Archbishop's Palace of Paris

The Archbishop's Palace of Paris (French: Palais de l'Archevêché de Paris or the Palais Archiépiscopal) was the residence of the Archbishop of Paris and was located just to the south of the cathedral Notre Dame de Paris. It was begun in 1161 and destroyed in 1831.

Archbishop's Palace of Paris
  • Palais de l'Archevêché de Paris
  • Palais Archiépiscopal
The Palace in the Middle Ages
General information
LocationSouth of Notre Dame de Paris, Paris, France
Coordinates48°51′09″N 2°20′59″E / 48.852572°N 2.349591°E / 48.852572; 2.349591Coordinates: 48°51′09″N 2°20′59″E / 48.852572°N 2.349591°E / 48.852572; 2.349591
Construction started1161
Destroyed13 February 1831
OwnerArchdiocese of Paris


It was begun as a bishop's residence by Maurice de Sully in 1161. The bishopric was elevated to an archbishopric in 1622, and the palace was entirely rebuilt by Cardinal de Noailles in 1697, except for the chapel, which was still in existence in 1830. During the French Revolution of 1789, the Constituent Assembly held their meetings in it. Afterwards it was inhabited by the chief surgeon of the city's main hospital, the Hôtel Dieu, and the chapel, the oldest structure in the complex, became an amphitheatre of anatomy. In 1802 it was restored to the clergy, and Cardinal de Belloy took up residence in it.[1] The palace was destroyed by a revolutionary mob on 13 February 1831.[2]

Project of Viollet-le-DucEdit

In 1859, during the Second Empire, the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc drew up plans for the construction of a new palace on the northeast side of the cathedral, but they were never carried out.


  1. ^ Galignani 1830.
  2. ^ Galignani 1853.