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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  • The tower does not pay for a mine wedged between two buildings on Etienne Marcel Street. And yet it is one of the last vestiges of the rampart built by Philippe Augustus. The welcome is smiling. we visit the Tower from the bottom up and up and up. Not many pieces of furniture is true, but those present are faithful reconstructions of historical objects. Also reconstructions of period clothing. We will discover with amusement the reconstruction of the Count's latrines! The journey ends with the ceiling of the staircase, a jewel of medieval sculpture. In the halls, signs trace life in a noble mansion around the 14th and 15th century. We understand better how we lived, how we ate, we slept, we washed etc ... In short, enough to break a lot of clichés about the Middle Ages. The texts are easy for children to read. The temporary exhibition is in the basement. In April 2019, she was talking about the party in the Middle Ages. It's a good hour and a half to find out everything. The catalogues of each temporary exhibition are available for sale. A monument that is worth a visit not far from the Halles and the Louvre.
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  • a museum...."empty"! the few objects on display are compensated by many interesting explanatory panels,(idem for temporary exhibitions) however this little gem of medieval architecture is worth a visit (count an hour and a half of visiting)
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  • Great English supplements, nice garden, good exhibit on medieval law and punishment...steps to climb. So be aware.
  • Very interesting small visit near the church Saint Eustache. For those interested in the xvth Century
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