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The Hôtel de Cluny is an hôtel particulier in Paris.


An outstanding example of medieval household architecture in Paris, the Hôtel de Cluny was built at the center of the old Gallo-Roman capital, with remains of a Roman thermal bath located around the structure.

In 1334, the Abbot of Cluny purchased the structure to turn it into a townhouse, although the bishop Jacques d'Amboise essentially transformed it into a luxurious guest house in 1485. A notable occupant was Mary Tudor, the young widow of King Louis XII of France. Fearing that she might give birth to a son who could claim the French throne, Louis' successor, Francis I kept her under surveillance. After it was discovered that she was romantically involved with the Duke of Suffolk, her military attaché, he and Mary were hastily wed at the chapel, before being sent to England.

After the death of Enragés leader Jacques Roux in 1794, his lieutenant spoke to a group of sans-culottes in the hôtel's courtyard. Before he could ignite a riot however, the Assassin Arno Dorian killed him. Today, the Hôtel de Cluny is a museum famous for its collection of tapestries.


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