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☆ Private Mansions (hôtel particuliers) ☆


One has to go back to the Middle Ages to find the origins of the Parisian “hôtel”..

The residence of a powerful lord or rich bourgeois was set around an interior courtyard..

In the 16th century the U-shaped plan became the fashion: a main building, looking on to both the courtyard and the garden, was flanked by two wings..

In the 17th century, the model spread to the Marais and the faubourgs Saint-Germain and Saint-Honoré, giving rise to wonderful architectural mansions..

Although the hôtels Biron, Carnavalet, de Cluny, Dassault, Matignon, Salomon de Rothschild and de Sully are the most well-known, there are countless others to be discovered as you walk around..

img_0068Hôtel Biron.. Where Auguste Rodin Lived, now the Rodin Museum

img_2728Hôtel de Carnavalet, now Museum devoted to the history of Paris

musee-national-du-moyen-age-thermes-et-hotel-de-cluny-a-paris-01☆ Hôtel de Cluny, now National Museum of the Middle Ages ☆

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