Mystical Paris - the Home of Nicolas Flamel (where have you heard that name before?)

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Nicholas Flamels house where he cooked up the secret to transformation of metals (and is now a restaurant)

Nicholas Flamel the small time bookstall seller who would earn enough to buy this house in Paris, now considered the oldest. Flamel lived here with his wife, Pernelle, and provided free lodging in exchange for (only?) a daily prayer

He would no doubt have remained in obscurity except for a serious of mystical events that were to follow. To this day his name is kept quietly alive even without peoples notice. Most currently he appears as a character in Harry Potter Nicolas Flamel, the alchemist colleague of Professor Dumbledore, mentioned in the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorceror's) Stone.

It all started in Pars where Nicolas Flamel dreamed one night that a light being (an angel for his time) stood before him.

Plague outside Nicholas Flamels house,
Where the radient light being also held in its hands a book and told Famel

"Look well at this book, Nicholas. At first you will understand nothing in it neither you nor any other man. But one day you will see in it that which no other man will be able to see."

Flamel stretched out his hand to receive the present from the angel when of course the whole scene disappeared and was dismissed as a dream.

Some time later a man in need of some money dropped into his shop with a book from his Library to sell. No doubt this would usually have been a subject of much haggling but in this case Flamel bought the book for 2 florins without question. Because he was more distracted by the fact that, the some what unusual book, reminded him of his dream.

The book pages were said to be made of bark of young trees and not the parchment with diagrams that was quite unintelligible to Flamel.

Cimetière du Père Lachaise Paris
The cover has the name of the author, Abraham the Jew prince, priest, Levite, astrologer, and philosopher. And then a great curses and threats against anyone but either a priest or a scribe should look at it.

For twenty-one years (3 times 7) he pondered the hidden meaning of the book without truly understanding it. He then in his 50s undertook to make a dangerous trip to Spain where he hoped to find Jewish (Cabalistic) scholars that could help explain the texts. There with the help of chance he finally was introduced to a Jewish master scholar who was able to explain much of the text copies that he had brought with him.

With the ensuing knowledge the little bookseller became rich. He established many low-income houses for the poor, founded free hospitals, and endowed churches without changing his own modest life. The book of Abraham and its secrests were to disappear after Flannels death but it surfaces in legend, mystery and Harry Potter to this day.

( I always like to hear of intersting and special places to visit, leave me a message if you have any suggestions or stories - Thax Richard )

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Cimetière du Père Lachaise Paris
Cimetière du Père Lachaise Paris
photo by: Sweetski