Maison de Victor Hugo

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Yesterday we visited Victor Hugo’s home over at 6 Place des Vosges in the 4th arrondissement. He also had another home called Hauteville House on the island of Guernsey, which is also preserved by the city of Paris. This apartment we saw is where he lived the longest for sixteen years. The home was later improved by the Rohan family, thus giving it its current name Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée.

We couldn’t believe the enormity of the apartment that takes up the second floor of the building, and how well the condition of Hugo’s household items are after so long. Spanning over three thousand square feet, the apartment has seven rooms with their own unique theme to them. The ceiling to the home was also very high, highlighting the effect of a mansion-sized apartment.

Instead of explaining the details of the house, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

The stairway going up to the apartment.ImageImageImage

There were several of these elaborate trunks in the home. This one is from the first room at the entrance.ImageImage

The view outside Hugo’s window from the second room of Place des Vosges. It is the oldest square in Paris built by King Henry IV.Image

A chair from the second room, and a portrait of Hugo and his son.ImageImage

This room had an Asian theme decorated with wall paint, etchings, Buddha statues, and china.  ImageImageImageImageImage

Another room.Image

A bookcase that held Hugo’s and Shakespeare’s books.Image

Hugo’s bedroom where he passed in 1885.ImageImage

A statue of older Victor Hugo.Image

The pictures give a glimpse of the place, but doesn’t quite do the place justice. You’d have to see it for yourself to envision how Hugo and his family lived. For one, not shown here, we noticed that Hugo was into capturing the moment of his life at different phases. All throughout the apartment we noticed different paintings of Hugo and his wife over a span of their lifetime. We thought it was pretty neat to see how they aged through artwork rather than pictures.

We thought the visit was a good time spent. If you haven’t checked out the museum yet, and are interested, you’ll be happy to know it’s free.

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