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Musee Bossuet, Meaux

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The Musée Bossuet is the art and history museum of the town of Meaux, France. Situated in the old episcopal palace, it takes its name from the famous orator and theologian Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, Bishop of Meaux from 1681 to 1704.BuildingsThe episcopal palaceBuilt in the twelfth century around 1160, then rebuilt in the seventeenth century, the episcopal palace architecturally is a mix of medieval and Renaissance styles. The most interesting example of eighteenth century work is the south facade of the palace, built of brick and stone, with large cross windows. The north facade is also representative of the Grand Siècle style. The lower rooms of the palace are the oldest, dating from the second half of the twelfth century. The low and high chapels also date from this time, but were expanded and redesigned in the fifteenth century.GardenThe Bossuet garden is beside the episcopal palace. It is a formal garden in the French style with the shape of a miter. The garden was created in the seventeenth century during the episcopate of Dominique Séguier. It took the name of the great prelate in 1911, when it was opened to the public as a city park. On crossing it one reaches the study of Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet.CollectionsThe episcopal palace houses collections of paintings and sculptures, as well as items of local history. The collections have expanded thanks to the legacy of the chemist and collector Henri Moissan in 1914 and, more recently, thanks to the donation of neuro-biologist Jean-Pierre Changeux. He enriched the museum with forty works, of which the last entered the collection in 2006. Different schools of painting are shown from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries.
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  • Interesting collection of 17th century art, a large part a donation from Neuroscientist and Art Lover Jean Pierre Changeux. Also has temporary exhibitions, such as the present one on Animals in... 
    Interesting collection of 17th century art, a large part a donation from Neuroscientist and Art Lover Jean Pierre Changeux. Also has temporary exhibitions, such as the present one on Animals in...  more »
  • Musee Bossuet is a good small town museum. Nothing to reall blow your socks off, but good nevertheless. 
    Musee Bossuet is a good small town museum. Nothing to reall blow your socks off, but good nevertheless.  more »
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  • This former bishopric palace is from the twelfth century according to its history. The entire complex is significant in that it houses the art and history museum of Meaux and the Tourism Office, Brie-de-Meaux museum and the Bossuet Garden. These institutions really cover the stunning history of this city especially the Bossuet museum, small but significant, with exquisite collections of fine arts and written and pictorial history of Meaux and this palace. You are getting valuable insights into this beautiful city by exploring the tourist information office, the art museum and the garden. Absolutely must visit place in Meaux.
  • A beautiful museum and pretty paintings with its flowery park (6€) and the Brie house (4€) next door, 2 minutes on foot, paid parking behind, in the city center.

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