Archbishop's Palace of Paris

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Archbishop's Palace of Paris
  • Palais de l'Archevêché de Paris
  • Palais Archiépiscopal
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    The Palace in the Middle Ages
    General information
    LocationSouth of Notre Dame de Paris, Paris, France
    Coordinates48°51′09″N 2°20′59″E / 48.852572°N 2.349591°E / 48.852572; 2.349591Coordinates: 48°51′09″N 2°20′59″E / 48.852572°N 2.349591°E / 48.852572; 2.349591
    Construction started1161
    Destroyed13 February 1831
    OwnerArchdiocese of Paris

    The Archbishop's Palace of Paris (French: Palais de l'Archevêché de Paris or the Palais Archiépiscopal) was the residence of the Archbishop of Paris, located just south of the Notre Dame de Paris.

    It was built in 1161 and destroyed in 1831.


    It began as the bishop's residence for Maurice de Sully in 1161. The bishopric was elevated to an archbishopric in 1622, and in 1697 the palace was entirely rebuilt by Cardinal de Noailles, except for the chapel, which was still existed in 1830. During the French Revolution of 1789, the Constituent Assembly held meetings in it. Afterwards it was inhabited by the chief surgeon of the city's main hospital, the Hôtel Dieu. The chapel, the oldest structure in the complex, became an amphitheatre of anatomy. In 1802 it was restored to the clergy, and Cardinal de Belloy took up residence in it.[1] The palace was destroyed by a revolutionary mob on 13 February 1831.[2]

    Project of Viollet-le-Duc[edit]

    In 1859, during the period of the Second French Empire, the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc drew up plans for the construction of a new palace on the northeast side of the cathedral, but they were never carried out.


    1. ^ Galignani 1830.
    2. ^ Galignani 1853.