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Couvent des Cordeliers Convent In Paris

There are many cities throughout France that have a Couvent des Cordeliers, which basically translates to a Cordeliers convent, but unfortunately many of them have been destroyed over time, however there are still some that have been preserved and the buildings turned into places such as hotels, museums, cultural centres, etc.

The particular convent we are looking at is located in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris but unfortunately it is only the refectory, which dates back to the 13th century that still remains in place today.

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Couvent des Cordeliers (convent) In Paris

The Couvent des Cordeliers was founded in Paris and in 1221 was established as the Third Order of St Francis of Assisi, whose members were known as Cordeliers, hence the name.

The convent was not just a religious place, which was built on land that was lent by the St-Germain-des-Pr?s abbey to the Cordeliers so as to allow them to teach theology, but became a major part of French history.

This historical place was eventually assigned to the School of Medicine and the convent was gradually demolished, so all that remains today is the refectory, which was built in the late 15th century.

But you can get to see this beautiful building that is illuminated through large bay windows, which pours into a room of around 56 metres long by around 17 metres in width.

The building now houses the Dupuytren Museum of anatomy in connection with the school of medicine along with temporary exhibitions and is open from a Tuesday through to a Sunday, but is closed on a Monday and all National holidays.

You will find that it is normally open for visits during the hours of 10.30am through to 5.30pm.

Address & Contact Details:

Couvent des Cordeliers
15 Rue de l'Ecole de M?decine

Telephone: 1 40 46 05 47

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