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Palais Jacques-Coeur

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Address: 10 B rue Jacques Coeur, 18000 Bourges, France
Phone Number: +33 2 48 24 79 42
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The “Grant’Maison” of Jacques Cœur, financier to king Charles VII, was...

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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Worth a couple of hours. Very good self tour. Some amazingly crisp original carvings. Roof space with amazing wooden strutting and beams. Good explication of the rise and fall of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Dover
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth a couple of hours. Very good self tour. Some amazingly crisp original carvings. Roof space with amazing wooden strutting and beams. Good explication of the rise and fall of Jacques Coeur

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

It is an extraordinary place but you have to visit with a guide otherwise the empty rooms might leave you frustrated

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Bourges, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

One of the reasons that people visit the ancient town.Most of the guides here are rubbish (something to do with internal politics between the governing bodies) but the building itself- amazing!

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Even more important than the beautiful cathedral, in my opinion. The visite guidée is recommendable for French speakers. Jacques Coeur was a man very much in advance for his time in France and many original constructions and decorations are present throughout the beautiful 15th century building.

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ann arbor, MI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

I hadn't heard of this place until we needed to change our travel itinerary in such a way as to include Bourges. I am glad we did and my wife and I kept asking ourselves how could people that spent so much time in France have missed this gem of a city. The carving in this palace is truly lovely... More 

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

Spectacular architecture. Easy to follow self guided tour (though apparently guides are available). Rich history.

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Saintes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

The highlight of our stay in Bourges was a visit to this house , built by a man who was an amazing character. One can visit with or without a guide, but the guided visit is well worth it. Its one of those places that one can feel the spirit of the man who lived such an interesting life, years... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

It was amazing to see the workmanship that went into this building. It is unfurnished, but it is still interesting to note the sizes of the rooms and, as well, how the servants' areas fit around public areas.

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Chatillon-Sur-Loire, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

The Palais Jacques-Coeur is a perfect example of 15thC architecture in the heart of Bourges. The smaller size of this 'town house' means that one can enjoy wandering through the sadly empty rooms imagining the grandeur, power and wealth that led to the building of this exquisite palace. The quality of the finely carved friezes, the little chapel, the construction... More 

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

The building is simply stunning but has suffered from than less than sympathetic alterations over the years. Nonetheless the self guided tour is easy to follow and the information in each room quite useful. It could be much better though and great deal more information could be provided. The building is almost completely unfurnished which is a shame but understandable.... More 

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