Hotel de Sens, Paris

Hotel de Sens, Paris

Hotel de Sens is one of the three original medieval residences left in Paris. It was built between 1474 and 1519 as a home for the bishop Tristan de Salazar. Mixed architectural design of the building reveals transitions that had taken place between the Medieval and Renaissance epochs. The architecture of Hotel de Sens shows elements of a fortification structure. There are turrets (armored towers) for observing the surrounding area, a square tower served as a dungeon, the arched entryway with built-in slopping passages from where boiling water could be poured upon invaders. In 1605, Queen Margot, ex-wife of King Henri IV of Navarre, settled here. Eccentric by nature and with a taste for lavish lifestyle, Queen Margot reportedly indulged herself with numerous love affairs here, and is said to have gathered her lovers' hair to make wigs that she later sported. Between 1689 and 1743, the property accommodated the office of Lyon stagecoach for parcels and deliveries, and had a full title of Siege de Messageries, Coches and Carroisses de Lyon, Bourgogne et Franche Comté. After the French Revolution, it was occupied by art students and, at some point, was turned into a jam factory.

In 1883, the Paris Council established here a library - Bibliotheque Fornay - specialized in art and art techniques. Soon, it became quite popular with artists, bronze workers and architects. Industrialist, Samuel Fornay, donated 200,000 francs for the education of young artists. It is in his honor that the library got its name. In 1929, after major renovations, the library was converted into a hotel - Hotel de Sens. On your tour of Paris, make sure to stop by and admire this medieval residence's elegant formal gardens and dramatic design. Sit down on one of the garden benches and relax, detached from the nearby hectic city.
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Sight Name: Hotel de Sens
Sight Location: Paris, France
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Hotel-de-Ville Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Paris, France

Create Your Own Walk in Paris

Create Your Own Walk in Paris

Creating your own self-guided walk in Paris is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Luxembourg (6th Arr) Walking Tour

Luxembourg (6th Arr) Walking Tour

This tour takes you to explore the 6th or so-called Luxembourg arrondissement, one of the most expensive districts of Paris, home to posh boutiques, eateries and iconic cafes once favored by legendary writers, the likes of Hemingway and Camus. The area is particularly renowned for its unique architecture, rich history, and deeply rooted intellectual tradition. On this tour you will visit Jardin du Luxembourg, Le Palais de Luxembourg, Saint-Sulpice Church and other notable sights.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Opera-Elysees Souvenir Shops

Opera-Elysees Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Paris without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Paris, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
The Da Vinci Code Walking Tour

The Da Vinci Code Walking Tour

Owing to the success of the controversial "The Da Vinci Code" book by Dan Brown, Paris has become even an more popular tourist destination. This self-guided tour will take you through the main places described in the novel so that you could see for yourself and decide whether to believe or not.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Hotel-de-Ville Walking Tour

Hotel-de-Ville Walking Tour

This tour takes you to explore the 4th arrondissement of Paris (aka "arrondissement de l'Hôtel-de-Ville") visiting The City Hall (Hôtel de Ville), Notre Dame Cathedral, Maison de Victor Hugo and other notable sights of the district otherwise renowned for its cute little streets, cafes, and shops. Rather fashionable as such, it is also regarded by the locals as expensive and congested. We invite you to take this walk and see for yourself whether it's true or not.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
City Center Nightlife

City Center Nightlife

A haven for the arts in Europe, with its influence felt worldwide, Paris boasts a steady stream of visitors to its fine city. After dark, guests to the City of Light can enjoy a multitude of great nightlife establishments that is sure to appeal to anyone looking for a hot night on the town. Whether its live DJs spinning intense electronic beats or a live acoustic jazz band you’re looking for Paris has it all. Take this City Center Nightlife Tour and explore the heart of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th arrondissements at night.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
The French Revolution Landmarks Walking Tour

The French Revolution Landmarks Walking Tour

The French Revolution had a huge impact on France's history as it gave rise to a radical democratic republic and resulted in violence during the Reign of Terror. A lot of Paris' buildings were damaged beyond repair in the course of the Revolution. The sites they occupied are of a great historical value now. This guide is to highlight the landmarks of the French Revolution that remain.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 km

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