- Itself a historic monument, the Hôtel d'Albret is the directing center for cultural affairs of Paris since 1989. Ownership has passed through a number of families since it was purchased by Anne of Montmorency for her son in 1563. The current façade, unique for its Louis XIV style in the Marais neighborhood and designed by architect Vautrain, was built in 1744. The city of Paris completely restored the site beginning in 1975, and visits by the public are now possible. The numerous rooms host cultural events and exhibitions, and outdoor summer concerts are held in the courtyard.
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