Conseil économique, social et environnemental (CESE)

9 place d'Iéna - 75016 Paris

Trocadéro - Passy - 16e Arrondissement

Le CESE, hypostyle, Paris © CESE - Benoît Fougeirol - Palais d’Iéna - Architecte Auguste Perret - UFSE - SAIF


The Palais d’Iéna, located in Paris’ 16th arrondissement, is a monument inspired by classical architecture as seen in Athens’s Parthenon. It was built in 1937 using primarily reinforced concrete, a very modern material at that time. The Palais d’Iéna was designed by one of the most famous French architects of the 20th century: Auguste Perret, the artist known for having given reinforced concrete its prestige.
The third constitutional assembly of the French Republic after the National Assembly and the Senate, the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC) represents key economic, social and environmental fields, promoting cooperation between different socio-professional interest groups and ensuring they are part of the process of shaping and reviewing public policy.
The ESEC has a major role to play in these times of economic, social and environmental change. It advises the government and parliament, and participates in the development of economic, social and environmental policies.
The Council is composed of public figures and representatives of the associative sector, employers and employees. Representing tens of millions of French citizens, the ESEC is at the heart of major social issues and develops new proposals relating to the key topics that will have an impact upon our lives today and tomorrow.
The Palais d'Iéna itself is composed of all of Auguste Perret's technical and architectural innovations, showing that combining simple shapes such as rectangles, triangles and circles, it is possible to create new and elegant forms.
All of Perret's works, especially the Palais d'Iéna, are inspired by the notion of 'sovereign shelter' , which according to Perret was 'a group of noble facades designed to challenge changes and fashions, behind which can be threatened, over the years, all the provisions that one will wish according to the needs of the moment'.
The Palais d'Iéna was built between 1937 and 1946. It has successively been the home of the Musée de Travaux Public (Museum of Public Works) from 1939 to 1956, then briefly the Assemblée de l'Union Française (Assembly of the French Union), and finally the ESEC since 1959. A listed historical monument since 1993, the Palais d'Iéna houses numerous works: mosaics and sculptures by Martial Raysse, tapestries from the Aubusson and Gobelins tapestry manufacturers, frescos by Jean Souverbie and more.

Architectural style

  • 1930
  • Art déco
  • Monumental


  • Arts décoratifs
  • Auditorium
  • Bronzes
  • Fresques
  • Mobilier
  • Mosaïques
  • Salles (autres)
  • Salles de réception
  • Salons privés
  • Sculpture
  • Tapis
  • Tapisseries

Epoque des collections

  • Modernisme (XXe)
  • Contemporain (XXe - XXIe)
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Services and facilities of the establishment

  • Educational activities
  • Visitor tools
  • Free Wifi
  • Cloakroom

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian

Documentation in a foreign language

  • English

Educational activities

Visits for school groups

Entrance fees and modalities

Independent tour

Visits are free.

Group tour

Visits are free.


Visits are free.

Closing times

Saturday, Sunday

Exceptional closure

Annual closure from 14 July to 31 August and from Christmas to New Year's Day.

Opening times

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Group visits for minimum 10 people. Individual visitors can become part of a group depending on the existing number of people.

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Conseil économique, social et environnemental (CESE)

9 place d'Iéna
75016 Paris
Tel.. +33 (0) 1 44 43 63 27

  • Subway - Iéna
  • RER - Pont de l'Alma
  • Bus - 32, 63, 82

Sustainable development approach

The ESEC makes sustainable development a strategic priority and endeavours to act as a major player in respecting environmental, economic and social issues, which is reflected in its aims and operation. In this regard and in accordance with ESEC's sustainable development action plan, the events and audiences it welcomes should commit to eco-friendly approaches as part of the development of the Palais d’Iéna. The ESEC also asks event organizers to comply with its green events charter. The measures proposed in this charter tackles lajor sustainable development issues with concrete, realistic propositions. To integrate these into the organization of an event at the Palais d'Iéna, the organizer must encourage their ethical and respectful implementation in regards to the personnel and participants involved.

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

  • Physical Physical

Access facilities

  • Free admission for disabled visitors on presentation of proof
  • Free admission for the accompanying person

Accessibility information

Physical disability: accessible tour, disabled toilets.

Monument in the same district: Trocadéro - Passy

Monument in the same arrondissement: 16th arrondissement

Monument in Paris and in the Paris Region: Monument

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