Le Mairie de Paris is full of fascinating things! I’ve already posted twice about Les Marais and there is still more to discuss.
One the 9 Rue du Grand Veneur is located another small, lovely garden: the Jardin Saint-Gilles-Grand-Veneur-Pauline-Roland. The name is a homage, in part, “ à Pauline Roland (1805-1852), une féministe socialiste française.”
Tucked away within a maze of narrow streets, far from the hustle and bustle of modern Paris, is this little known, rarely visited, but utterly charming haven of peace – the Jardin Saint-Gilles-Grand-Veneur, with its magnificent view of the façade of the Hôtel du Grand Veneur townhouse. Visitors come here is for some peace and quiet, or to settle down on the stone benches in the lovely rose arbor for some calm.
The mansion surrounding the small garden is the Hôtel du Grand Veneur, a prestigious 17th-century mansion in Le Marais. Listed in the Register of Historic Monuments since 1925, the building consists of three buildings forming a U around a large paved courtyard, in which is located the garden.
In 1733, Vincent Hennequin who was the captain who organized the king’s hunts, purchased the mansion. He had many hunt-related images carved and applied to the decorations of the Hôtel.
The hotel was confiscated during the French Revolution; it was then purchased in 1823 by the Franciscan ladies of St. Elisabeth who occupied it until 1901.
Late 19th century photo of exterior
As impressive as this mansion is, it was the garden that drew me in.
And, here it is! Remember it was a cold December morning I paid my visit, but the garden had its charms even then.
I wasn’t the only person drawn to this fine garden that day. I saw a fashion photography shoot happening in the courtyard.