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This house, near Saint-Cloud, is a tribute to the memory of two great men of the 19th century: Gambetta and Balzac.

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La maison des Jardies

La maison des Jardies

This house, near Saint-Cloud, is a tribute to the memory of two great men of the 19th century: Gambetta and Balzac.


Built in the late 17th century, La Maison des Jardies was originally a humble winemaker’s house before becoming, a few decades later, the country home of Parisians who, as Rousseau advocated then, were seeking to return to nature. Honoré de Balzac, author of Père Goriot, settled in a nearby cottage in 1838, but had to leave in 1840 because he could not pay his creditors.

Léon Gambetta meanwhile, a great figure of Republican resistance against the Prussian army, bought the Maison des Jardies in 1878 where he took refuge after being removed from power. This is where he died at the age of only 44. Bequeathed to the state after his death, the house was transformed into a museum in memory of these two great men. Restored with the garden between 1990 and 1996, this splendid house decorated with furniture and tapestries of the time continues to attract many French and foreign visitors each year.


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