Palais Jacques Coeur à Bourges

Discover Jacques Cœur, a remarkable character who was a merchant, adventurer and master of the mint under King Charles VII.

History of the monument

A storybook figure. A merchant at the head of a huge network of trading posts, Jacques Cœur was appointed master of the mint to King Charles VII in 1438. He was ennobled in 1441 and became the King’s right-hand man.  The palace (1443-1451) is testimony to his rank.  Court jealousies led to his arrest in 1451. Escaping from prison, he fled to Rome. He died of disease when leading a Crusade in 1456. Jacques Cœur became a legendary figure and French poet François Villon wrote of his life and deeds. 
A public building. The building was used as the town hall in the 17th century and as a tribunal and finally law courts from 1820. It was included on the first official list of historic monuments in 1840.


To ensure the safety of our visitors, the monument is strictly applying the security measures decided by the french authorities.
The monument is fully opened.

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