This brick Renaissance mansion was begun in 1550 and embellished in the 19th century. François II (the first husband of Mary, Queen of Scots) lived here during the fall of 1560 and died on December 5. It was here that his brother and successor Charles IX met his lovely Marie Touchet. Between the Revolution and the mid-1970s, it functioned as the town hall. Marriage ceremonies, performed by the town’s magistrates, are still held here. The statue of Joan of Arc praying was the work of Louis-Philippe’s daughter, Princesse Marie d’Orléans. In the garden, you can see the remains of the 15th-century Chapelle St-Jacques.
Pl. de l’Etape (northwest of the cathedral)
Our Rating Hours July–Sept Mon–Fri and Sun 9am–6pm and Sat 10am–8pm; Oct–June Mon–Fri 10am–noon and 2–6pm, Sat 10am–7pm, Sun 10am–6pm (occasionally closed Sat for weddings). Phone 02-38-79-22-30 Prices Free admission
MapPl. de l’Etape Orleans
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