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Hôtel de Lauzun, Paris

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The Hôtel de Lauzun on the quai d'Anjou, Île Saint-Louis, Paris, is the rival of the Hôtel Lambert among the few hôtels particuliers that retain their rich carved, painted, mirrored and gilded interiors from the time of Louis XIV.The hôtel particulier was not built by the Duc de Lauzun, whose name it bears, but by a rich financier, Charles Gruyn des Bordes, the son of an inn-keeper grown rich from his trade and richer still, according to a pamphleteer, through speculations enabled by his title as general commissioner of cavalry during the civil disorders of the Fronde.Gruyn des Bordes had purchased the lot in 1641, but by the time he was prepared to build, he had new neighbours in the Île Saint-Louis to emulate, namely, the Hôtel Lambert de Thorigny. His new wife, Geneviève de Mony, hastened the completion of the house, completed in 1657 from designs by Louis Le Vau. Gruyn's initial 'G' is interlaced with her 'M' on chimneybreasts and throughout the decor. Gruyn, however, had Nicolas Fouquet as a patron and shared in Fouquet's disastrous fall. An inquest into his financial dealings found him guilty of fraud; he was thrown into prison and died there. His widow, having kept her financial affairs separate from his, survived his ruin and left the hotel to her son.
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  • Magnificent mansion which can be visited only on invitation or booking with a guide. The food was excellent, parts are richly decorated and the guide is passionate and exciting. Magnificent views of the Seine. A must see!
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  • It is with a particular reservation, I made this visit, because this building is not open to the public. Located on the island of St. Louis, this particular hotel is full of history. One visit, one on the Seine side. Walls and ceilings are beautiful. Lauzin Hall named after a Duke who remained there shortly and is not at the origin of its construction; It is a financier, Charles Gruyn who is the sponsor.
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  • Beautiful place full of history, where Charles Baudelaire lived for a few years... beautiful conservation
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  • Accessible, rustic, close to the Seine in Paris
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  • History. Lohnt sich zu besichtigen
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  • Beautiful stones on the île de la Cité
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