In the heart of Bourges, the Jacques Coeur Palace is, after the Saint-Étienne Cathedral, the other emblematic monument of the city. Some consider it to be one of the most beautiful civil Gothic buildings in France!

An essential character

In the historic center of Bourges, City of Art and History, the Jacques Coeur Palace is one of the most sumptuous buildings of XNUMXth century architecture. A flamboyant civilian masterpiece. It combines the Gothic repertoire, royal symbolism, elements of the arms of Jacques Coeur and realistic representations of daily life. Inspired by the aristocratic architecture of the sowers of Duke Jean de Berry, the building has fireplaces in all rooms and an oven for the toilet. Ceremonial circulation is separated from the private service. Discover the exceptional character that was Jacques Coeur: merchant, adventurer, treasurer of King Charles VII.

In Bourges, it is impossible to miss Jacques Coeur. In the Middle Ages, this berruyer had the wind in its sails! In a few decades, he became the richest man in the kingdom and one of the most influential advisers to King Charles VII of France. To establish his status and his fortune, he had a “Grand Maison” built in Bourges. Unfortunately, he fell into disgrace during this period and was never able to live in this Palace...

Jacques Coeur Palace

The construction of the Palace lasted less than 10 years (1443-1451), a feat for the time ! Flamboyant Gothic style, it is built on the Gallo-Roman rampart of the city. Visiting the premises allows us to better immerse ourselves in the extraordinary destiny of this man who was one of the first to trade with the Middle East. We discover there many signs of wealth, but also ingenious planning tips interiors that your guide will be able to explain to you. Finally, references to the crown of France are not lacking either, proof of the influence of this character with the Royal Court.

Do not miss

The impressive framework in the hull of a boat reversed in the attic. The big one ceremonial hall (or banquet hall) with its monumental fireplace and reserved stand to musicians. His famous motto “With a valiant heart, nothing is impossible”. The magnificent chapel which is full of colors, a splendid stained glass window representing one of the boats of Jacques Coeur, the many friezes and sculpted decorations found almost everywhere, the lively façade in the summer season on the occasion of the Nuits Lumière de Bourges.

Pratical information

Le Jacques Coeur Palace is owned by the State and managed by the Center des Monuments Nationals.

Open: Every day from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18:15 p.m. (last admission 45 min before closing)
Entrance to the Palace: €8 / pers
Combined ticket Jacques Coeur Palace and Crypt: €12
Self-guided tour, with audio guide or guided tour
Guided tour times: 10:30 a.m., 14:30 p.m., 15:30 p.m., 16:45 p.m.

Closed on January 1, May 1, November 1 and 11, December 25