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  • 1 St Étienne Cathedral, Bourges Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place Étienne-Dolet F - 18000 Bourges

    A Gothic masterpiece begun in 1195 and consecrated in 1324; the immense west façade has five portals, the central one of which depicts the Last Judgement, leading into five interior naves. The stained-glass windows (12C-17C) are among France's finest..

  • 2 Estève Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    13 rue Édouard-Branly F - 18000 Bourges

    This Flamboyant Gothic building (15C-17C) offers an exceptional setting to the collection donated by contemporary painter Maurice Estève (1904-2001), creator of an exacting body of work. Born in Culan, this master of colour first dabbled with Surreal..

  • 3 Old Town of Bourges Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Route de la Porte-Jaune F - 18000 Bourges

    Beautifully restored, the old town of Bourges delights with its many half-timbered houses dating from the 15C and 16C and its palaces, making this a lovely place to stroll around.

  • 4 Palais Jacques-Coeur Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    10 bis rue Jacques-Cœur F - 18000 Bourges

    With its steamrooms and galleried courtyard, this sumptuous mansion contained all the architectural innovations of the time - private oratories in the chapel, numerous independent rooms and sculptures on the lintels describing each room. At the foot ..

  • 5 Hôtel Cujas Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    4 r. des Arènes F - 18000 Bourges

    This elegant construction was built in around 1515 by Guillaume Pelvoysin for a rich Florentine businessman, Durand Salvi. It is named after the juris-consult Cujas (1520-1590) who bought it in 1585 and died here. The Cujas now houses Berry Museum.

  • 6 Bourges Archbishop's Gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    r. des Hémerettes F - 18000 Bourges

    The gardens of the archbishop's palace were created in the 17th C. They are decorated with magnificent flowerbeds and shady paths, and there is even a bandstand. The gardens give a remarkable view of the cathedral and its immense nave and chevet.

  • 7 Hôtel Lallemant Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    5 rue de l’Hôtel-Lallemant F - 18000 Bourges

    Magnificent Renaissance home which now houses the Musée des Arts décoratifs. An elegant court of honour.

  • 8 Rampart Walk, Bourges Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 18000 Bourges

    An opportunity for a foray into a hidden-away and quiet neighbourhood of Bourges. Built around the 4C, the surrounding wall of the Gallo-Roman city of Avaricum has not entirely disappeared. It demarcates the upper town and lower town and has served a..

  • 9 Hôtel des Échevins Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    13 r. Édouard-Branly F - 18000 Bourges

    The seat of four aldermen and the mayor, the house has a central building dating back to 1489 built in the flamboyant Gothic style (octagonal tower on three floors). The left gallery was built in 1629 by architect Jean Le Juge. The flamboyant has giv..

  • 10 Rue Bourbonnoux Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 18000 Bourges

    This street lined with numerous half-timbered houses used to be the town's main road and remains one of the most picturesque in Bourges.

  • 11 Marais Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    bd du Gén.-Chanzy F - 18000 Bourges

    The marshes cover a 135 hectare area cut up into allotments where the gardeners of Bourges today continue the work of the marshworkers who cultivated this site in the 17th C, with its lattice of rivers, separated by the town itself by a gate.

  • 12 Jardin des Prés-Fichaux Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    bd de la République F - 18000 Bourges

    These Art Deco-style gardens were created in the 1930s by the landscape architect Paul Marguerita. A path planted with majestic plane trees borders a sereen lake that demarcates the park. To the right, the formal gardens create a whole in which the h..

  • 13 Musée du Berry Interesting

    Museums and art

    4 rue des Arènes F - 18000 Bourges

    Housed in Hôtel Cujas, this museum displays fine archaeological, medieval and folk arts and traditions collections that evoke the history of Bourges from prehistory to the present day. It presents, among other things, a rich funerary statuary and a s..

  • 14 Bourges Natural History Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Allée René-Ménard F - 18000 Bourges

    Far from the rows of stuffed animals sadly presented by many of its kind, this Natural History Museum uses interactive displays and games in each department - fauna and species, animal iconography, the world of the living, cosmos and geography of the..

  • 15 Museum of Decorative Arts, Bourges Interesting

    Museums and art

    6 rue Bourbonnoux F - 18000 Bourges

    Housed in Hôtel Lallemant, this museum is remarkable for its collection of miniature furniture (toys, furniture, wooden models) which give a fascinating overview of the history of furniture, the Louis XVI style and Art Nouveau.

  • 16 Post Office of Bourges

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Moyenne F - 18000 Bourges

    The Post Office is housed in a strange neo-Gothic building with a sculpted façade built in 1926. The square, with its immense oak tree and statue of a perplexed-looking Louis XI create a pleasant environment.

  • 17 Place Étienne-Dolet

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 18000 Bourges

    Here you will see the façade of the old bishop's palace, that houses the Museum of the Best Craftsmen of France, and the five magnificent doors to the cathedral.

  • 18 Tithe barn, Bourges

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Étienne-Dolet F - 18000 Bourges

    Opposite the cathedral, this large fortified buildings with a staircase in the shape of a loggia used to house the taxes collected by the chapter.

  • 19 Place de la Préfecture, Bourges

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 18000 Bourges

    A pretty Bourdaloue fountain in the middle. A virtual walk? Close your eyes - this is where the palace of the Duc de Berry (yes, the one from Très Riches Heures) and the Sainte-Chapelle once stood.

  • 20 Alleged House of Jacques-Coeur

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. des Armuriers F - 18000 Bourges

    This half-timbered corbelled house that an inscription says was the birthplace of Jacques Coeur was in fact built in the early 16th C in the place of another dwelling which did belong to Jacques Coeur's wife.

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