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Tour Jean Sans Peur (John the Fearless) is the ironic name for the Duke of Burgundy, who in 1409 built this defensive tower at his compound along the old city wall. As part of the Hundred Years War, he had killed the brother of the king, an act that earned him his own assassination. The stairs that spiral upward through several floors of the tour reveal interesting details of the times (the latrine for instance – the oldest in Paris). Unlike those of previous periods, they did not lead to the outside but had a duct in the wall thickness resulting in a pit below ground. They were heated by the other side of the fireplace in the room. Don’t expect a view from the top of this historic fortification. An admission is charged. Complete walking directions in your No Worries Paris guidebook.
20 rue Étienne Marcel, 75002 Paris
Métro : ligne 4, station Étienne Marcel
Bus : ligne 29, arrêt Turbigo / Étienne Marcel