Visit the medieval Paris

Hôtel de Cluny/Musée du Moyen-Age : the Hôtel de Cluny is a superb Gothic building, now houses the Musée du Moyen-Age. This museum is modern and new, having just opened its doors in May 2022. It has one of the most beautiful collections of medieval objects in the capital.

The Château de Vincennes : this medieval fortress is an important place of military history. Today, it is still home to the Service Historique de la Défense Française, where many researchers work on military history archives. The fortress is however open to the public.

The Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie : The Sainte-Chapelle is a magnificent chapel which houses the relics of the Holy Cross recovered by Louis IX. It is a radiant Gothic masterpiece with its stained glass windows. It is attached to the Conciergerie. The Conciergerie is the palace of the kings of France in the city. It preserves medieval rooms, as well as the famous revolutionary prisons where Marie-Antoinette was imprisoned.

The College des Bernardins : The Collège Saint Bernard or Collège des Bernardins is a significant architectural complex from the Middle Ages. Built in the 13th century, it is an important place of medieval intellectual life where many teachers and Cistercians monks studied.

The Hotel de Sens : This late Gothic residence was built by Archbishop Tristan de Salazar, the Archbishop of Sens. He used it to stay in Paris, whose diocese depended of the archbishopric of Sens throughout the Middle Ages. It now houses the Forney Library.

The Tower of Jean Sans Peur : It is the only remaining element of the former palace of the Dukes of Burgundy in Paris. Duke Jean Sans Peur, a powerful duke and the master of the kingdom during some years of the Hundred Years War, extended the residence and built this tower.

The church Saint-Séverin : A hermit prayed here in the 6th century. After his death, a basilica was built. It became a church in the 13th century. The church was enlarged in a gothic style at the end of the Middle Ages (15th century). Some of the hotel’s decorations are from the Ancien Régime.

The church Saint-Germain-des-Prés : It was originally a royal abbey founded by the Merovingian king Hildebert I (6th century). It was later modified, and became one of the first gothic churches, in a early gothic style. The church was destroyed during the revolutionary period and was restored in the 19th century.

The Tower Saint-Jaques : It is the vestige of the church of Saint-Jacques-la-Boucherie. The tower (the former bell tower) was built at the beginning of the 16th century. It is 54 metres high. It remains in a flamboyant gothic style despite its construction during the Renaissance’s period.

The church Saint-Étienne-du-Mont : Its construction began in 1494 and was completed in 1624. This is why this church offers a remarkable combination of flamboyant gothic and renaissance styles, especially on its façade. Inside, the church has a rood screen from the 15th century (the only one still visible in Paris).