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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

Medieval Townhouses

Paris

13-14th century

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In the Middle Ages, Paris was one of the most prosperous cities in medieval Europe.

Powerful families moved in to be closer to the king and to court.

4 medieval buildings in particular are worth a visit : the Hotel de Sens, the Hotel de Cluny, the Hotel de Bourgogne and the Hotel de Clisson.

The Hotel de Sens belonged to the powerful archbishops of Sens - a city about 100km away from Paris and from which the bishops of Paris depended.

The Hotel de Cluny belonged to the powerful abbots of Cluny, the leading monastic order in Europe, and is now the Medieval Museum.

The Hotel de Bourgogne was owned by the powerful Dukes of Burgundy whose lands at one point stretched all the way to the Netherlands!

It was said that the Duke of Burgundy could walk from his townhouse to the royal palace, over the city walls, without setting foot on the streets!

The Hotel de Clisson belonged to a rich nobleman from Brittany, Olivier de Cresson, nicknamed "the Butcher" by the English for his ferocity as military commander during the Hundred Years War.