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Have any illustrious guests stayed at this lovely 15 th century abode ? Among them the historian Augustin Thierry, the writer André Theuriet. The owner of a great fortune, Cardinal Jouffroy was the 70 th abbot of Luxeuil-les-Bains from 1449 to 1473. Linger on the great stone balcony with balustrade and admire the ribbed vaults and the oriel window at the entrance of the porch leading to the Tourist Information Centre. Step back and admire the majestic gargoyles in sculpted stone that jealously guard this remarkable house, it is a listed building.
Emblem of Luxeuil-les-Bains
Under the balcony is the famous «shamrock» of the three rabbits. Three rabbits that have two ears each and three ears between them. The most plausible explanation is the passing of time: morning, mid-day and evening. They are found reproduced on various ornaments. You will find another «shamrock» at the entrance of the Saint Peter’s Basilica (three fishes).
A polygonal tower adorned with crenels, richly worked mullioned windows, fine carved wooden door… are some of the architectural features to be seen. This house, with its original, very well conserved architecture, is certainly from the 15th century. Wooden and stone balconies embellish the facades. The building houses is the public library.
Who classified this dwelling as a «Historical monument» ? Napoleon III during his stay at Luxeuil in 1856. Note on the façade three towered arcades supported by pillars on which the two-storey building stands. Does this architecture remind you of another outstanding house in Franche-Comté ?
Visit the Palais Grandvelle in Besançon and you will find similarities in certain architectural features.
Private house. No visite.