There is an enigmatic symbol carved into the original imposing door leading into Pavillon de Madame, Place des Vosges. The apartment was once the home of a famous mistress to nobility, another link in the delicate chain of history that encircles the most famous square in France.
Originally this private apartment was the home of Marie Touchet, the sole mistress and grand courtesan to Charles the IV and mother of his only living heir and a daughter Catherine Henriette, (in turn mistress to Henry IV).
As befits a space dedicated to aristocratic trysts, the hand-carved heart on the grand front door to the luxury apartment bears the griffe of an ancient romance, a symbol of both fidelity and secret pleasures. >>