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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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  • A product of 17th Century construction, Hotel de Lauzun is located on the eastern edge of Ile St. Louis. It has passed through a number of owners and roles over the years and now belongs to the city o...  more »
  • For those who have already seen all the major museums of Paris, it's a good idea to visit this place. We were lucky to be able to book a guided tour (in French) this Hotel particulier during our stay in Paris, there are very few dates in the year. You visit just some salt on the side towards the Seine. Not being an expert, was not very clear what has been added at the end of the 19th century/modificato than the original decorations of the 17th century, when it was built, but it was all still very scenic. Very impressive the Hall where they met members of the Club des hashishin.
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  • Part of a small group (15 people), we could visit this Mansion from the 17th century on Saturday. This visit, accompanied by a guide speaker lasted 1 hours (from 12: 00 to 13: 00). The time is limited but sufficient to discover an apartment made up of several rooms in a row more richly decorated than the other (ceilings and walls adorned with paintings and gilding). Today, this hotel belongs to the city of Paris. Very nice exterior with a beautiful wrought iron balcony; an inner courtyard paved with three facades and a wall blind (a visible Sundial). Outside the Charles Gruyn financier who made it build, this hotel housed some celebrities including the Duke of Lauzun, Charles Baudelaire, who with Théophile Gautier, his neighbor, will create the Haschischins club. Very interesting tour to discover the inside of one of the most beautiful houses of Paris.
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  • great location
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  • Sublime (but expensive) .a delicious example of the Paris Grand century in full at the island of Saint Louis.
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  • Magnificent. All in the heart of the island of saint luis
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  • Accessible, rustic, close to the Seine in Paris
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