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February 8, 2019

Abbey Church Saint-Sauveur, Redon!

So bring you back up to my Brittany and another department 35 near me and criss crossed often nowdays, even train connections here on my business trips!. There is a huge amount of places to see in the No 1 visited country in the World. I am just beginning and hope to see it all before I go away! It’s a goal to achieve!

As I mentioned the town before, but brief sights, I like to give credit to the city center wonderful Abbey Church of Saint Sauveur of Redon. Enjoy it

The Abbey Church Saint-Sauveur is located in Redon, Ïlle and Vilaine dept. 35,region of Brittany.  It is one of the parts of the Saint-Sauveur Abbey, the rest of the consensual buildings became a high school. The Church is located on the north side of the Abbaye Saint-Sauveur, in the immediate vicinity of the city/town hall. In 1649, Cardinal Richelieu, had the buildings rebuilt. The Eudist founded a college in 1839, which now became a Catholic high school under contract with the state. The high school site is here for reference as it uses some of the property of the Abbey today.

Official High School or lycée Saint Sauveur

Overlooking the Quai St Jacques, sits the former abbey of Saint Sauveur de Redon, one of the most important in Brittany in the Middle Ages. It was established there by St Conwoïon in 832 with the support of Nominoë.

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The main corp was built in the 11C, the nave has three ships. It is currently seven spans long, but the initial construction was longer and extended to be twelve. The five western bays were destroyed due to a fire in 1780. The ancient façade, known by a 17C engraving, was a single gabled wall at the triangular summit, supported by buttresses at angles. The elevation of the central nave initially included two levels with large arcades. Only the arches in full hanger, whose single roll falls on stone cut simply beveled. These stones rest themselves on very thin and united capitals, carved to give a Doric style to the set covered with plaster. The capitals crown half-columns backed with square piles, which are their predecessors. The north aisle wall of the nave, the north transept, and the base of the southern collateral are partly constructed in small cubic units, with flat stone bases and spur chains.

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The four piles of the lower level of the transept crossing probably date back to the 11C. The Crusader tower was built during the 12C. It has three levels. A reconstruction of the bedside begins between 1260 and 1270, and ends at 1300, at least for the big work. It comprises three straight bays, then a five-part apse, all surrounded by an ambulatory with five radiant chapels. On either side of the first spans of the ambulatory, two aisles of three bays accommodate rectangular chapels. The whole is vaulted with quadripartite warheads. In the middle of the 15C, Duke Jean IV added to the bedside a Chapel, leaning on the north side of the choir.

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The steeple originally belonged to a monumental façade project designed around 1310, which was to be placed in front of the ancient Romanesque nave. The north tower is the only element that is actually built. The work is probably completed before 1341. The organ is on the Chapel of the school.  The Church abbey is located at 17, 19 place Saint-Sauveur in city center Redon.

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here in deep woods of Brittany,why not a nice off the beaten path trip even doable by train from Paris!

Tourist office of Redon S Brittany on the Abbey

Tourist office of Brittany on heritage of Redon

Heritage site on Brittany on the Abbey

There you go another curiosity wonder of my lovely Brittany, which been a peninsula is much away and seldom seen, but I am telling you been in many places of our world and this is a find indeed. Hope you enjoy the tour of the Abbey Church of Saint Sauveur!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

February 8, 2019

Grand Thêatre de Saumur!

So lets get back in the Loire, and show you another off the beaten path place in my belle France. The city of Saumur has wonderful monuments including Cathedrals, Churches, and a Castle ,not to forget good wines! However, there are so much to see here, and one of my favorite for it’s impressive look by the Loire river was the Theater.

Not just any theater but a Grand Théâtre right along the quays of the Loire river in nice Saumur. One of the things I wrote briefly before, but really needs a visit especially for its dome or even a show…. Let me tell you a bit more on the theater.

Located at the confluence of the shopping squares of Place de la République and Place de La Bilange, at the edge of the Loire river, the Grand Théâtre of Saumur has always wanted since the 18C, the symbol of the modern city. And it is impressive indeed.

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The town of Saumur took advantage of the arrival of the Cavalry brigades in 1763 to begin its modernization.  In the context of the extensive urban redevelopment plan, the creation of the new theater began in 1785. In 1788, the first theater was finished at the location of the current theater, associated with a market hall and a tree-lined walk on the new quays. The expenses were covered by donations mainly composed of Cavalry , notable, entrepreneurs and traders of Saumur and the surrounding area.

