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Kuo Xie




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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jul, 2013 2:07 pm    Post subject: Where to see medieval stuff in Paris?         Reply with quote

I'll be in Paris in early September for a wedding and I'm putting together an itinerary of medieval history sites to visit, specifically ones related to arms and armor. A quick search has turned up the Musee de L'Armee as the most famous armor collection in Paris: http://www.musee-armee.fr/accueil.html, and the Cluny museum as the place to see medieval artwork: http://www.musee-moyenage.fr/, but I'm wondering if I get get some tips from sources on the ground in France as to what a google search might miss.

I'm also looking to tour a medieval castle while I'm there. Not a Renaissance or post-Renaissance palace (I know there are a lot of those around the city), but a real fighting fortress fortified for war. My search has I've turned up the Blandy-les-Tours and Chateau de Pierrefonds, but these are reconstructions, not originals. Any other options close to Paris?

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Kel Rekuta




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PostPosted: Sat 13 Jul, 2013 7:04 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You've hit the two most relevant museums for arms and armour. The Cluny has a small but excellent collection of armour and pavises that should not be dismissed. The art and architectural installations are awe inspiring! Plan a full day there.

The Musee de Armee is vast. Unless your interests are purely, rigidly medieval - plan two full days there. And many large flash cards for your camera...

I don't know of any medieval castles near Paris that were not hideously adulterated or slighted in the centuries after they were out of use. Perhaps some one else has a better idea. If you have time and rent a car, a long day trip to Guedelon Castle is well worthwhile. http://www.guedelon.fr/en/
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Kuo Xie




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PostPosted: Tue 23 Jul, 2013 12:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Kel Rekuta wrote:
You've hit the two most relevant museums for arms and armour. The Cluny has a small but excellent collection of armour and pavises that should not be dismissed. The art and architectural installations are awe inspiring! Plan a full day there.

The Musee de Armee is vast. Unless your interests are purely, rigidly medieval - plan two full days there. And many large flash cards for your camera...

I don't know of any medieval castles near Paris that were not hideously adulterated or slighted in the centuries after they were out of use. Perhaps some one else has a better idea. If you have time and rent a car, a long day trip to Guedelon Castle is well worthwhile. http://www.guedelon.fr/en/


Thank you Kel. I'll plan a full day for each of the museums on your recommendation.

Any more recs are very welcome.
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Kuo Xie




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PostPosted: Thu 29 Aug, 2013 8:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

In France now, so I'm giving this a quick bump. Any input is welcome!
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Raymond Deancona





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PostPosted: Fri 30 Aug, 2013 8:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here are a couple sites you may find interesting:

http://goparis.about.com/b/2013/07/06/in-focu...-paris.htm

this lists most of Paris museums, but that said, visit Musée National de la Marine, it's a bit later, but if you have any interest in maritime history, very good. Musée de l'Armée, Château de Vincennes this is just outside of Paris. Hope these help!

http://www.francetoday.com/travel/paris/listi....html#12th


if you get the chance go here!

http://www.guedelon.fr/en/
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