La Tour Jean Sans Peur, Paris

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The Tour Jean-sans-Peur or Tour de Jean sans Peur, located in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, is the last vestige of the Hôtel de Bourgogne, the residence first of the Counts of Artois and then the Dukes of Burgundy. The tower contained bed chambers and the grand stairway of the original residence, which stood next to it. It was completed between 1409–1411 by Jean sans Peur. The original hôtel occupied about a hectare of land, the boundaries of which are now marked by the rues Étienne Marcel, Montorgueil, Saint-Sauveur, and Saint-Denis. The tower itself is located at 20 rue Étienne Marcel, in the courtyard of an elementary school. It is one of the best surviving examples of medieval residential architecture in Paris. The tower is open to the public and presents changing expositions on life in the Middle Ages.HistoryThe Hôtel d'ArtoisThe first hôtel particulier or manor, on the site was built by the Counts of Artois, whose domains included most of northern France and Flanders. In 1270, Robert II, Count of Artois, the nephew of king Louis IX, known as "Saint Louis", bought several houses and about a hectare of land in the northern part of the city, adjacent to the wall of Philippe Auguste, the first city wall of Paris, which had been built between 1190 and 1290. Part of the land was outside the wall, the other part within Paris. As the city grew, a new wall built by Charles V, completed in 1383 brought the entire property within the city limits. Little is known about this first hôtel, which was largely rebuilt by its later owners.
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  • Our Apartment was a few steps away from the Tour Jean Sans Peur. We saw the gate the tower and flyers that excited our curiosity. Such an accidental discovery! The tower opens at specific times...  more »
  • Rarely open this historic tower used to form part of the defensive walls of Paris. There is an exhibition in the entrance and basement as well as information boards on each floor as you climb. It...  more »
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  • Great English supplements, nice garden, good exhibit on medieval law and punishment...steps to climb. So be aware.
  • Very interesting small visit near the church Saint Eustache. For those interested in the xvth Century

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