleon Bonaparte with his wife Josephine and later his second wife, Marie-Louise.

From 1872 to 1892 the University was installed in the palace and in 1898 it became the seat of the municipal museums of Strasbourg. It suffered heavy damage during the bombings of WWII and a complete restoration was finished in 1994.

Why You Should Visit:
As advertised, this palace is on par with Versailles!... albeit smaller-scale.

Tip:
As there are 3 different museums on one site, each charge is separate; however, you can buy the day pass to see all of them (Fine Arts, Decorative Arts, and Archaeology) or a 3-day pass that gets you into many other museums around town. Even better, go on the first Sunday of each month and visit for free!

Opening Hours:
Wed-Mon: 10am-6pm; closed on Tuesdays
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Palais Rohan
Sight Location: Strasbourg, France
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Strasbourg, France

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