☆ Hôtel de Sully ☆
“Ploughing and grazing are the two teats of France” affirmed Maximilien of Béthune, Duke of Sully and superintendent of the finances of Henri IV..
Nevertheless, in 1634, he opted for a sumptuous ‘pied-à-terre’ in the Marais – completed four years earlier – rather than the greenery of the countryside..
This archetypal 17th-century Parisian mansion house wowed fashionable society before becoming a dairy and a shop for the latest goods in the 19th century..
Today, it houses the Centre des Monuments Nationaux and has been brilliantly restored from the main entrance in rue Saint-Antoine, to the orangery at the end of the garden, opening on to place des Vosges..