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.
Elysee (8th Arr) Walking Tour II

Elysee (8th Arr) Walking Tour II

This is the 2nd part of the 8th arrondissement tour of Paris, exploring one of the busiest districts of the French capital. Among the tourist highlights visited on this walk is the famous Arc de Triomphe, plus a number of museums and historic monuments.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 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
Top Paris Museums

Top Paris Museums

The following tour comprises a few great museums situated along the Seine. As France has a rich historic past and a vast cultural background, there are a lot of museums exhibiting collections that prove that. You can visit some of them by taking the suggested walking tour presented below.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Bourse-Opera Attractions Walking Tour

Bourse-Opera Attractions Walking Tour

Located on the right bank of the River Seine, the 2nd arrondissement, together with the adjacent 8th and 9th arrondissements, hosts an important business district, centred on the Paris Opéra. The area contains the former Paris Bourse (stock exchange), the Garnier Opera House and the famous Fragonard Perfume Museum.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 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
Palais-Bourbon Walking Tour

Palais-Bourbon Walking Tour

The 7th arrondissement of Paris is the most affluent and prestigious residential area in France, home to the French upper class, plus a number of French national institutions, government offices and diplomatic missions. This neighborhood boasts typically Parisian architecture complete with vibrant cafes, restaurants and gourmet shops which draw foodies in their numbers. Among other attractions on this walk you will visit the Eiffel Tower, Hôtel des Invalides (Napoléon's resting place), Palais-Bourbon, Musée d'Orsay, Musee Rodin, and Musée du quai Branly.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km

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