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Hotel de Lauzun, Paris

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The Hôtel de Lauzun on the quai d'Anjou, Île Saint-Louis, Paris, is the rival of the Hôtel Lambert among the few hôtels particuliers that retain their rich carved, painted, mirrored and gilded interiors from the time of Louis XIV. It was built in towards the end of the 17th century.The hôtel particulier was not built by the Duc de Lauzun whose name it bears, but by a rich financier, Charles Gruyn des Bordes, the son of an inn-keeper grown rich from his trade and richer still, according to a pamphleteer, through speculations enabled by his title as general commissioner of cavalry during the civil disorders of the Fronde.Gruyn des Bordes had purchased the lot in 1641, but by the time he was prepared to build, he had new neighbours in the Île Saint-Louis to emulate, namely, the Hôtel Lambert de Thorigny. His new wife, Geneviève de Mony, hastened the completion of the house, completed in 1657 from designs by Louis Le Vau. Gruyn's initial 'G' is interlaced with her 'M' on chimneybreasts and throughout the decor. Gruyn, however, had Nicolas Fouquet as a patron and shared in Fouquet's disastrous fall. An inquest into his financial dealings found him guilty of fraud; he was thrown into prison and died there. His widow, having kept her financial affairs separate from his, survived his ruin and left the hotel to her son.
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  • I had the pleasure of visiting two floors of this beautiful place yesterday. The painted ceilings of the 1st floor are incredible, authentic, they date from the construction of the 17th century. The second floor is full of allegorical details.
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  • a great building has to see very beautiful rooms and especially the ceilings the small and large history of this building is also interesting and in the courtyard a superb sundial
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  • Hôtel de Lauzun is a 17th-century hôtel particulier, or private mansion, located on the quai d'Anjou of the île Saint-Louis in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, France. It is among the few parisians hôtels that retain their rich carved, painted, mirrored and gilded interiors from the time of Louis XIV.
  • 13. November 2017 the average rating is 4.6 !
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