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February 14, 2022

Curiosities of Richelieu!!!

Ok so I finally came to Richelieu, the town of the Cardinal of France! This is a small but amazing town that needs to be seen; in my road warrior trips always by passed it until now. There will be other posts, and I start with the curiosities of Richelieu. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The town of Richelieu is located in the department of Indre-et-Loire no 37, in the Centre-Val de Loire region. On the borders of Touraine, Anjou and Poitou, the city now borders the department of Vienne no 86 and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Richelieu is located south of Chinon, west of Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine (see post)  in the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Natural Park. In addition, the city of Richelieu belongs to the canton of Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine, which takes place within the district Chinonnais, in the department of Indre-et-Loire,no 37 in the Centre-Val de Loire region,

Richelieu place des religieuses maison feb22
Above is place des religieuses and our parking!
The new town built between 1631 and 1642, bears the mark of its founder and sponsor, Cardinal Richelieu, and is a remarkable testimony to 17C town planning. It is based on a checkerboard plan on the model of Roman towns. or medieval bastides. It revolves around two squares, Place Royale and Place du Cardinal, and is surrounded by ramparts and monumental gates.

Richelieu Place du Cardinal statue Richelieu feb22

To start the posts i will throw in  the bit of history I like here:

Le Plessis-Richelieu was first a stronghold of the Clérambault family , an important family of the Poitevin / Angevin nobility who notably owned Beçay and others. In the 15C, Perrine de Clérambault had married Geoffroi du Plessis: they are direct ancestors of Cardinal de Richelieu, and Beçay and Le Plessis-Richelieu were given in December 1488 by Louis de Clérambault to his cousin François Ier du Plessis, eldest son of Geoffroi du Plessis and Perrine de Clairambault, and great-grandfather of the cardinal. As for the du Plessis, their cradle was at Plessis in Angles and Neons and others etc.

The founding of the town of Richelieu took place during the 17C, seems to result from a “creation ex nihilo” ,The construction of the complex took place from 1631 to 1642, date of the death of the cardinal, The city, organized on a Hippodamian plan, represents a rectangular surface 700 meters long by 500 meters wide. Surrounded by walls and moats, it is accessible by three monumental doors, a fourth, artificial, is built to respect the symmetry of the whole. In order to ensure its rapid settlement, the cardinal exempts the town from taxes. In return, the purchasers of building plots transferred free of charge undertake to build there within two years a “pavilion” or a house according to the “plans and estimates filed with the registry” of the city, while being obliged to take as contractor the one of the two chosen by the cardinal ,On the death of the cardinal in 1642, the town was deserted for a time.

Other things to see in Richelieu are :

The City Museum is located on the first floor of the City Hall. On the site of the Palais de Justice in the 17C. It was created in 1961 and remodeled in 2011 It contains several busts, paintings (including the siege of La Rochelle…), earthenware from Moustiers that belonged to the castle and its various owners.

Richelieu place du marche hotel de ville museum Richelieu feb22

The enclosure and its monumental gates surround the city. Richelieu includes three real doors (Porte de Châtellerault, Porte de Loudun and Porte de Chinon) and three false doors to guarantee the symmetry and aesthetics desired by the Cardinal. The 28 mansions were reserved for nobles and friends of the Cardinal. It was he who gave them the land to build their home. A private mansion hosts an interpretation center retracing, in video format, the history of Cardinal Richelieu, of the city as well as a reconstruction of the castle. The building stands on 2 floors. During the summer season, the three rooms on the second floor are reserved for artistic and historical exhibitions. In addition, this mansion is the only one that has not been modified since its construction.

Richelieu porte de Chatellerault to park feb22

Richelieu porte de Chinon pl des religieuses feb22

Richelieu porte de loudun by rue st vincent de paul feb22

Richelieu grande rue centre Richelieu feb22

The Chapelle de la Sainte Trinité. At n° 25 of the Grande rue, you have to pass the porch to see this chapel dedicated to the Holy Trinity, all in white freestone. Its door framed by Corinthian columns,opens under a semicircular arch whose archivolt is decorated , the whole surmounted by a decorated pediment. Above, a row of nine corbels all have a different sculpture: more or less animals less aggressive, two human heads, a hand that holds a chalice…

Richelieu grande rue chapelle tres sainte trinite feb22

Richelieu grande rue chapelle tres sainte trinite altar feb22

The Halles or covered market : Their construction dates back to the origins of the town in the 17C. They were modified in the 19C. A vast restoration project was carried out by the municipality in 2013. It made it possible to redo the roof, consolidate the framework, and restore the original height of the ground.

