Catherine of Medici

Stills in the museum - ©Dennis Jarvis / CC-BY-SA Stills in the museum - ©Dennis Jarvis / CC-BY-SA

History of perfumery in Grasse The Medici’s perfumes Grasse fertile land probably gave the name Grasse (gras in French, ″greasy″). Originally, in the 13th century, the city was famous for the tanning.

The keep - ©Sanao / Public domain The keep - ©Sanao / Public domain

Foulques in Moncontour The keep was raised in 1040 by Fulk Nerra (Foulques in French), the famous builder count of Anjou. Here, this tower looks like every keep Fulk raised in France.Two Bretons...

The façade - ©Daderot / Public domain The façade - ©Daderot / Public domain

The cantors' house Oh, what’s a [i)manécanterie[/i], by the way? It’s a school of religious singers. The name comes from mansio cantarum, which means "cantors house", or maybe from mane cantare...

The column and the Stock Exchange - ©Mbzt / CC-BY-SA The column and the Stock Exchange - ©Mbzt / CC-BY-SA

Near the Stock Exchange, The high column (31 metres) is really a curiosity. The legend said that Catherine of Medici raised it for her astrological experiments. Oh, she was fond of astrology!In...

Nostradamus - ©Internet Archive Book Images / Public domain Nostradamus - ©Internet Archive Book Images / Public domain

The daily horoscope Do you know the famous Michel de Nostre-Dame, aka Nostradamus, lived in Salon? In 1536, he hosted the king of France Charles IX and his mum Catherine of Medici, in one of the...

The castle - ©Calips / CC-BY-SA The castle - ©Calips / CC-BY-SA

An exile? Why? Did you know that Saint-Saturnin castle belonged to Catherine of Medici’s family? Yeah: Catherine was from Florence (Italy) on her dad’s side, and French on her mum’s one! A mother...

The castle - ©GautierPoupeau / CC-BY-SA The castle - ©GautierPoupeau / CC-BY-SA

Ginger hairs In the beginning, it used to be counts of Orange's manor. Then, mighty lords of Baux raised a keep in the 12th century: nothing remains from this keep, but we can imagine it as a...

The castle - ©Kormin / CC-BY-SA The castle - ©Kormin / CC-BY-SA

The builder hawk Foulques Nerra, count of Anjou, this damned Black Hawk who built keeps, raised the first fortress in 1040, at the confluence of the rivers Loir and Argance, on the old place of...

The Tournelles tournament - ©Wellcome Images / CC-BY The Tournelles tournament - ©Wellcome Images / CC-BY

In 1388, Pierre d'Orgemont, chancellor of France, raised a big and beautiful house to the north of the current square, with a garden: the hôtel des Tournelles. Here, king of France Henri II died...

The Naumachie - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA The Naumachie - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA

The park Monceau was landscaped upon a former garden... upon the former folie de Chartres raised for the duke d’Orléans, Louis-Philippe, between 1769 and 1773! A folie was the fashionable word used...


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