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Once there were vineyards bordered by the walls of Philippe August, and it was Saint Louis that offered the brothers of Saint Francis an area of land for the monks of this order to construct an abbey, cloisters, church and refectory, which led to building work of this starting back in around the 1230s.

Yet this convent was not just a place for religion, as the Cordeliers continually expanded and included a school of theology, but in 1789 the whole property was given back to the French state.

The Refectoire des Cordeliers or refectory was then utilised to hold meetings, but then the French state decided to organise a place for the study of medicine and create a school of health, with the final decisions being made by 1795.

The church of the Couvert des Cordeliers Convent was destroyed first, then the remaining buildings except for the refectory were destroyed by 1802 and the school of medicine was established.

About the Refectoire des Cordeliers refectory today

As you can tell, this monument in Paris has a rich history, and in keeping with the theme of medicine it also houses the Musee Dupuytren, which is a very unusual museum in Paris based around anatomy and medicine, which is connected to the school of medicine and the university called the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie.

However, the Refectory of the Cordeliers is a fabulous place to discover for anyone interested in architecture that is Gothic in style, and has large windows that pour in natural light, but not only can you get to see the outside, on certain days you can venture inside, especially when there are temporary exhibitions, even if you do not wish to see the unusual and often considered morbid museum of anatomy.

Yet, not only can you discover the Refectoire des Cordeliers historical monument in Paris, its museum and the temporary exhibitions it hosts, it is also the venue for a theatre festival each year, and to enjoy this spectacle you would need to contact the cultural services of the Sorbonne University for more information, on telephone number +33 (0) 1 40 46 32 83.

Access to the Refectoire des Cordeliers in Paris

The actual rates for entry to the refectory and the temporary exhibitions do vary depending upon what is being hosted at the time, plus this also means that the opening times also vary as well, so if this is a place you would like to visit whilst on holiday in Paris, then it would be worth checking prior.

Now, the Refectoire des Cordeliers refectory monument is actually located in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris close to the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Musee Moyen Age and the nearest Metro station is the Odeon where you would need line 4 or 10.  But if you are travelling on the RER you would need the Saint-Michel - Notre Dame stop or the Paris buses numbered 67, 87 and 92 will also get you close by.

More information on the Refectoire des Cordeliers

  -  Musee Dupuytren Museum

Address and Contact Details

Refectoire des Cordeliers
Universite Pierre et Marie Curie
15 Rue de l’Ecole de Medecine
Ile de France

Tel: +33 (0) 1 44 27 81 60

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Refectoire des Cordeliers in Paris

The Refectoire des Cordeliers is a refectory monument in Paris that dates back to the 13th century and is home to temporary exhibitions and theatre productions, plus the Musee Dupuytren Museum dedicated to anatomy.

A bit of history..

The monks of a certain order were known as Cordeliers, due to the fact that they wore a rope which encircled their dress and there were many convents called a Couvent des Cordeliers that were constructed all over France.

Unfortunately, many of these have been destroyed over the years, but some have been preserved and turned into museums, cultural centres and even hotels and there was a Couvent des Cordeliers founded in Paris in the 13th century.