Metro : Hotel de Ville or
This street is lined with stately residences including the 18th century
Hotel de la Tour du Pin (N°75) and the more famous Hotel de Rohan
(N°87). Built between 1705 and 1708 for Armand-Gaston de Rohan,
Bishop of Strasbourg and alleged love-child of Louis XIV, the hotel has
housed many of his descendants. Frequent temporary exhibits allow
access to the interior Cabinet des singes and its original decorations.
The hotel de Rohan, part of the National Archives,
also boasts an impressive courtyard and rose garden. Equally
engaging are the numerous art galleries that have taken root on
the street. At the corner of rue des Francs-Bourgeois and rue
Vieille-du-Temple, the flamboyant Gothic Hotel Herouet and its turrets
were built in 1528 for Louis XII's treasurer, Herouet.