In the 4th arrondissement of Paris you can find the Celestins district and you can discover the training area of the cavalrymen of the French Republican Guard – part of the French gendarmerie which provides security in Paris as well as guards of honour.
The French Republican Garde stands on the site of the former Convent of the Celestines. King Philip the Fair introduced the Celestines into France in 1300 and the convent was built in 1352 on the site of what was a former Carmelite convent.
Constructed in 1895, the district houses the headquarters and the cavalry regiment of the French Republican Guard. Its stables are home today to the 140 horses of the 1st squadron and to the brass band of the Republican Guard.
- Guarding important public buildings in Paris such as the Élysée Palace (the residence of the President of the French Republic), the Hôtel Matignon (the residence of the Prime Minister of France), the Palais du Luxembourg (the Senate), the Palais Bourbon (the National Assembly), the Hall of Justice, and keeping public order in Paris.
- Honor and security services for the highest national personalities and important foreign guests;
- Support of other law enforcement forces (with intervention groups, or horseback patrols);
- Staffing horseback patrol stations, particularly for the forests of the Île-de-France region;
- Transporting and escorting urgent organ transplants.
You can book a guided tour which starts with the Traditions Room, housed in a former stable, dedicated to the history of the Republican Guard from 1802 until today.
You will be captivated by the magnificent Eiffel Tower style structure of the riding stables where the cavalrymen train daily. Inside the Main Stable and the Major’s Stable your guide will explain the characteristics of the majestic horses.
What an unusual guided tour in the heart of Paris that takes you behind the scenes of the cavalry of the Republican Guard.
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