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The House of the Alchemist

Among the narrow streets of Paris, a house with a unique past stands out.

At 49 Rue de Montmorency, you can nowadays observe what is considered to be the oldest house in Paris. The famous alchemist Nicolas Flamel, who went down in history for producing the legendary philosopher’s stone, is said to have lived here.

Nicolas Flamel

Many people have read and heard about the philosopher’s stone. For centuries, this legendary object has sparked myths and stories about it, even appearing in one of the books of the Harry Potter saga by author J.K. Rowling.

The philosopher’s stone, however, is closely linked to the story of Nicolas Flamel, a character who really existed.

Mr. Flamel was a 14th-century Parisian scribe who, according to tradition, deciphered a particular manuscript during a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela: the Book of Abramelin. Here, he obtained a secret recipe to produce a unique material with supernatural powers.

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