By Coline Duvall
he name of Maubert means "Grand Albert".
This place date back from 1202. It is Jean Aubert, Abbot of Sainte Geneviève, which gave it its name. It became a gathering place where the famous Dominican, Albert the great, the philosopher, loved comment, outdoors, under St. Louis’s reign, the physics of Aristotle.
This place became a gathering place for the master and his disciples. Thomas Aquinas, theologian, became part of the listeners. Thomas Aquinas was the son of an officer, he was passionate about natural history and evolution of plants and the animal world.
He joined the Dominicans at the age of 17. In 1245 Thomas Aquinas left for Paris to study Fine Arts. He met there the Dominican Albert the Great. He died in 1280 of Alzheimer's disease.
He will be canonized 751 years after his death. He became the patron of scientists, naturalists and chemists.
The Mutualité Palace was built in 1931. In agreement with the French Mutual, he is, currently, the location of many cultural and political events, of balls and banquets.