Assemblée nationale
Home to the French National Assembly since 1830, the Palais Bourbon [126 Rue de l'Université, +33  140636000 www.assemblee-nationale.fr/ Free guided tours for groups of 50 (call to reserve in advance)] is an iconic building that stands on the Seine riverbanks. The construction of the Palais was commissioned in the 18th century, by the Duchess of Bourbon (hence the name) and was built by Italian architect Lorenzo Giardini.  Overlooking the Seine River, the Palais Bourbon has always been a political seat of power rather than an actual palace. Thus, it was confiscated during the French Revolution, during which some expansion works occurred. The colonnaded outer façade was erected, only later, between 1804 and 1807, and was intended to imitate the Madeleine temple that stood across the river.