Tuesday, 28 April 2015

HÔTEL DE CLUNY


The Cluny Museum of the Middle Ages in the 5th arrondissement is housed in the Hotel de Cluny which was built in 1485 by the Bishop Jacques d'Amboise.

Its foundations are laid on the remains of the Gallo Roman baths which were in existence 2000 years ago.  These baths were destroyed by invading barbarians in 285 A.D.

The Hotel de Cluny is an excellent example of late (15th century) Gothic architecture and superbly illustrates the Flamboyant style with its excessively elaborate and intricate embellishments.  

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