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The History of Musée National du Moyen Age

Musée national du Moyen Âge - Exterior

The museum building is called Cluny or  Thermes de Cluny and is a 15th-century Gothic mansion and abbey. Built from 1485 to 1498 and integrated to a pre-existing Gallo-Roman baths complex it features Gothic doorways, hexagonal staircase jutting out of the façade and a vaulted chapel.

The Gallo-Roman baths are built in classic Roman stone and brick masonry and are the best preserved Roman remains in Paris. The vaulted frigidarium (cold bath), tepidarium (warm bath), caldarium (hot bath) and all still visible. It all centered around a hypocaust system where the central heating produces and circulates hot air below the floor of the rooms and also through the walls.

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