John the Fearless Tower to reopen

Published by Elodie D. · Updated on 12 July 2021 at 09h49 · Published on 5 July 2020 at 17h21
Medieval monument in Paris, the John the Fearless Tower, or Tour Jean Sans Peur, is said to reopen on July 11, 2020. Last vestige of the Hôtel des Ducs de Bourgogne Valois, the John the Fearless Tower was built in 1409 and gives us a vision of the life in the Middle-Age in a reconstructed house. You can currently enjoy an exhibition about culinary arts in the Middle-Age, running until August 2020.

There are places filled with history in Paris: the Tour Jean sans Peur or the John the Fearless Tower is part of them. Shut because of coronavirus, as all other places in Paris, this historical monument will reopen from July 11, 2020.

Vital barrier gestures: mandatory facemasks, over 1-meter social distancing, and hand washing at the entrance with hand sanitizer. The place is limited to 15 people at the same time.

Built in three years, from 1409 to 1411 by the Duke of Burgundy, also known as “John the Fearless”, fortification tower aimed at asserting his power in the French capital after an attack from the Duke of Orleans.

Saved from destructions across centuries, the John the Fearless Tower was rediscovered in 1866 because of urban renovations. It has quickly been listed as Historic Monument and restore in 1891.

It features never-seen-before architectural elements, such as a wonderful vaulted staircase with an exceptional décor made of plants. Hop, oak and hawthorn, plants respectively symbolizing John the Fearless, his father Philip the Bold, and his mother Margaret of Flanders. Another interesting element: John the Fearless’ throne and the meeting room.

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If the John the Fearless Tower is rather lacking furniture, it remains a very gorgeous architectural sightseeing to discover. By the way, the tower often provides small exhibitions to learn more about the life in the Middle-Age.

For its reopening, from July 11, 2020 to late august 2020, let’s go and discover culinary arts. We learn that the table is not a set element, but rather an element built on sawhorses every meal, hence the expression lay the table or set the table. Moreover, seats are all different and a certain hierarchy is to be observed, high backed chairs were for the most prestigious hosts.

At that time, guides about manners are written and insist on not encroaching upon one’s neighbor space, paying homage to the host, even though dishes are overcooked or too salty. We can read that the number of dishes served will not be the same depending on the location of the table, the guests of honor having the privilege of having all dishes in front of them.

Here are opening hours: Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A wonderful discovery to experience with your family.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
Starts 11 July 2020



    20, rue Etienne Marcel
    75002 Paris 2

    tarif enfant -7 ans: Free
    tarif réduit: €4
    tarif plein: €6

    Official website

    More informations
    Horaires : 13h30-18h du mercredi au dimanche

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