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Besançon au siècle des Lumières : floraison des hôtels particuliers sous Louis XV

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    Following the conquest of Franche-Comté in the 1720s, Besançon enjoyed a period of economic stability that was conducive to urban development. The transfer of the institutions, parliament and university from Dole to Besançon, and the installation of the Intendant in the town that had become the capital, led to a growth in population, an influx of wealth and a desire, on the part of the wealthiest inhabitants, to build new homes. This intense building campaign attracted renowned Parisian architects such as Blondel, Boffrand and Chalgrin, and led to the emergence of new talent among local architects. This chronological tour provides a better understanding of the functional and stylistic evolution of 18th-century private mansions in Besançon. Admission: €8 - €6 Students, under-18s, member associations of the Office de Tourisme et des Congrès. Free for disabled visitors and jobseekers.


    Opening periods

    3 p.m.: Thursday 16 May, Monday 9 September 10 a.m.: Tuesday 23 July
    Tuesday 07/23-from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
    Monday 09/09-from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

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    Free of charge0Free: for disabled people, jobseekers and children under 12.
    Basic rate8
    Special rate6Reduced rate: Students, under-18s, member associations of the Tourist Office and Convention Bureau