Palais Jacques Coeur

Bourges
Loire Valley
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

The Palais Jacques Coeur is a masterpiece of Flamboyant Gothic civilian architecture built by one of the most influential men of 15th century France. Jacques Coeur was a merchant, adventurer and Master of the Mint to King Charles VII and his mansion has one of the most functional layouts of its type with the reception rooms separated from the private quarters but connected by beautiful spiral staircases and galleries. Inspired by the residences of the Dukes of Berry, it has fireplaces in every room and is a grandiose work of historical architecture.

 

Nearby attractions

The beautiful Bourges cathedral is a stunning early Gothic cathedral built in the 12th and 13th centuries. It has a unique floor plan without transepts giving it its unusual shape inside and out and some fascinating statues...

A Gothic Renaissance château within the walls of a medieval fortress on the historic 'Route Jacques Coeur' with souvenirs of Louis XII, Colbert, Marie Antoinette & Napoléon. It also has a restored 16th/17thC chapel, a park...

Set in the barns of the former monastery, the Museum of Souvigny has a permanent collection dedicated to the archaeological, religious and ethnological heritage of the surrounding area.

One of the most elegant chateau in the Loire Valley, the Château de Chambord was built as a Royal hunting lodge for Francois I and was a firm favourite with the French Royal Family throughout the following centuries.

Places to visit nearby

Bourges in the Loire Valley is an enchanting city full of history and beautiful architecture, especially the gothic masterpiece of the Cathedrale St Étienne.

Moulins in Auvergne is the former head of the duchy of Bourbon and has a well-preserved cultural heritage.

Blois in the Loire Valley is a charming royal city with an historic château that has been home to 7 French kings and 10 French queens.