La Tour Jean Sans Peur, Paris

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The Tour Jean-sans-Peur or Tour de Jean sans Peur, located in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, is the last vestige of the Hôtel de Bourgogne, the residence first of the Counts of Artois and then the Dukes of Burgundy. The tower contained bed chambers and the grand stairway of the original residence, which stood next to it. It was completed between 1409–1411 by Jean sans Peur. The original hôtel occupied about a hectare of land, the boundaries of which are now marked by the rues Étienne Marcel, Montorgueil, Saint-Sauveur, and Saint-Denis. The tower itself is located at 20 rue Étienne Marcel, in the courtyard of an elementary school. It is one of the best surviving examples of medieval residential architecture in Paris. The tower is open to the public and presents changing expositions on life in the Middle Ages.HistoryThe Hôtel d'ArtoisThe first hôtel particulier or manor, on the site was built by the Counts of Artois, whose domains included most of northern France and Flanders. In 1270, Robert II, Count of Artois, the nephew of king Louis IX, known as "Saint Louis", bought several houses and about a hectare of land in the northern part of the city, adjacent to the wall of Philippe Auguste, the first city wall of Paris, which had been built between 1190 and 1290. Part of the land was outside the wall, the other part within Paris. As the city grew, a new wall built by Charles V, completed in 1383 brought the entire property within the city limits. Little is known about this first hôtel, which was largely rebuilt by its later owners.
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  • This little marvel from the very beginning of the 15th century, named in homage to Jean 1er de Bourgogne, is observed near the Metro Etienne Marcel. She remains a witness of a particular hotel that belonged to the Dukes of Burgundy for a time, at an age when the rivalry was important between the Duchy and the King. Remember that this is precisely the time when the Bishop Cochon, who then worked for Burgundy, helped the English to get their hands on Joan of arc until they were condemned. A beautiful historical curiosity off the beaten path.
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  • I was amazed to discover this medieval place. Temporary exhibition on hygiene in Paris at that time really interesting.
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  • I saw a very boring exhibition on love in the middle ages, which pretty much only had texts on display... I could have gotten as much if not more from Wikipedia at home.
  • A lovely little surprise. We stumbled on it and decided to go in. Most of the exhibit has English translations, but the special exhibit is only in French (which is awkward of you don't read the language)
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