Richelieu place du marche Halles feb22

Richelieu place du marche halles inside to music kiosk feb22

The city of Richelieu and its heritage

The Azay Chinon Loire Valley tourist office on the museum and Center Richelieu in Richelieu :

There you go folks, a dandy beautiful place to see architecture and history of France before you intact for the most part since the 17C! Richelieu is nice, the Cardinal at least here did a good job! Hope you enjoy the tour as I

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

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February 14, 2022

Sainte Maure de Touraine, church and castle!!!

On my road warrior trips was close by and we eat a lot of goat cheese from here so why not pay a visit to the town itself. The visit was nice the food nicer and we will be back to Saint Maure de Touraine!! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The town of Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine is in the department of Indre-et-Loire no, 37, in the Centre-Val de Loire region. See my other post for the history part of the town and curiosities of it. Now will tell you about the main sights the Church St Maure Sainte Britte, and the Château des Rohan.

The Sainte-Maure-Sainte-Britte Church, in Romanesque and Gothic style, has a crypt dated from the 10-11C, probably an old domicilium that has been redesigned , and whose periods of construction are attributed in the 11-13C, Towards the end of the 19C, in 1891, the original church was destroyed, then rebuilt in 1892, The prioral chapel was built in 1060 at the instigation of Abbot Saint-Mesmin d’Orléans. During the 13C, the church obtained parochial status. Of the original construction, largely demolished, only the intertransept and the north side brace remain.

Ste Maure de Touraine ch st Blaise front feb22

Ste Maure de Touraine ch st Blaise nave to altar feb22

Ste Maure de Touraine ch chapel joan of arc feb22

The Château des Rohan , built in its first state by Foulques Nerra in 990, and rebuilt in the 14-15C. The keep, of square shape, has marks, reported overhanging the door, indicating the existence of a drawbridge. The crowning of this tower has been destroyed. The tower has, on the ground floor, an access corridor. A room, set up on the first level, completes the set, the castle currently houses a museum of popular arts and traditions and hosts ephemeral exhibitions and musical events.

Ste Maure de Touraine chateau rohan tower feb22

Ste Maure de Touraine chateau rohan ent feb22

Ste Maure de Touraine chateau des rohan tour entr back feb22

The town of Saint Maure de Touraine on its heritage :

There you go folks, my dandy road warrior trips into new territories of Sainte Maure de Touraine, always surprises ,nice architecture and great history, we love it. We will be back to the region as there is a whole lot more to see around here ,and this road warrior will keep on motoring! Hope you enjoy the post and do come, enjoy the sights and the goat cheeses!

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

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February 14, 2022

Curiosities of Sainte Maure de Touraine!!

On my road warrior trips was close by and we eat a lot of goat cheese from here so why not pay a visit to the town itself. The visit was nice the food nicer and we will be back to Saint Maure de Touraine!! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The town of Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine is in the department of Indre-et-Loire no, 37, in the Centre-Val de Loire region. The town is known for the production of a goat cheese, the Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine. the town is served by the A10 highway at exit 25 and the RD910. It is located halfway between Châtellerault and Tours. Paris is 275 km away via the A10 highway. It was in 1959 that the town adopted the name of Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine.

A bit of history I like

A mound was probably erected in the Merovingian period on Saint-Maurian territory. It would contain, according to the texts of Bishop Euphrône, the remains of Saint Maure and Saint Britte. A chapel, in its first state, would have been erected overhanging this tumulus. Around the 11C and 12C, the site of Sainte-Maure was a rural type town, During the 12C, a dungeon, called the Tour Foubert, or La Tabagie, was erected on the Sainte-Maurienne lands from the city of Tours, In December 1323, Charles the Fair donated the fiefdom of Sainte-Maure to the Chapter of Saint-Martin de Tours. In 1467, Jean d’Estouville, Grand Master of Crossbowmen and Provost of Paris saw Sainte-Maure raised to barony status.

