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Architecture of Paris

01 December 2009

1330 – Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Sited on an island in the middle of the river Seine, the Cathedral of Notre Dame is an imposing Gothic building. Construction began in 1163 and continued until 1330. With its two towers...

25 November 2009

1659 – Hôtel Salé (Museum Picasso), Paris

Architect: Jean Bouiller de Bourges Now converted to the Picasso Museum, this former mansion was built for Pierre Albert, Seigneur de Fontenay. It was built between 1656-59. The house has a fine gateway...

01 December 2009

1674 – Hôtel des Invalides, Paris

Architect: Libéral Bruant / Jules Hardouin-Mansart This massive building was built as a convalescence home for disabled war veterans. In total it has 17 courtyards and 11 kilometres of corridors in a building...

25 November 2009

1683 – St. Thomas d’Aquin, Paris

Architect: Pierre Bullet Originally a Dominican monastery, the church of St Thomas Aquineas was built in nine months although the facade was later finished between 1765 and 1770. The main facade is a...

25 November 2009

1691 – Institut de France, Paris

Architect: Louis Le Vau Originally built as a college for students from conquered states, the building included a public library and a chapel. The building with its baroque decor and strong symmetrical design...

25 November 2009

1709 – Hôtel de Soubise, Paris

Architect: Pierre Alexis Delamair Now used as the National Archives, this was originally built as a home for Francois de Rohan, Prince of Soubise. The house has a massive forecourt surrounded by a...

25 November 2009

1728 – Assemblée Nationale, Paris

Architects: Lorenzo Giardine The Assemblée Nationale is a building with a varied history of ownership, redevelopment and differant purposes. In 1792, it was confiscated and redeveloped as a Parliament building. The twelve column...

30 June 2010

1731 – Hôtel Biron (Musée Rodin), Paris

Architect: Jacques Gabriel & Jean Aubert The Hôtel Biron is an hôtel particulier, built by Jacques Gabriel and his associate designer Jean Aubert, in 1728-31. Since 1919 it has housed the Musée Auguste...

25 November 2009

1764 – Pantheon, Paris

Architect: Jacques Germain Soufflot The plans for this massive church were drawn up in 1757, and work started in 1764, but the building was not finished until 1800. The exterior of the cupola...