Théophraste Renaudot(LOUDUN 1586 - PARIS 1653)

The man of many facets

First and foremost, he was a doctor. After graduating in Montpellier, he moved back to Loudun with his wife. In France and abroad, he developed Polychreston, the first medicine with dosage and instructions for use. In 1612, Marie de Médicis appointed him “Médecin ordinaire” to King Louis XIII. In 1628, alongside his work as a physician, Théophraste Renaudot began serving the poor by opening an “address bureau” to list job offers and applications. In 1631, he launched the first French newspaper: “La Gazette”, with the support of Richelieu’s government.

The Gazette was published once a week and reported on the various political events in France and Europe until 1915.


Renaudot Museum

Théophraste Renaudot, physician, philanthropist and journalist of the XVIIe century, welcomes you to his house-museum, which showcases his life and work. You’ll discover a reconstructed printing workshop with numerous presses, the library and its Gazettes from 1631 to 1915, the herbalist’s shop and medical practices of the time, the salon bringing together Loudun’s leading personalities, including Urbain Grandier, the exhibition room and a presentation of the Renaudot awards.

Discover the life and work of Théophraste Renaudot in his 17th century house. Explore a reconstruction of his printing workshop and botanical collection as Théophraste Renaudot was the inventor of the first medicine with posology and instructions for use and the creator of “La Gazette” (in 1631), the first French newspaper.

Opening: opening times to come. Consult the Pays Loudunais Tourist Office
Closed on 1er May and 1er November and during the Christmas school holidays
Fee: adult €3.50 (reduced €2.50) / – 18 years free
Tel. : 05 49 98 27 33