And I present you again ,Meaux!

And I do present you with Meaux, a historical town east of Paris in department 77 Seine-et-Marne near Disneyland Paris and the Champagne region, but most importantly the fields of war of World War I and its gothic Cathedral , one of the best in France.

I need to give you my previous two posts on it here:

https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2011/02/24/meauxbrie-cheese-and-the-cathedral/

https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2015/06/27/meaux-brie-mustard-and-wwi-the-marne/

And had to tell you from a personal point of view, is the native town of my dear Frenchie ,my wife. family still all around it ,and hopefully get to it this Christmas season. Meaux was my first introduction to France; when every one arriving at CDG or Orly airports rush to see Paris and others, I was humbly taken a bus , yes a bus to reach Meaux and hook up with my girlfriend….::) That was 1990.

The bus still does its runs no 20, here is the pdf of its schedule: http://sme.seine-et-marne.fr/lines/flyers/6646.pdf

There is a new WWI museum nearby ,actually next to the Monument Americain in honor of US soldiers who participated in the Battle of the Marne here. Well you can read a lot above on my previous posts on the town.

Here I like to tell you a bit on the St Stephens Cathedral (St Etienne) of Meaux. A wonderful gothic Cathedral where only one bishop is buried ,he is the Eagle of Meaux, confessor of king Louis XIV and bishop of Meaux, Bossuet.

The city can claim wholly this beautiful Gothic Cathedral and its episcopal palace now museum , the garden done by André Le Nôtre!!! the remains of the medieval ramparts, and its historical festival recreating the middle ages! A must. Meaux is the biggest town in Seine-et-Marne, and the Cathedral took 350 years to built it, when normally a Cathedral took 100 years. This gives it a unique architecture and one of the rarest in France with remnants of the Gothic in the middle part of the Cathedral, like the Choir, then the Rosary and organ tribune in a flamboyant style post 15C. Between the two a part of the nave stayed with its primitive style of the 13C; the stained glass are smaller.

 

It used to hold a cemetery of priests and bishops, today there is only one. The Eagle of Meaux as he was called. Two huges statues honor the centenary and bicentenary of his death inside the Cathedral. The old Chapter still is authentic and where the priest elders gave justice; you go in now on guided visit only. The Palace was the home of the bishop and it became a museum in 1908.

You reach the lower rooms ,the Chapel , and the bedroom of the Bishop as well as a reception room. The wooden floor is from the 19C, the windows gives you a view over the garden or Jardin Bossuet bordered with chestnut trees. The geometrical shape reminds us of a miter for the Bishops. It was designed by Le Nôtre. This green space link the episcopal palace museum to the walls of the old fortifications and the town.  At the times it was only a garden as well as a part of the town with canons houses; they purchased the land and later the bishop purchased the ramparts to enclosed all and creating the suspended garden in 1642! It was a great idea because today , are the only ramparts still on in Meaux. The whole is to be visit for free as well as the Cathedral, garden and courtyard (very nice). You can get information in France on tel +33 (0) 1 64 33 02 26. For individual guided visits they are done from April to November twice per month. They are free access on the weekends from April to October.

The museum or Musée Bossuet as I said opened in 1908  in the episcopal palace; today we can see an  aquarelle by Delacroix , and a portrait by  Courbet, given by the son of Chemistry NObel Prize winner Henri Moissan, before going to WWI in 1914.  The museum , also , gives credit to its biggest donor the neurobiologist Jean-Pierre Changeux, that gave it about 50 portraits and about 20 engravings.  You will see a huge herborist collection of 18 volumes given to the museum by him in the 19C.  In the Chapel , the town has put enclosed glass furniture with archeological items like a collar on shells from the Black Sea dating from  4 000 years BC.  A room is dedicated to portraits representing Bossuet.  The museum is concentrated with paintings from the 17C to the 19C, and has on display between 1000 and 15000 works. Admission is 3,10 € , free for those under 18, students and on Wednesdays, hours are from 10h to 12h and 14h to 17h , closed Sunday mornings, Mondays, and Tuesdays all day.

What better way to finish the post with a video on the Cathedral and museum and Meaux.

Enjoy your week wherever you are, happy travels; Cheers!!!

 

 

 

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2 Comments to “And I present you again ,Meaux!”

  1. Good on you for taking the bus. When I was a student, I took a bus all the way from Palamós in La Costa Brava to London (via ferry in Le Canal de la Manche). Also a train journey from London to La Coruña, crossing París from one station to the other by taxi; taxi driver was kind enough to show me the sights! That’s my first memory of Paris. Cathedral sounds great: righth up my street. 👍

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