A Renaissance treasure trove

A fascinating period for an unrivalled aesthetic brilliance and cultural effervescence, the Renaissance has found its region of choice in Île-de-France, at the Château d’Écouen.

Situated less than 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Paris, this 16th-century architectural gem houses the Musée National de la Renaissance, the sole museum in France entirely devoted to this period. This year, the museum celebrates its 40th anniversary with a year-round series of special events and activities.

An excellent opportunity to admire the treasures of decorative art that have cemented the museum’s reputation, including furniture, objects in gold, ceramics, glassware, painted enamels, tapestries and leather hangings. This rich testimony of an abundant past offers many unique pieces, such as the tapestry David and Bathsheba, the Nef of Charles Quint’s Mechanical Galleon and an exquisite statuette of Daphne.

Château d'Ecouen
Musée de la Renaissance
Rue Jean-Bullant, Écouen  (01 34 38 38 50)
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