Hôtel de Soubise, 60 rue
Francs-Bourgeois, 3rd arrondissement - Tel: 40 27 60 00 - Métro : Rambuteau,
Opening Times: 14h - 17h. closed Tuesdays.
de Soubise - one of the most significant "Hôtel''
(mansions) of the Marais district - was built in 1705-1708 for the
Princesse de Soubise, on a site of an older medieval structure. The
towers of this former building are the sole remaining traces of this
earlier edifice (see left side of image below). The Hôtel de
Soubise was decorated by some of the most important artists and
craftsmen of their time: Boucher, van Loo
and Lemoyne. Private apartments of the princess, including the Oval
are well worth seeing. Among the documents on display in the
are the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (Louis XIV), the Concordat of
between Napoléon and the Holy See, the Declaration of the Rights
of Man, and letters by Joan of Arc and Voltaire.