Maison des Jardies

Maison des Jardies à Sèvres

Visit the Maison des Jardies in Sèvres, a site linked to the memory of two great men: Balzac and Gambetta.

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History of the monument

A wine producer's house. Built in the late 17th century, the house was converted in the 18th century into a country house for Parisians seeking to return to nature as advocated by Rousseau. Balzac lived in a neighbouring chalet from 1838 to 1840.  
A place of Republican pilgrimage. Léon Gambetta (1838-1882) was the major figure of Republican resistance against the Prussians during the 1870 Franco-Prussian war. In 1878, excluded from power, he settled in the Maison des Jardies. He died there in 1882, aged just 44.  Public grief ran high. The house was immediately bequeathed to the French state and, until the Second World War, the French government and many foreign visitors went on a yearly pilgrimage to pay homage to this "secular saint". A major restoration of the house and garden was carried out between 1990 and 1996.


To ensure the safety of our visitors, the monument is strictly applying the security measures decided by the french authorities.
The monument is fully opened.

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