Baroque architecture may have been born in Rome but it came of age in Paris. The style arrived on the dawn of Louis XIII’s reign in 1610 and a distinct, relatively muted form quickly emerged. Between 1643 and 1715, the Sun King’s architects took it to its greatest heights, carving a ‘New Rome’ out of the French capital. By 1774, the end of Louis XV’s rule, Neoclassicism had taken over.
Hôtel de Soubise
We start our tour at the Hôtel de Soubise in the heart of the Marais. On March 27th, 1700, François de Rohan bought the site and employed the architect Pierre-Alexis Delamair to remodel the 14th-century manor that stood on it in the Baroque style. The works began in 1704 and were completed in 1735, long after the death of François and his wife Anne de Rohan-Chabot, whose affair with Louis XIV is thought to have provided the funds for the project. Interiors added by Germain Boffrand between 1735 and 1740 are among the finest examples of Rococo design in France.