How about Dieppe!!!

Yes how about Dieppe in Normandy region of my belle France! Well looking over older posts in my blog I realise not written if not all or hardly anything on these monuments! Well I need to bring my blog to full bloom and have recorded more of my wonderful travel memories. Thank you all for following me since November 2010!!

There is the wonderful Church of Saint-Jacques (St James 16C) flamboyant and renaissance style and a great neighborhood we like . The initial Church was started in the 12C and name the parish Church in 1282 by the bishop of Rouen Guillaume de Flavacourt. The Church of St James (St Jacques) built from the 12C to the 16C! is in the Flamboyant and Renaissance styles. The north and south transepts date back to the second half of the 12C. The choir, the nave, and the aisles date from the 13C, except for the vaults and the triforium of the nave which dates from the 14th century. The great portal was also built in the 14C. In the 15C, the tower and chapels were erected on either side of the main nave of the choir, except for two of them which were part of the original plan of the church.

dieppe ch st jacques main ent sep07

dieppe ch st jacques market day sep07

Inside see the Chapelle du trésors (treasury chapel)  , showing the countries and towns discovered by the Dieppois people. At the request of Jehan Ango, patron of the church in the 16C, the artist represented different scenes from the life of the natives: a procession of festivals and dances, warlike episodes, which many archaeologists and scholars came to observe . The Church St James was even visited by Victor Hugo in 1837.

Dieppe ch st jacques nave to altar jul09

dieppe ch st jacques organ sep07

The city of Dieppe on the Church St James (St Jacques) in French:

The wonderful Church of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours built in 1876 looking down at the city from the cliffs above the rock of Pollet,was a place of pilgrims and later a point to the memory of the marines lost at sea. The is church has on many site the name of Chapelle or Chapel as it started but it is now a church.

dieppe quai henri IV to ch ND de Bonsecours sep07

The Chapelle (Church) Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours was built in 1876 for sailors who died at sea. It was first a place of pilgrimage before being a parish church. Many ex-votos bear witness to sailors who died at sea. The Dieppe sailors who often ventured into the various seas of the world until the 19C aroused local pride. It is customary among the fishermen of Dieppe to baptize the boats.

Dieppe quai henri IV bonsecours jul09

The Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours dedicated to the Virgin Mary has the particularity of being filled with votive offerings in the form of miniature boats. The fishermen, before or after the navigation, wish to thank the Virgin or to ensure her protection by offering a model of their boat. This is placed near the Marian statue of the crowned Virgin Mary slaying the dragon after the passage of the Apocalypse according to Saint John the Evangelist.

The stained-glass windows are relatively modest and bear witness to the neo-Gothic style which at the end of the 19C, in the line of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, wanted to recreate a lost Middle Ages. The church has the particularity of being built on top of a cliff, by the sea. A personal pic just by the statue of the Virgin Mary outside the church.

Dieppe mamie blue et moi up ch ND de bonsecours jul09

The city of Dieppe on the Chapelle Notre Dame de Bon Secours in French:

Of course, we have stayed there overnight a couple of times to fully enjoy the city! Always at the Hotel de la Plage, blvd Verdun, just across from the beach and near the pool complex ,and castle. Great normandy welcome,friendly, excellent price for a family and great views.

Dieppe hotel de la Plage on bd Verdun sep07

Facing the sea on the Esplanade de Dieppe, The Originals Boutique, Hôtel de la Plage, Dieppe (Inter-Hotel) is just a 10-minute walk from the town’s castle and the pedestrianized streets. It offers a private flowered terrace. parking, animals are accepted, wifi access. Good addresses around: La Cité de la Mer (582 meters), Saint-Jacques Church (245 meters), Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel (195 meters), Le Dieppe Castle-Museum (543 meters). webpage:

I left you with the Dieppe tourist office for more info on visiting this town, recommended. And see my several posts on it in my blog! webpage:

There you go folks, another dandy Norman in my belle France, and glad to be there and looking forward for more on Dieppe. Hope you enjoy the brief post to make you come on over!

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

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