Fine Arts Museum , La Rochelle!

As habits are hard to get rid of , this one again spoked briefly in previous posts in my blog about La Rochelle, however, feels deserves a page of its own. It is a wonderful history and great architecture which I like even if not been inside yet.

I like to tell you a bit more on the Musée des Beaux-Arts or fine arts of La Rochelle.

The Musée des Beaux-Arts or Museum of Fine Arts is located in the town of La Rochelle, in Charente-Maritime dept 17 of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region. This hotel was built at the beginning of the 17C and bought in 1600 by Paul Legoux, treasurer of the house of Navarre. It occupies the site of a residence, the Grand Logis, and housed guests such as Sully (1604), Condé (1615), Louis XIII (1628), Anne of Austria (1632). It was described as the most beautiful, the most suitable and the most airy of the houses in the city.


It then, became a seminary in 1673, installed the bishopric in 1696. From 1769 to 1774, rebuild the hotel as this archiepiscopal palace is in neoclassical style. During the French revolution, the town inherited the hotel and in 1795, the municipal library was established there. The museum was installed in 1845 on the second floor of the building, above the municipal library. The municipal library was transferred in 1998 to the Michel-Crépeau media library.

It gave way to the Contemporary Art Space which opened in 1999. In addition, the building hosts the Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs of Poitou Charentes and a lapidary museum, gathering various fragments from the Carmelite church, the Hôtel de Ville or city hall, of the Protestant college and of disappeared or modified houses. The collections of the Musée d’Orbigny-Bernon, closed in 2012, have been transferred to the Musée des Beaux-Arts as well. The museum is created from works acquired since 1841 by the Société des Amis des Arts or the society of friends of the arts. The museum offers a panorama of European painting from the 15C to the 20C. The museum also has a beautiful Asian collection. The works even if now closed for repairs with no date yet of re opening.

The museum page of La Rochelle on the fine arts museum: Musée des Beaux Arts of La Rochelle

The city of La Rochelle on the fine arts museumCity of La Rochelle on the fine arts museum

The Society of Friends of the Arts page in French: Société des Amis des Arts de La Rochelle

And there you go folks, I feel better, this wonderful building, museum is disclose in my blog. A nice architectural gem and nice history of La Rochelle. Hope you enjoy it as much as I.

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

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