This is Pontorson !!

Again, my road warrior instincts took me to the road. And what a nice ride it was, sunny clear skies and just wonderful trip with the boys and Dad tagged along. We have passed by this town many many times always on the run elsewhere, and never stop inside. This was the moment to do it and glad we did. Let me tell you a bit about Pontorson !!

The city of Pontorson is located in the Manche department 50 in the Normandy region, It is located 9 km from Mont-Saint-Michel, 22 km from Avranches, 45 km from Granville, 77 km from Rennes, 90 km from Saint-Lô and 363 km from Paris. There is a train station at Place de la Gare that is open from June 30 to September 4 2022 as for this year,never used and do not think will just for info. It is about 2h10 from my house!

Pontorson cv entr jul22

The city of Pontorson is crossed by the Couesnon, one of the three rivers in the bay of Mont Saint-Michel, and surrounded by more than 10 km of marshland to the south and by more than 4,800 hectares of polders.The territory of the current town is placed under the ephemeral domination of the kings of Brittany, undoubtedly with the Cotentin in the 9-10C by the Treaty of Compiègne. It lost this Breton status following the Normans’ penetration of the provisional border of the Sélune, which reestablished it on the Couesnon. On the other hand, the suburb located in addition to Couesnon retains its connection to Brittany. Some noticeable dates me think are on October 23, 1370, Bertrand Du Guesclin and Olivier de Clisson concluded a pact of brotherhood in arms at Pontorson. On November 18, 1793, the town was the site of the Battle of Pontorson, during the Virée de Galerne, during the Vendée wars (or wars of the west against the French revolution). Marcel Proust quotes Pontorson in the first volume of In Search of Lost Time, Swann’s Way, Part Three Country Names: the name, “Questembert, Pontorson, laughable and naive, white feathers and yellow beaks scattered over the route of these fluvial and poetic places”. There !

Located 5 km from Mont Saint-Michel, in Pontorson on the road D776, the Moidrey mill dating from 1806 has resumed service after more than a century of oblivion and a restoration that was completed in 2003. It is a mill-tower whose mechanism has been reconstructed identically. It is in operation and is open to visitors.

Pontorson Moulin Moidrey afar jul22

In 1870, the city of Pontorson proposed the construction of a first City/Town Hall. Which has an architecture similar to the current one. The one today is from 1902 and it was erected in the middle of the Halle (which was built around 1862). We therefore destroyed the center of the Halle, to subtly place the new City/Town Hall of Pontorson. This is a nice building as govt ones goes and right across from the Notre Dame Church.

Pontorson hotel de ville wide jul22

The Notre Dame Church took us by surprise for its size and magnificent even if could not get inside ; there was a wedding going on with all the bells !! Anyway we will be back only 2h10 from home ,and used to passed by here so many times, finally went in !!. Let me tell you a brief description on it ,as we will be back! The church is an ancient residence, dedicated to Notre-Dame ,located in Place de l’Eglise. It was built in execution of a wish of William the Conqueror. The building is made up of various styles: pure Romanesque, transitional Romanesque, Gothic from the 13C, and Gothic from the 15C. Briefly, the main construction events on their site tell us that between 1050 and 1120: the choir, the crosses and the bases of the tower were done, From 1120 to 1150: the nave with its half-columns engaged in the walls, its square bays and ribbed vaults to which are attached the western gables and the three portals, In 1220: the primitive altar located at the back of the choir dates from this period, From 1381 to 1418: concerns the Gothic part. The large window of the choir is drilled in order to obtain more light in the church, Around 1400: the Saint Jean Chapel was built, parallel to the choir, with which it communicates through a Gothic arcade, The magnificent altarpiece that adorns the background is carved in white stone, retraces in 22 compartments the “Passion of Christ and his Resurrection”. At the time of the wars of religion and during the French revolution, a systematic mutilation of all the heads of the characters took place. It was a splendor, judging by the remains that they remain as they are. The people of Pontorson called it the “Altarpiece of the Broken Saints”. In 1627: the Gothic belfry was built, a very Norman “saddle” bell tower, which was not completed until that year. Two ogival chapels flank the nave to the north and south. In 1853: at the entrance to the left transept is the lectern with the imperial eagle, in carved and gilded wood. Around 1700: an 18C wooden Virgin, venerated under the name of Notre Dame (Our Lady), located in the small north chapel, above the altar, also deserves to be noticed. She escaped mutilation for having been crowned with the Phrygian cap by an astute bourgeois of the city, who presented her to the “sans culottes” as Marianne, the venerated personification of the first Republic. The southern entrance door is decorated in its tympanum with a sculpture whose meaning remains to be discovered to this day. Some historians have seen the fable of Prometheus there? Pelican? We do not know ! The west facade, flanked by two Romanesque turrets with various sculptures, is unique in Europe, according to archaeologists.

Pontorson ch Notre Dame side town jul22

Pontorson ch Notre Dame main entr jul22

Pontorson ch Notre Dame belltower side jul22

The city of Pontorson on the Notre Dame Church

The city of Pontorson on its heritage

The Mont Saint Michel tourist office on Pontorson

There you go folks, another dandy spot in my belle France!  This is Pontorson, really the gateway to Mont Saint Michel, you will love it here, more calm and ambiance of a local town. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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