At first it was called "Palais Cardinal," but before the death of the cardinal it was given as a gift to the King of France and its name changed to "Le Palais-Royal" (Royal Palace).
Following a fire that broke out in the palace in 1773, it was rebuilt and restored to its current shape by Louis Philippe 4th of Orleans. He turned the place into a well-known Parisian site with boutiques, theaters, cafes, a small park and more. For this reason, the palace was called the "Palace of Commerce" and King Louis Philippe was called "the head of the merchants." The reason for turning the place into a place of commerce was the great debts the king had, because of the many lands and palaces in his possession. The palace reopened in its present form in 1784 and became a huge financial success.
The palace returned to the Orleans family in 1814 and remained their place of residence until 1848. During these years, Pierre Francois Leonard Fontaine became the architect of the family and made useful and stylish changes to the palace during the restoration period and the July Monarchy.
The palace was looted by the revolutionaries who overthrew the July Monarchy on February 22, 1848.
The Palais Royal also houses the Comedie Française, one of the six national theaters of France.
In the garden you will also find Paul Buri's balls statue, rows of strawberry and chestnut trees, fountains in the shape of fans on grass, bordered by flower beds alongside marble statues and 180 arches surrounding the garden.
The most successful stores were beauty-care stores that promised men and women wonders, such as new teeth, glass eyes, wigs to hide baldness and even artificial muscles. The typical woman could have new eyelids, shoulders, and cleavage.
But the Royal Palais was famous not only because of its shops, but also because of the brothels. Young Napoleon, who was exposed to the provocative place, arrived in Paris to deal with legal matters relating to his family and found himself documenting the loss of his virginity with one of the girls who worked there.
By the way, nowadays, you can not find brothels and gambling in the compound, but the complete opposite. Today it is one of the most peaceful and quiet places in Paris with cafes and small boutique shops.