Located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, the Réfectoire des Cordeliers is a highly significant venue in the capital’s religious, political, artistic and scientific history.

Under the influence of its various occupants, over the years the Réfectoire des Cordeliers served not only as a refectory, but also as a dormitory, a library, a museum and a political meeting space.

From the reign of Saint Louis to the French Revolution, from the Napoleonic Empire to the Belle Epoque, the Réfectoire managed to endure through the centuries: today, it stands as the last vestige of the Cordeliers’ old convent.

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Located at the heart of the Université de Médecine Paris Descartes and amid the facilities of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, the Réfectoire des Cordeliers is an unusual building within this Parisian campus. Its impressive dimensions, the various uses it has had and the successive stages of renovation work over the centuries have shaped the contours of this edifice, which was registered as a Historic Monument in 1905.

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