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Palais Jacques-Coeur

10 B rue Jacques Coeur, 18000 Bourges, France
+33 2 48 24 79 42
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Am in love with Jacques Coeur

Jacques Coeur is one of the great characters of the Middle Ages who travelled far, rose to high... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
Kathy G
Breathtaking 15th century palace beautifully restored

One of the highlights of any trip to Bourges is the fabulous Palais Jacques Cœur, built in the... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Jane I
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The “Grant’Maison” of Jacques Cœur, financier to king Charles VII, was built in the mid-15th century and is one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic civic architecture in France. The relatively unadorned western facade, built on the Gallo-Roman town walls, contrasts starkly with the richly decorated eastern facade overlooking the street. The Palais Jacques Cœur is a fine example of the Flamboyant style of the late Middle Ages and its attention to the comfort of the inhabitants prefigures the great residences of the Renaissance. Open: > 2nd May to 30th June: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6.15 p.m. > 1st July to 31st August: from 9.45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. > 1st to 30th April and 1st to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. > 1st October to 31st March: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.15 p.m. Last admission 1 hr before closing time. Closed: > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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10 B rue Jacques Coeur, 18000 Bourges, France
+33 2 48 24 79 42
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

Jacques Coeur is one of the great characters of the Middle Ages who travelled far, rose to high office and then was hounded by his king -- a fascinating character and his palace is a good place to begin if you are interested .

Thank Kathy G
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

One of the highlights of any trip to Bourges is the fabulous Palais Jacques Cœur, built in the first half of the 15th century by this wealthy, ambitious but ill-fated entrepreneur and financier and his wife, but never lived in by him. Carefully restored over...More

Thank Jane I
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Very impressive 15th century palace built for a merchant with links all over the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. This summer includes several rooms of the stunning clay statuary of Georges Jeanclos addressing the horrors of the occupation in a powerfully universalist mode.

Thank Glenn B
Reviewed 6 July 2017

A wonderful and interesting building in the heart of Bourges giving a fascinating insight to French history with some clear explanations about the background and history of the structure.

Thank Darryl R
Reviewed 8 May 2017

This is a must for anyone who is interested in houses, history, building and craftsmanship. Built by Louis VII's energetic Treasurer at vast expense this remains, even after all this time and a deal of restoration, a house that would feature on Grand Designs. From...More

Thank cmfc
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Jacques Couer is a local historical citizen for which the city can be justly proud. The self guided tour of this lovely house is well worth taking. Creature comforts were hard to come by in the Middle Ages, but wealth and intelligence certainly helped. Unlike...More

Thank ulysses4
Reviewed 12 February 2017

What a beautiful place and very well organised for visitors. It is a must see in Bourges. I would highly recommend it for all ages.

Thank Jill F
Reviewed 19 January 2017

A real gem even for those who seek out such places. On the downside the guided tours are only conducted in French.

Thank Nigel S
Reviewed 27 December 2016

A visit to this fascinating palace is a must. There are very good and informative explanations in every room, a good film and an excellent shop.

Thank VictoriaSW1
Reviewed 27 December 2016

The Palace is well preserved, has a lot of history (so does its creator Jacques Coeur), the rooms have a lot of different styles, and there are even a couple of fun surprises.

Thank Eric T
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