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The house-Museum of Victor Hugo: photos, description (Maison de Victor Hugo)

The house-Museum of Victor Hugo is on place des Vosges. One of the most beautiful squares in Paris (then it was called the Royal) Hugo in 1832, rented an apartment in the mansion of Rohan-Gemena. 280 square meters is located a large family: the writer Adela with his wife and four children.

Hugo was then thirty years old, and he already got a taste of glory after the publication of the novel "Notre Dame de Paris". Apartments with views of the square, he spent sixteen years and experienced many happy and bitter moments. Here he met with friends to visit him came Merimee, Balzac, Liszt, Rossini, Gautier, Dumas. By the way, Dumas as a friendly joke settled the heroine of "the Three Musketeers" - Milady - it was in this house on the Royal square. Here Hugo wrote Lucrezia Borgia," "Mary Tudor", "RUY under the sign, "the Songs of twilight", "the Inner voice", "Rays and shadows", Chapter from "Les Miserables." Here he rejoiced to public recognition when he became a member of the French Academy, and then was elected to the National Assembly. But here, in this apartment, he experienced the death of a nineteen-year-old daughter Leopoldina, who drowned in the Seine along with her husband.

In 1902, the centenary of the birth of Victor Hugo, his longtime and loyal friend and the executor of the playwright Paul Meurice offered to create a Museum of the writer in that apartment. He donated the money to buy the house and donated to the Museum collection of drawings of Victor Hugo, his manuscripts, books, furniture. June 30, 1903, the house-Museum of Victor Hugo's opened.

The visitor is entering the luxury entrance, a wide, wooden staircase rises to the second floor and through the hall takes place in the Chinese drawing room (Hugo loved Chinese art), then to the dining room in medieval style and the bedroom has a bed of Hugo, where he died. The interiors of the rooms perfectly convey the atmosphere of the XIX century. Also in the Museum, over four hundred watercolors and sketches with pen, made Hugo, manuscripts, early editions of his works, illustrations to the novels, made by the contemporaries of the writer, and the sculptures and paintings.