Palais Jacques-Coeur

Palais Jacques-Coeur, Bourges: Address, Phone Number, Palais Jacques-Coeur Reviews: 4.5/5

Palais Jacques-Coeur
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
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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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1234texas
Seabrook, TX2,222 contributions
Nov 2019
This is another very attractive structures in the Bordeaux region--there are a lot of them and they can all merge together after a while. This one has a great exterior and interior.
Be certain to put it on your list of things to see.
Written February 14, 2020
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MrsO
Chinnor, UK107 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Very interesting tour and beautiful building. When we arrived it was shut until 2pm so we had to wait around but it was worth the wait.
Written September 29, 2019
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Jenny C
Geelong, Australia106 contributions
Jun 2019
I suggest you do some reading before headint through this beautiful building. Without knowing the story it is hard to pick up the significance of the rooms. The audio tour was one of the better ones I have used, just enough to get you through the room at a good pace whilst providing an informative narrative. Recommedn you visit, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Written August 23, 2019
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saveriopenniconi
Roma, Lazio19 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
I think it's kinda crazy that one of the main attractions of the city has no wardrobe. If you have a backpack you simply cannot visit it.
Written July 20, 2019
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Dancing_Badger
Bury, UK139 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
This is well worth a visit. Tours are provided in French - my French isn't good enough but you can do a self guided tour. The little leaflet which is provided free doesn't look much but actually has quite a lot of information together with information boards in every room. The rooms are mostly unfurnished but are in good well preserved condition. The tour takes about an hour and is different from the usual chateaux - not as grand as many but fascinating and worth the admission.
Written July 3, 2019
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Eva Julia T
London, UK370 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Jacques Coeur was immensely wealthy and he spent lavishly on this wonderful building. It is decorated with exquisite stone sculptures of everyday life. There is, for example a couple playing chesss. This palace is very big, and good enough for royalty. It even had some under-floor heating and running water.
Do not miss this, if you are in Bourges.
Written June 26, 2019
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Arvind Kumar Yerram
Hyderabad, India1,330 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
Along with the cathedral, this is another must visit place in Bourges. Historical and in pure gothic style with good collection of artifacts.
Written February 18, 2019
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Chip1701
Plymouth, MN1,038 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Bourges is probably not on a lot of tourist "must visit" lists but, if you find yourself there, it is a very pleasant city. Two places stand out to me here and this palace is one of them. I had never heard of Jacques Coeur until visiting this area. A very well-to-do international trader, he made a fortune importing goods to France. His palace is not really furnished with goods from his time but the building is interesting to tour. The audio guide is a MUST so pay the extra 3 euros. It really gives you the history of the man and his eventual downfall.
Written October 22, 2018
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Pierre T
Wavre, Belgium66 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
A very nice, impressing palace in pure gothic style. Splendid artefacts and details, wooden ceilings, gothic statues and paintings.
Written October 2, 2018
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ross086
Vancouver, Canada147 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Great rooms, surprising beam construction. Unusual ceiling work, painted walls and ceiling. Most places this age lost woodwork to fire. Take audio.
Written September 24, 2018
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