Towards the end of the 16C, Sainte-Maure was included in the ducal domain of Montbazon, this duchy-prairie having been founded for the benefit of Louis VII de Rohan-Montbazon, On July 8, 1661, Louis XIV, returning from Saint-Jean de Luz, the town where he had just married under the Treaty of the Pyrenees, and accompanied by his wife Marie-Thérèse of Austria (Infanta of Spain), stopped at the fortress of Sainte- Maure, In the second half of the 18C, a chapel was erected near a spring, called the “Fountain of the Virgins”, a site which until then had been the subject of frequent pilgrimages to the building, dedicated to the Maure and Britte saints, it was inaugurated on April 8, 1760 by the local authorities, then blessed on May 5 of the same year. Two statues, sculpted with the effigy of the two virgins, are incorporated into the enclosure of the chapel.  

Other things to see are

The halles or covered market, commissioned by Anne de Rohan and built under the direction of Charles d’Estevou in 1672, consist of 3 naves each with a roof supported by a framework. The halls have two entrances, one located on the west side and the other on the south side. These two doors, decorated with decorations and coats of arms, are each crowned by a pediment in an arc of a circle and resting on 2 pilasters.

The Maison d’Estouteville, dating from the 16C, is located at 2, rue Auguste Chevalier, in the town center. The facade, partially redesigned, has a frieze comprising three escutcheons associated with ornaments in the form of tracery and stamped monograms. The Boumiers dolmen, brought to light around the middle of the 19C, is a megalithic site erected during the Neolithic period. The monument, of simple structure, is established in the south of the town’s territory, 3 km from the town center.

We did not see the above just passed by the Espace Trianon which is the cinema while walking in town. In 1696, to replace the ruined Hôtel-Dieu, Count Voyer d’Argenson set up a hospital in a house opposite the church, called Maison Gueffault. Due to a lack of money dedicated to its operation, it did not begin to receive patients until 1766, thanks in part to the generosity of the Rohan family. As early as 1847, a room in the house was used to accommodate the kindergarten called the “asylum room”. In 1881, a decree transformed the asylum halls into a kindergarten which evolved in a more educational direction. The Ciné Off association, a partner of the municipality since 1997, was associated with the design of the project. This association is responsible for screening films with the active support of members of the cinema section of the Foyer des Jeunes, which is still very active in the town. The choice of Patrice Leconte to give his name to this room is linked to the municipal desire to mark a priority for the cinema while honoring a great director from Tours.

Ste Maure de Touraine espace trianon cinema feb22

We arrive and we had lunch as usual road warrior tactic smell the food and go for it. Homemade natural by loving restauranteurs. This was the case entering the town on the D910 road and there it was le Petit Marmiton restaurant. Juicy steaks, homemade fries, salads, local red wines and express coffee great for the run, nice friendly welcome, great service , excellent food: we will be back! webpage:

And from the restaurant guru reviews site on the resto

Sainte Maure de Touraine le petit marmotan resto front feb22

Sainte Maure de Touraine le petit marmotan resto dining feb22Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine, is a soft goat’s cheese with a natural rind, Its best consumption period extends from April to August , Bacterial fermentation and the decomposition of plants into black manure in the earth. It also promotes the growth, in particular the specific ripening of cheeses and consequently ensures their preservation while the simple curds of goat’s milk remain so easily altered In the shape of a truncated conical log, Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine is a cheese goat cheese made with whole raw milk. Its soft paste is obtained by mainly lactic coagulation with a slight addition of rennet. Drainage is spontaneous. The cheese is salty and ashy on the surface, with superficial moulds.Sublime we eat it without moderation at home !! We got our load at the recommended Ferme Les fromages d’Angel pic with same lady who served us: webpage:

The AOP cheese of Saint Maure de Touraine :

There you go folks a small introduction to the town of Sainte Maure de Touraine, come here for the goat cheese , one of the best of France. WE will be back!!! And see the main sights in another post to follow for the curiously inclined!

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

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