A spectacular accumulation of styles, the overall inconsistency of which gives the edifice its charm. The site was chosen by Charles V for his Hôtel Saint-Pol, away from the bustle of the Louvre. In 1676, parliamentary adviser Gaspard Fieubet commissioned Jules-Hardouin Mansat (him again!) to draw up plans for his new abode. Fieubet was a charming and popular poet, friend of Jean de La Fontaine and Madame de Sévigné. He was also Councillor of State and chancellor to Queen Maria Theresa (wife of Louis XIV). Hardly surprisingly, financial means were no obstacle.

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