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July 12, 2021

A revisit, Cathedral of Bourges!

And onwards we go, another escape from home into the wonderful valley of the kings and the revisit to the city of Bourges and why not the exquisite Cathedral Saint Stephens (St Etienne). I need to tell you again, it is awesome , a must to see. Only come to Bourges for it if nothing else ok.

I came for the wines of Sancerre but having seen most and taste many, decided to go to Bourges! Just 43 km away. I have written two extensive posts on the Cathedral in previous years and will not bother telling you the history and architecture of it. I just give you a brief introduction and then new pictures!!!

The city is a Ville d’Art et d’Histoire in France (city of art and history of France). Of course , you must see the St Stephen Cathedral or Cathédrale Saint Etienne, recognize by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. The Cathédrale St Etienne was built from 1194 to 1506. One of the great Cathedrals of France.

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You will be glad you came to Bourges to see it as we have each time in town and love it. This time a leisure ride amongst vineyards of Sancerre on the D955 was just lovely, we will be back!

The friends of the Cathedral webpage in French, with much info and way to help the maintenance of this magnificent Cathedral: http://amis-cathedrale-bourges.com/

The official webpage of the St Stephens Cathedral of Bourgeshttp://www.bourges-cathedrale.fr/en/

The city of Bourges on the Cathedral! http://www.ville-bourges.fr/_en/site/cathedral

There you go folks, short and sassy for the world to enjoy it. This is alone worth coming to Bourges as we have. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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July 12, 2021

Beautiful sights of Bourges!!!

This is the best here other than the Cathedral to walk its cobblestone streets of medieval look , just wonderful , we love it. This is gorgeous Bourges and we were here again with plenty of posts but this is new places and new pictures! Enjoy it as we did, and thanks for reading me since Nov 2010!!! This is the beautiful sights of Bourges!!!

First, we have a beautiful French garden, located at the foot of the cathedral. It is very flowery, designed in the 17C by a student of Le Nôtre, is organized around a lawn located below and framed by sumptuous beds and magnificent trees. It has a charming centenary bandstand. This is call the bishops garden or the city hall garden of Bourges. More from the city of Bourges: https://www.ville-bourges.fr/site/jardin-hotel-ville

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The former palace of Duke Jean de Berry. This old palace was rebuilt for Jean de France, Duke of Berry, probably from 1375. In 1405 took place the consecration of the Sainte-Chapelle, destroyed in 1757. The remains of the palace still include a vaulted floor and a ground floor made up of two rooms. The smallest of these rooms only preserves fragments of a sculpted band which received the joist of the floor and a door with a gable bearing the Duke and Duchess’s coats of arms. The larger one preserves the important remains of two monumental fireplaces out of the three that heated the room. Today, the hotel houses the department of Cher no 18 and it serves as a meeting place for the general council of the Cher. Another nice government building is next door of the prefecture of the Cher.

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The Bourdaloue Fountain 19C. This fountain was erected in execution of a bequest granted to the city of Bourges by Paul-Adrien Bourdaloue, deputy mayor, engineer who worked in particular on the leveling of the Isthmus of Suez, who died in 1868. The work consists of ‘a circular stone basin and, in the center, two superimposed basins adorned at the foot of three winged lions and, at the top, with a “love”. This set is extended, in front of the square, by a stone fire hydrant, surmounted by a cast iron motif representing a “love” surrounded by dolphins.   The city of Bourges on fountains such as Bourdaloue : https://www.ville-bourges.fr/site/fontaines 

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The Hôtel de Panetta, 1 rue Henri-Ducrot . In the heart of Bourges, an 18C mansion in the wake of the cathedral. It was built in 1418 by the Duke of Berry as the Hôtel des Trésoriers de la Sainte-Chapelle or the treasury of the holy chapel. It only retains its street frontage from this period. Acquired by the Marquis de Tristan in 1757, following the destruction of the Sainte-Chapelle, it was rebuilt, then sold to the Marquis de Panette in 1818. Rented by the government of Louis-Philippe from 1839 to 1845, it housed the exile of the pretender to the throne of Spain Charles de Bourbon. The doors of the Hôtel de Panette were opened to everyone on September 16, 2012 . Today is a hotel!! good to have rented here… see webpage : https://www.panette.fr/welcome.html

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Begun in the 16C, the Hôtel-Dieu de Bourges combines Gothic architecture and a style already approaching the Renaissance style with a monumental door on the street and Renaissance door on the courtyard. This Gothic ensemble will be completed by two other buildings in the 17C. In the health and charitable history of the city, the Hôtel-Dieu will quickly take precedence over other establishments. Its care activities ceased in November 1994. Owner of the site since 1996, the City of Bourges has carried out numerous rehabilitation works there. The city of Bourges on the Hôtel Dieu in French: https://www.ville-bourges.fr/site/hotel-dieu

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I have to tell you about my two favorite places to walk here, and it is recommended , really glorious medieval, this is beautiful Bourges.

The place Gordaine, bottom of the rue Bourbonnoux is therefore entirely pedestrianized, the most beautiful and the most photographed, because it is characteristic of medieval Bourges. It is in this place that the “Stone of Calvin” is found, and legend has it that standing on this stone, Calvin made his first communications for the new religion. Symbolic place of Bourges, its attraction in the evening in the summer season attracts many tourists, with its terraces finally free of cars and from nightfall, the magic of the Nuits Lumière. Really quant nice square!!