A trader of Angers, Joachim-Jean Trottouin, even subscribes an action on the head of Louis Charles de France, the future Louis XVII! (that never reigned murdered in the French revolution).  Very degraded despite successive restorations, the building was finally demolished in 1863. The construction of a new theater was  given to the architect of the city, Charles Joly-Leterme . He opted for an imposing building in tufa and slate.

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The 30 Corinthian columns that belt the building testify to influences from the canons of classical architecture. The outer galleries serve, as in the previous century, a covered market and a trading stock exchange with nice arcades closed by the gates Place de la Bilange. Inside, the Italian style room can accommodate 860 spectators at ease, even 950 a little tight. The interior decoration is entrusted to Antoine-Victor Barbereau dit Saint-Léon, Parisian painter decorator.  The bombardments of June 1940 which damaged the theater,  a new ceiling representing the allegory of opera, tragedy, comedy and dance was done.

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Despite regular attention, the very dilapidated theater closes in June 2008 for security reasons.  The restoration project, launched in 2010, proposes a complete modernization while respecting its architectural envelope.

In the theater, the stage and the staging area are modified to offer several configurations: theater, Circassian scene, orchestra pit, stand for lyrical and symphonic, opening possible in the background of a plateau. In the foyer, the extension of public staircases to courtyard and garden by destroying the main staircase makes this space free for the reception and the wandering of the public.

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Finally the realization of a dome roof marks externally the transformation of the building. The theater dome marks the entrance to the city on the north side, giving it an important counterweight to the rest of the facades on the Loire. Its new characteristic profile becomes by essence one of the flagship buildings of the city with the dome of the Ardilliers, the Castle and the 3 arrows of the Church of St. Peter, the old City/Town hall and the Church of Saint Nicholas.(see previous posts).

Another nice one to see in Saumur, the Grand Théâtre is great in a wonderful shopping area with arcades fountains and the Loire, as well as great places to eat, see my previous post on the city. For now enjoy the Grand Théâtre of Saumur!

Some webpages to help you plan your visit here are

City of Saumur on the Grand Theatre

Tourist office of Saumur on heritage things to see

Official season’s plays at the Grand Theatre

There you go ,another dandy in the Loire of my belle France, enjoy the movable feast of France! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

 

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February 8, 2019

Jardin de la Perrine, Laval!

Ok so today will tell you about something not a monument or museum or much visited , a pity. This is off the beaten path garden in Laval, Department of the Mayenne 53, in Pays de la Loire region. I passed by the city all the time on my trips to Paris, and have done stops and visits of it; this is a nice place to visit by all!

I like to tell you a bit more on the jardin de la Perrine garden as just briefly touch on it in my previous posts on Laval. Enjoy it with the family a nice walk to relax between sightseeing monuments.

The Jardin de la Perrine is a public garden located in the city of Laval. The land of the Perrine is quoted for the first time in 1293. From the 18C onwards, the garden belongs to the Foucault family of Vauguyon.  In 1885, this owner lost it in the game of fortune, and the city of Laval bought it. The town then implanted the Museum of Fine Arts , and then, in 1920, the Rosaries (rose garden).

Things to see in the garden of Perrine are

Fountain of the three Crosses, Statue of young girl made in 1870, and the tomb of the painter Henri Rousseau (born in Laval in 1844) was made possible by the Committee of Friends of Henri Rousseau on October 12, 1947.

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The garden houses sheep, goats, pigeons and exotic birds, fish, rabbits, guinea pigs. In addition to the hundred varieties of roses planted in the Rosaries or rose garden, there is a green oak, camellias, an alley of lime trees, a giant redwood, cedars and perennial plants.  Rarer, a Ginkgo biloba is also found in the park.

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A French garden and a second English-style, an extraordinary rose garden, created in 1920, the tomb of the Douanier (Henri) Rousseau, on which is engraved an autograph poem by his friend Guillaume Apollinaire. There are also playgrounds and a carousel for children.

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Located at 10, Allée Adrien-Bruneau, Laval. Possibility to park in the parking of the multi-purpose room next to it. Salle Polyvalente in French. Enjoy it as we did.

Some webpages to help you enjoy this wonderful park with great views over the city too are

City of Laval on Perrine garden

Tourist office of Laval on the Perrine garden

Tourist office of dept Mayenne on the Perrine garden

There you a nice tour on something relaxing and nice in a pretty old town of my belle France. Enjoy the Perrine garden with the family.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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