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Jacques-Germain Soufflot

Jacques-Germain Soufflot

Irancy was the birth place of the Architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot (1713 - 1780) . Architect of the Panthéon in the 5th Arrondissement of Paris, the Place Royale in Reims and of the Hôtel-Dieu in Lyon, Soufflot remains famous for promoting the neo-classical style of the period.

Soufflot was born in a renaissance style house which is in the main street of Irancy just opposite the only Bar-Restaurant in the village. Both the Street and the restaurant bear his name today.
A walk around the village reveals many of the architectural features from the 16th and 17th centuries that Soufflot would have known during his lifetime. A little further down the main street is the residence of the Marquis de Créancé, one of the last knights of the order of Malta. Above one can see an inscription in stone which reads: ‘To do good, fear nothing’. In the rue de l‘Equerre only a few paces from Soufflot’s house, a sun dial has been marking time since 1698
Jacques-Germain Soufflot died in Paris in the year 1780. With no direct descendants the lineage and link to Irancy died with him.


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