From ancient buildings to modern artwork, Paris is a city full of history. But did you know that some of the sites you will see date back to the Middle Ages? Take a look at these 5 medieval places to see in Paris.
1) Musée de Cluny
Known as the National Museums of the Middle Ages, the Musée de Cluny is considered the most extraordinary medieval architecture in Paris and has been the former residence of Mary Tudor, the sister of Henry VII of England and wife of Louis XII. This museum houses important medieval artifacts of France, including medieval sculptures, stained glass, manuscripts, antique furniture, and the six La Dame à la licorne (The Lady and the Unicorn) tapestries.
2) Notre Dame
Completed in the Middle Ages, Notre Dame is a Catholic cathedral considered to be the finest example of French Gothic architecture. This Cathedral houses the official chair of the archbishop of Paris and is known for its gargoyle sculptures, stained glass, and for being used as the setting for Victor Hugo’s novel, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Notre Dame is free to the public to enter (whereas the climbing of its tower is not), and holds church services weekly.
3) Sainte Chapelle
Commissioned by King Louis IX of France, the Sainte-Chapelle is a royal medieval gothic chapel originally dedicated to house the King’s collection of Passion Relics, including the Crown of Thorns. Now, when you enter the Sainte-Chapelle, prepare yourself to be in awe at the luminous colors from the stained glass that fill the interior of this royal chapel. More information about it here.
4) Château de Vincennes
Originally built as a hunting lodge for Louis VII, Château de Vincennes is now a fortress with Europe’s highest dungeon. As one of the most important castles in France, a moat was built around the castle of Vincennes to protect the royal residence of Saint Louis. Château de Vincennes is located just outside of Paris and is open to the public to discover (more information about it here).
5) Basilique Saint Denis
Now a northern suburb of Paris, Saint Denis is home to Basilique Saint Denis – a large medieval abbey church. This basilica became the place of burial for the French Kings and although Kings of France were coronated in the Cathedral of Reims, Queens of France where normally crowned at the Basilique Saint Denis. Today, the basilica is open to public to see its gothic art, stained glass windows, and statues.
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