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Palais Jacques-Coeur

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Address: 10 B rue Jacques Coeur, 18000 Bourges, France
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+33 2 48 24 79 42

The “Grant’Maison” of Jacques Cœur, financier to king Charles VII, was...

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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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.

Reviewed 12 February 2017
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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.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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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
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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
Zug, Switzerland
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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
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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
Paris, France
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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
Bourges, France
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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
Paris, France
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Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Even more important than the beautiful cathedral, in my opinion. The visite guidée is recommendable for French speakers. Jacques Coeur was a man very much in advance for his time in France and many original constructions and decorations are present throughout the beautiful 15th century building.

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Reviewed 9 July 2016

I hadn't heard of this place until we needed to change our travel itinerary in such a way as to include Bourges. I am glad we did and my wife and I kept asking ourselves how could people that spent so much time in France have missed this gem of a city. The carving in this palace is truly lovely... More 

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Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Spectacular architecture. Easy to follow self guided tour (though apparently guides are available). Rich history.

Thank Nancy K

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