Jacques Coeur Palace

Bourges, France

Born in Bourges some time around the year 1400, Jacques Coeur rapidly rose to the top of the social ladder. After his appointment as Finance Minister to the King and being made a nobleman, he began the construction of his Palace, which was finished around 1450.

This monument was unique in France for its time but illustrates well the original personality of its builder. It is a precursor of the mansions of the Renaissance period: the large main building is constructed against the Gallo-Roman wall. The galleries running around the courtyard link it to the chapel over the main doorway.

Great care was taken to make the Palace both comfortable and hygienic (washrooms, latrines). The reception rooms and private apartments have richly decorated fireplaces. The different parts of the building are linked by a particularly practical system of spiral staircases, passages and galleries.

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Founded: ca. 1450
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in France

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wolfgang steinhoff (6 months ago)
Beautiful Renaisance palace, many original details preserved, the best reason to visit Bourges
Claude (8 months ago)
We came in during a freezing december afternoon... ar 16:30. Too late to visit. We left.
Aditi Mandal (9 months ago)
Beautiful craftsmanship embedded in the palace!
Katrin Gohr (2 years ago)
Beautiful castle. I liked the carvings around the fire places and especially the wooden ceilings and the staircases.
Paul Ogier (2 years ago)
One of the most dazzling piece of medieval architecture, in a country that boasts Notre Dame and countless others. The intriguing personality of Jacques Coeur is reflected in the most exquisitely sculpted medieval scenes, the maze of corridors, the elegance of the reception rooms. Its uniqueness is due to it being one of the only example of Gothic architecture for laymans (as opposed to churches and castles), and the magnificence of the interiors, where you can even imagine the Renaissance coming. Definitely one of the masterpiece of Gothic art in the world.
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