This was once the residence of Jacques-Benigne Bossuet during his time serving as a French Bishop in Meaux. The building was constructed in the 12th Century, long before Bossuet actually lived there, however visitors can still see his tombstone on the grounds. There are tours that operate around the palace, including the cathedral and the gardens, that give background to the difference architectural styles that dominate the building. The residence was in constant construction from the 12th Century all the way up until the 17th Century with the completion of major changes on the lower level. In 1927, the building was listed as a historic landmark and has since housed the Bossuet Museum.
Flanking the northeastern end of the breathtaking Place de la Concorde, Hôtel de la Marine is one of the finest architectural gems at the square. Built in 1774, the majestic Neoclassical edifice, with its stunning colonnade and relief-work was designed by the royal architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel, who is also credited with designing the square. The building's first resident was the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne, an institution responsible for the furniture at the royal palace. This changed with the onset of the French Revolution in 1789, when it was repurposed to house the Navy ministry and continued as their residence for more than two centuries until 2015. Visitors to Hôtel de la Marine today will discover it's eventful history as well as it's regal interiors that reflect the opulence of the time. An identical edifice to the west of Hôtel de la Marine completes the symmetry of the square.
The first Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais Church was built in the 6th Century in the Marais district in Paris. The construction of its current shape started in 1494 and lasted 150 years. It is consequently the oldest parish of the Seine’s right bank. Even though its style is definitely Gothic, the French classicism has inspired the creation of the facade, which was finished in 1621. This facade has a distinctive feature: it has three different Greek-style columns; moreover, one can also admire the two sundials: one is made with Roman numerals, to the southeast, the other with Arabic numerals, to the southwest. Inside the Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais Church, one can look at the oldest church organ of Paris.
Founded in 1257 by Robert de Sorbon, King Saint-Louis' Chaplain, la Sorbonne is famous around the world. At its humble beginning, 16 students of Theology studied there. Now thousands of students apply here every year to gain expertise in varied fields of study. The chapel is the oldest part of the university, which was re-established by Napoléon in 1806 after the French Revolution. Towards the end of 19th century, additions of the Grand Amphithéâtre, Palais Académique and Bibliothèque were added to the structure. There is no entry fee at the gates, however, there are paid guided tours interested groups.
This Seine riverboat lets you discover the sights of Paris without having to navigate the city all by yourself. Hop aboard one of their state of the art vessels for a trip around the city, day or night. Cruises will take you past popular attractions like the Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Musee d'Orsay, and many more. Special cruises offer champagne tastings, so be sure to visit the website for unique offerings.
La Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes comprises the Jardin Des Plants' zoological display area, continually operating since its construction in 1794. The lengthy history of one of the world's oldest zoos is reflected in the architectural styles of animal enclosures. Small log cabins are still used to house the more diminutive animal displays while newer additions such as the aviary (inspired by Marie Antoinette's farm displays and constructed 1888) and the vivarium (1926) trace a legacy from Beaux Arts to deco. The sheer amount of animals on display here, clocking in around 1800, is impressive enough, only augmented by the fact that 30 percent of the menagerie consists of near-extinct species. A site of inspiration and conservation, this zoological treasure relies on ticket sales to help acclimate endangered animals and return them to their natural habitats.
This Gothic style college that was built in the 12th century, is one of the beautiful churches in the city. The architecture of Collégiale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption is stunning and regarded as one of the most significant structures in the history of Crecy-la-chapelle. The space is also available for private events. Call ahead for detailed information.
The arboretum of École du Breuil is a vast complex containing 1300 trees of 500 different species and varieties. This beautiful arboretum is located in the Bois de Vincennes beside the Du Breuil horticultural school. It benefits from a wonderful quietness which squirrels and rabbits appreciate too! All the trees are labeled: you will see conifers, oaks, lime trees, poplars, etc. There are display panels about location of the different species, ecology and fauna. It is possible to have a guided tour as well as take gardening courses. Don t miss the pond and the Cercidiphyllum japonicum (its leaves smell of caramel in autumn), the Eucalyptus largiflorens (black gum) with autumn red leaves as well as the cunninghamia, a rare Chinese conifer.
The Eglise Saint Medard is a famous Roman Catholic church, located in downtown Brunoy in France, whose construction started way back in the 12th century and was completed only by end of the 18th century. Constructed on the same site where a historical Merovingian chapel stood, this collegiate church is designed with a heavily decorated nave and choir. The decorations include fancy painted panels and beautiful paintings, such as the famous work by Restout, 'Madonna and Child'. The pulpit adorned by a glory, along with the altarpiece, a baroque-style wooden bench and confessional add to the magnificence of the décor.