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-Prés 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
Address & Contact Details:
Couvent des Cordeliers
15 Rue de l'Ecole de Médecine
Telephone: 1 40 46 05 47