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Manufacture nationale des Gobelins, Paris

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Manufacture nationale des Gobelins is a tapestry factory located in Paris, where you can learn about the process and trials of creating tapestries. It is best known as a royal factory which supplied the court of Louis XIV and later monarchs. Today, you can take guided tours conducted in French and can even participate in creating a tapestry, which proves to be a more involved task than most visitors believe. Did you know it can take four years to complete a single tapestry?

The site also includes the Galerie des Gobelins, which displays exhibits like extraordinary furniture and art collections of the Mobilier National. Our Paris holiday planner makes visiting Manufacture nationale des Gobelins and other Paris attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We knew the tour would be in French. OK, it is in France. Our guide took us into a courtyard, talked for 15 minutes about the history and company, then walked us through the interior streets of the co...  more »
  • Next to the factory are the Galleries. Up to September 18 2016 there is an exhibition of the 'modern' tapestries of Jean Lurcat. I went with interest in historic tapestries but no expectation. The qua...  more »
  • Manufacture des Gobelins At €18 this is a very expensive and disappointing tour even for someone like me who is very interested in this craft. The first 50 minutes of the tour were spent standing list...  more »
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