Photographer's Note

Hôtel de Sully was originally designed by architect Jean Androuet du Cerceau (Famous French architect 1585 - 1649) in between 1625-1630 for financier Mesme Gallet. And it was purchased by the Duc de Sully Maximilien de Bethune (13 December 1560 – 22 December 1641), the Superintendent of Finances for King Henri IV (13 December 1553 – 14 May 1610) who was assassinated in 1610. The Duc was a staunch Huguenot and the faithful right-hand man of the King. Hôtel de Sully was designated as a "monument historique" in 1862. The building houses today The Centre des Monuments Nationaux in Paris.

One morning in February, I was awakened by an unusually bright light coming through the windows. I looked out and saw this neighbourhood under snow. For as long as I can remember, the Hôtel de Sully has been my favourite site in Paris. Certainly in this neighbourhood, this courtyard as well as the building(s) itself (themselves) seen in the photo is the most intimate and the most beautiful inner court and building(s) that I know in Paris. One could walk through the courtyard and arrive at La Place des Vosges though a small doorway in the right hand side corner. Hôtel de Sully was completely covered by a fresh snow. Having no vehicular circulation near by, the garden remained silent for much of the day.

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Additional Photos by Nobu Nobudy (nobuikehonda) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 66 N: 1256] (3848)
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