"Palais Abbatial" Saint Germain des Pres District Tip by MM212

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  Palais Abbatial, Nov 2010
by MM212
  • Palais Abbatial, Nov 2010 - Paris
      Palais Abbatial, Nov 2010
    by MM212
  • Seen through place Fürstenberg, Nov 10 - Paris
      Seen through place Fürstenberg, Nov 10
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Located behind Abbaye Saint-Germain-des-Près, le Palais Abbatial was built in 1586 by Cardinal de Bourbon, the Abbot of Saint-Germain-des-Près. The architect of the palace is thought to be Guillaume de Marchand, whose design is considered a precursor to the Louis XIII style that emerged in France shortly thereafter. Le Palais Abbatial was also the second building in Paris, after Hôtel Scipion, to combine redbrick and stone in its construction. Some modifications occurred later, particularly around 1680 by Guillaume Egon, the Cardinal landgrave of Fürstenberg. His title is eternalised a short block away from the palace, at place Fürstenberg, one of the most charming squares in Paris. It is planted with four large Paulownia trees and is often featured in French films. Le Palais Abbatial is nowadays the headquarters of a couple of religious organisations.

Address: rue de l'Abbaye, Paris 6e

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  • Updated Dec 8, 2010
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