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  • 1 Cathedral of St Étienne Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. Étienne-Dolet F - 18000 Bourges

    A Gothic masterpiece begun in 1195 and consecrated in 1324; the immense west front has 5 portals (the central of which depicts the Last Judgement), leading into a nave and four aisles. The windows (12C-17C) are among France's finest, and the crypt is..

  • 2 Palais Jacques-Coeur Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    10bis r. 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 ..

  • 3 Estève Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    13 r. Édouard-Branly F - 18000 Bourges

    This Flamboyant Gothic building (15C-17C) has a fine collection donated by prolific artist Maurice Estève, born at Culan in 1904, a master of colour who oscillated between figurative (La Toilette verte, 1934) and abstract ( Embarquement pour Cythère,..

  • 4 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.

  • 5 Jardins de l'Archevêché 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.

  • 6 Hôtel Lallemant Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    5 r. de l'Hôtel-Lallemant F - 18000 Bourges

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

  • 7 Old Town Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rte de la Porte-Jaune F - 18000 Bourges

    The Old Town of Bourges has many half-timbered houses dating from the 15th and 16th C, making this a pleasant area for a walk.

  • 8 Ramparts Promenade Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Promenade des Remparts F - 18000 Bourges

    The town's fortifications have not entirely disappeared - you will see the remains in the bases of the houses during this walk which will lead through a quiet quarter of the town.Beautiful private buildings from the 12th and 15th C. The Le breakneck ..

  • 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 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.

  • 11 Jardin des Prés-Fichaux Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    bd de la République F - 18000 Bourges

    Paths planted with old plane trees, rose garden, flowerbeds and ponds feature in this colourful park dotted with sculptures.

  • 12 Musée du Berry Interesting

    Museums and art

    4 r. des Arènes F - 18000 Bourges

    Housed in Hôtel Cujas, this museum has deliciously old-fashioned decor and displays a number of archaeological pieces from the siege of Avaricum by Caesar (40,000 Bourges citizens were massacred according to Jules, who was known to exaggerrate) and s..

  • 13 Musée des Arts décoratifs Interesting

    Museums and art

    6 r. 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.

  • 14 Muséum d'Histoire naturelle 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..

  • 16 Post Office

    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 Grange aux Dîmes

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place 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

    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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