Cannonball from the Sens Hotel
Hotel de Sens
Hotel de Sens is one of the few remaining medieval buildings in the French capital that has not disappeared by the hammer. Built between 1475 and 1519, the building was the home of several of the city’s earthbishops and, from 1605, the home of Queen Margot, the ex-wife of King Henri IV. With its many towers, the house has the appearance of a fortress, which was also the function of the mansion during the revolt of French citizens under the name Commune of Paris. The house is located in the Le Marais district, a neighborhood with many small atmospheric streets and many restaurants and cafes. Within walking distance are the Seine, the Louvre, the Place de Bastille and the Picasso museum.
Cannonball of the Sens Hotel
During the revolt against King Charles X in 1930, Parisians besieged the Hotel de Ville district. During this siege, known as the Commune of Paris, one of the cannonballs hits the building at the top of the eastern facade, which is then trapped in the wall. The bullet is therefore a physical memorial to the uprising of the Paris Commune and has since been known under the name Kanonbal of the Sense Hotel. The date on which the building was hit is stated under the bullet; July 28, 1830.
Current position of the Sens hotel
After the revolution, the building took on several other functions. It served as a building for various shopkeepers, was briefly a marmalade factory and served as a laundrette. Today, the Hotel de Sense is home to the bibliothèque Forney, a library specializing in decorative arts. The collection includes 230,000 prints and manuals, 30,000 advertising posters, 9,000 wallpaper samples and 7,000 original drawings of furniture and decorative products. The building is only accessible to members of the library, but can also be visited by the public during regularly organized exhibitions. Behind the building is a small park with flowers and benches, a quiet place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The park is open to the public from Monday to Saturday.