Historic Residence sights in France
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The Nissim de Camondo Museum, housed in a sumptuous mansion modelled on the Petit Trianon at Versailles, displays 18th-century furniture, wood panelling, tapestries, porcelain and other objets d’art collected by Count Moïse de Camondo, a Sephardic Jewish banker who moved from Constantinople to Paris in the late 19th century.
He bequeathed the mansion and his collection to the state on the proviso that it would be turned into a museum named in memory of his son Nissim (1892–1917), a pilot killed in action during WWI. It is part of Les Arts Décoratifs, the trio of museums in the Louvre’s Rohan Wing.
Hailed a 'Versailles in miniature', this opulent 18th-century residence was built for the city's princely bishops, and Louis XV and Marie-Antoinette once slept here.
The basement Musée Archéologique takes you from the Palaeolithic period to AD 800. On the ground floor is the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, where rooms adorned with Hannong ceramics and gleaming silverware evoke the lavish lifestyle of the nobility in the 18th century. On the 1st floor, the Musée des Beaux-Arts' collection of 14th- to 19th-century art reveals El Greco, Botticelli and Flemish Primitive works.
At No 11bis you’ll find the Bateau Lavoir, where Max Jacob, Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso – who painted his seminal Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) here – once lived in great poverty. Originally at No 13, the Bateau Lavoir burned down in 1970 and was rebuilt in 1978.