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The rue Bourbonnoux goes down from the apse of the cathedral to the place Gordaine. It is identical to what it was in the Middle Ages, and cobblestones, if they are the delight of lovers of urban heritage, are a calamity for ladies with high heels …It will change its name only once, during the French revolution in 1793, to take the name in accordance with current events, the rue des Bonnets-Rouges. Today it has many shops, very typical, with decorators, antique dealers and other luthiers. Descending from the oppidum towards Porte Gordaine, it is pleasant, with many half-timbered houses dating from the end of the 15C. The color of the visible beams can be brown, blue or… pink. At the corner of rue Bourbonnoux and rue de La Thaumassière, was the most popular hotel of the Middle Ages, the Hôtel du Bœuf Couronné. In recent years, it has become a guest house which has taken the name of Bonnets Rouges. Another wonderful street to just walk it up and down for delightful experience of old and nice!

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The Bourges tourist officehttps://www.bourgesberrytourisme.com/

The city of Bourges on its heritage in French: https://www.ville-bourges.fr/site/ville-tourisme-patrimoine

The local Berry province tourist office on Bourges: https://www.berryprovince.com/ma-destination-le-berry/les-destinations-en-berry/bourges-et-ses-alentours/##

There you go folks, a nice beautiful town to just walk and walk amongst nice history and beautiful architecture; this is beautiful Bourges. Hope you like the tour and see you around here…

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

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July 12, 2021

Visiting Bourges!!

Ok so i was again in the wonderful city of Bourges! Again, I have written several posts on the city and its things to see over the years in my blog and you are welcome to browse to see them. This was a new visit as we were in the area of Sancerre and is only 43 km to Bourges we decided to give it another visit; we love it!!

I have done a new post on the Cathedral , so let me tell you on this post about the other things to see we like there. Remember, also, written on them before ,this one is with new pictures. Just let me give you a brief introduction for my new readers and update for the old! And again, thank you for reading my blog since Nov 2010, appreciated.

Bourges is in department 18 or Cher.in the region of Centre Val de Loire . It is also the historic capital of Berry, a province of the Ancien Régime (monarchy) corresponding approximately to the current departments of Indre et Cher.No 37. A   few tens of kms from the geometric center of metropolitan France, and 240 km (about 149 miles) south of Paris.

The bit of history I like here is that from the beginning of the 12C, Bourges became the capital of a viscount, until the last viscount of Bourges, Eudes d’Arpin in 1101 sold his fiefs to the king of France in order to finance his crusade. Bourges therefore enters the royal domain, the property of the Crown. In the 14C the city became the capital of the Duchy of Berry, which was given to Jean de Berry, third son of the King of France Jean le Bon, and brother of King Charles V. This great lord, son, brother, and uncle of king, peer of France, develops in his capital a sumptuous court.

From the beginning of the 16C, the city of Bourges shone with its University. It welcomes the greatest humanists of the time and in particular great law professors such as Alciat, Le Douaren or Cujas. It was under Alciat that the future reformer Jean Calvin studied law (for 18 months) and it was in Bourges, then one of the places where the wind of the Reformation was blowing the strongest, that he fell under the influence of his German Greek-speaking teacher Melchior Wolmar who converted him to the Lutheran faith.

I have written on the palace of Jacques Coeur (see post) built at the end of the 15C,  but this time went by what was his birth house now a bar! It was acquired in 1420. For reference here is the city of Bourges on the palace webpage: http://www.ville-bourges.fr/_en/site/heritage_jacques-coeur-palace

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I did not stop by this time but do have a previous post on Berry Museum house in the Hôtel Cujas (see post). For reference here is the city of Bourges on the Berry museum: http://www.ville-bourges.fr/_en/site/culture—leisure_berry-museum

In the Episcopal Palace of Bourges amongst other things you find the wonderful Musée des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (see post) or Museum of the Best Craftsmen of France, witness to a local desire to show the excellence of more than two hundred crafts, commerce and industry. Just in addition , the building houses functions of the city hall such as marriage hall. The city of Bourges on the museum: https://www.ville-bourges.fr/site/musee-meilleurs-ouvriers-france

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And we did return to this one, but due to the current virus sit it was closed. So, therefore, see previous post. And some new exterior pictures.  The Hôtel Lallemant, an example of the first French Renaissance, built by the Jean Lallemant brothers around 1500. Acquired by the city of Bourges in 1826, the hotel has housed the Decorative Arts Museum (see post) since 1951, which houses, among other things, various pieces of furniture and objects from the 17-18C. The city of Bourges on the museum: http://www.ville-bourges.fr/_en/site/culture—leisure_museum-decorative-arts

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And this is the webpage of the Berry region tourist office on Bourges! They say the 10 not to missed places: https://www.berryprovince.com/ma-destination-le-berry/les-10-incontournables/

There you go folks, a dandy city to visit, and even for a day we enjoy it again. Hope you find the time when possible to stop by Bourges, you will be glad. We shall return!

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

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