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Palais Jacques-Coeur

10 B rue Jacques Coeur, 18000 Bourges, France
+33 2 48 24 79 42
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A fascinating piece of French history

A wonderful and interesting building in the heart of Bourges giving a fascinating insight to French... read more

Reviewed 6 July 2017
Darryl R
Extraordinary and rare example of medieval domestic architecture

This is a must for anyone who is interested in houses, history, building and craftsmanship. Built... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2017
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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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10 B rue Jacques Coeur, 18000 Bourges, France
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Reviewed 6 July 2017

A wonderful and interesting building in the heart of Bourges giving a fascinating insight to French history with some clear explanations about the background and history of the structure.

Thank Darryl R
Reviewed 8 May 2017

This is a must for anyone who is interested in houses, history, building and craftsmanship. Built by Louis VII's energetic Treasurer at vast expense this remains, even after all this time and a deal of restoration, a house that would feature on Grand Designs. From...More

Thank cmfc
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Jacques Couer is a local historical citizen for which the city can be justly proud. The self guided tour of this lovely house is well worth taking. Creature comforts were hard to come by in the Middle Ages, but wealth and intelligence certainly helped. Unlike...More

Thank ulysses4
Reviewed 12 February 2017

What a beautiful place and very well organised for visitors. It is a must see in Bourges. I would highly recommend it for all ages.

Thank Jill F
Reviewed 19 January 2017

A real gem even for those who seek out such places. On the downside the guided tours are only conducted in French.

Thank Nigel S
Reviewed 27 December 2016

A visit to this fascinating palace is a must. There are very good and informative explanations in every room, a good film and an excellent shop.

Thank VictoriaSW1
Reviewed 27 December 2016

The Palace is well preserved, has a lot of history (so does its creator Jacques Coeur), the rooms have a lot of different styles, and there are even a couple of fun surprises.

Thank Eric T
Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Worth a couple of hours. Very good self tour. Some amazingly crisp original carvings. Roof space with amazing wooden strutting and beams. Good explication of the rise and fall of Jacques Coeur

Thank Mike P
Reviewed 5 October 2016

It is an extraordinary place but you have to visit with a guide otherwise the empty rooms might leave you frustrated

Thank YML92
Reviewed 10 August 2016

One of the reasons that people visit the ancient town.Most of the guides here are rubbish (something to do with internal politics between the governing bodies) but the building itself- amazing!

Thank AngloIrishinFrance
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