☆ Place des Vosges and Victor Hugo’s house ☆
Formerly known as the “place Royale”, this square has remained intact – miraculously so – since it was commissioned by Henri IV in 1604..
The thirty-six townhouses have constituted a perfect symmetry from the day they were built, with their brick façades, deep-pitched slate roofs and the ground floor made up of a gallery of arcades for walking..
Add a few musketeers and you’d think you were in a swashbuckling adventure film… or back to the splendid carrousel that inaugurated the square in 1612 to celebrate the wedding of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria..
Since its sensational ‘launch’, the square has never resigned its fashionable feel..
Each house is rich in history, art, literature, several dazzling literary salons, and many famous names..
Madame de Sévigné was born at the Hôtel de Coulanges, Cardinal Richelieu, Théophile Gautier, Alphonse Daudet, and the tragic actress Rachel, also lived there, as well as Victor Hugo, from 1832 to 1848..
Transformed into a museum, his apartment in the Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée reveals the story of his life, from the antechamber of his youth to his death bed, not forgetting a visit to the Chinese salon, where he played out his love affair with Juliette Drouet.. If you look closely, you’ll see their initials intrompe-l’oeil..
Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée.
6, place des Vosges (4th).
Tel: 01 42 72 10 16.
Daily: 10am-6pm, except Mon and public holidays.