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Lycée Hoche, Versailles

Lycée Hoche, Versailles

The Lycée Hoche is a prestigious public secondary school, incorporating both middle school and high school education.

It was commissioned as a nunnery – the Convent of the Queen – by Queen Marie, the wife of King Louis 15th. It was begun in 1767 by Richard Mique and the nuns of the Order of the Canonesses of Saint Augustine were charged with the education of the female children of the Royal household’s officers and servants.

The queen used her own money from her inheritance and her husband gave her 11 acres of the former domain of Madame de Montespan. Mique’s plan was for a chapel with a parlor for the nuns to the right of the chapel with their cells above it and a teaching room on the left with dormitories for the pupils above. The queen died in 1768 and it was her daughter Adelaide who oversaw the completion of the building.

The nuns left the convent in 1792 and from then until 1795 it was used as a military hospital. The hospital closed down and the building became a grain store until 1800, when it was again transformed into a military hospital.

Between 1804 and 1807 the building was renovated and it opened as a high school. It was later expanded to receive middle school pupils. It was named in 1888 after the General Lazare Hoche.

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Sight Name: Lycée Hoche
Sight Location: Versailles, France
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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