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The oldest house of Paris and the mystery of the philosopher's stone

Precious metals were in demand in all ages - even now, with the advent of crypto-currencies, gold and silver are listed and then what to talk about in the fourteenth century. It is believed that then the French Scrivener Nicolas Flamel found out the secret of the philosopher's stone.

A magical reagent solved two problems at once - to turn any metal into gold and to significantly prolong life. If you believe the "divine Comedy" of Dante, the place alchemists in the tenth ditch of the eighth circle of hell, but this, apparently, does not much terrify those who seek eternal life.

Nicolas Flamel was a clerk and owner of a bookstore. It is believed that once in his hands was the book of Abraham the Jew contained "three times in seven pages", and each seventh leaf contained only drawings. In his work called "Hieroglyphic figures" Flamel said that he gave her two florins, not knowing the true prices of their findings.

Based on the contents of the book, the alchemist 17 Jan 1382 first turned the mercury into pure silver, and in April of the same year, his research turned to making gold. Years later he depicted a sequence of actions on one of the arches of the Innocents cemetery in Central Paris. However, to find these characters it is impossible now - for centuries the cemetery in the current I district of the French capital does not exist. But Flamel did not know about the fate of graves and did not rule out that his secret will be available to someone else. Someone who will be able to obtain the Golden Fleece - the philosopher's stone - the alchemist urged not to bury the gift of God in the earth, multiplying their wealth, but rather to work for the benefit of others.

Thumbing through the "Notre Dame Cathedral" Victor Hugo, we find mention of a house on the corner of the street writers and the Marivaux, where the deacon Claude Frollo "dug, dug and poured the earth in the two cellars," where they could be treasured philosopher's stone. Last Marivaux street is no longer there - it moved to another area, and in its place appeared the streets of Nicholas Flamel and his wife Pernel. There once was a house of the famous alchemist and, according to Hugo, here was buried and the philosopher's stone. To find it, and many longed for during two centuries, "was stirring the ground, while the house... not crumbled to dust".

This house was not the only property of Flamel - he could afford to financially support churches, hospitals and shelters for the poor, one of which was on a street that now bears the name of Montmorency.

It was built by Nicolas Flamelet and his wife Parnel in 1407, and was preserved till our days, it is considered the oldest house of Paris. Dotted with mysterious carved symbols and Gothic lettering to the front of the house and attracts the eye. Be wrong hard - on the wall of the fixed plate, which reads: "House of Nicolas Flamel and his wife Parnel".

Here lived the homeless, poor students and workers, no fees required - only prayer. Gothic letters, encircling the house, in fact, explain this rule - "every day the Lord's prayer and Ave Maria".

Now the house is still called "the Shelter of Nicholas Flamel". Only now for the food there, have to pay the prayers to pay for lunch in the restaurant do not accept.

Date of death Flamel is considered to be March 1418 years, but with people who may have had access to the secrets of longevity, that you never know. Numerous legends say that through the centuries after the death of the alchemist met in Paris.

After the destruction of the cemetery of the Innocent remains Flamel and his wife moved to the Paris catacombs, mixing them with the bones and skulls of thousands of dead. Tombstone from the grave of went to the grocer and served as a Board for cutting and chopping food, and then ended up in one of the capital's museums.

But even after a century, the Flamel's name remains on hearing. In particular, remember that teenagers who read the Saga of Harry Potter - as the partner of Albus Dumbledore and the sole possessor of the philosopher's stone, and gamers passing of the "Paris stories" in Assassin's Creed Unity in search of the elixir of life.