The Maison de Victor Hugo – the Home of Victor Hugo, is a place worth visiting when you are on Paris walking tours. The Maison de Victor Hugo is located under the arcades of Place des Vosges, and is open to visitors every day from 10:00 a.m. to 05:40 p.m., except on Mondays and public holidays.
Victor Hugo lived here from 1832 to 1848 and the home was inaugurated as a museum in 1902. This is the first museum in Paris that was earlier a writer’s home. The museum exhibits the first edition publications and original manuscripts, most of which are drawings, sculptures, and paintings of Victor Hugo. There are also paintings and postures of theatrical performances and many rooms of the house have furnishings used by him. One of the antique furnishings includes his writing table.
Victor Hugo (February 26, 1802 to May 22, 1885) was a French author and was the most important and popular romantic authors in the French language. The major works of Victor Hugo include novels like “Les Misérables” and “Notre Dame de Paris,” popularly known in English as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
Victor Hugo was born in Besancon region of Franche-Comté. The man lived in imposed and then self-exile in Jersey from 1852 to 1855, during the period of Napoleon III. After 1855, he lived in Guernsey until he returned to France as a poet.
His novel “Notre Dame de Paris” played a considerable role in attracting public interest to the Cathedral of Notre Dame and led to the restoration of the Cathedral in the mid 1800’s. Construction of the Cathedral began in 1163 and the Cathedral is built in gothic style. The first church that built in gothic is basilica of Saint Denis situated in St. Denis town, north of Paris. The Cathedral of Cathedral of Notre Dame or Notre Dame de Paris is another place that you should not miss while going for Paris private tours.
Victor Hugo spent his last days in Paris and died on May 22, 1885. His death and mourning inspired French government to construct the Pantheon in Paris, which is a place of homage to the great men.