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December 12, 2022

Curiosities of France !! Part IV

Looking at my vault,again, found some older pictures on paper and took my digital camera to take picture of the pictures and use them in my blog. This allows me to show in my blog places not shown or pics with new angles of places shown in the blog. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of France !! Part IV.

These are pictures before my blogging effort and even before coming to live in France! Hope you enjoy these marvels of my belle France !!!

The Place de la Réunion is the central square of the old town of Mulhouse, located in the extension of rue du Sauvage. It opens onto rue Mercière, rue de la Lanterne, rue Henriette, on place Lambert, as well as on the passage de l’Hôtel de ville. The term “Reunion” refers to the historical episode of the attachment of the Republic of Mulhouse to the French Republic on March 15, 1798, The Place de la Réunion is bordered by several historic buildings in old Mulhouse such as the Saint-Étienne temple, the City/town hall, the Mieg house, the former tailors’ corporation or the Lys pharmacy. There is also a fountain surmounted by the statue of the halberdier.

Mulhouse pl de la Réunion fontaine du hallebardier et hotel de ville c2004

The City of Mulhouse and its heritage :

In Alsatian, dolder means “the highest point”. Built in 1291, the Dolder served as a belfry and watchtower for the inhabitants of Riquewihr for centuries. It is reached by a rather steep stone staircase which once led to the walkway. The Dolder Museum reveals the history and evolution of the fortified medieval city of Riquewihr from the 12C to the 17C, as well as its means of defence. From the 4th level of the tower, you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the roofs of the city and the plain of Alsace.

Riquewihr la tour du Dolder c2004

The City of Riquewihr and its heritage :

The Ribeauville-Riquewihr tourist office on the museum

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips to my belle France. The wonders of France, the most visited country in the world (UN WTO). I say that still rings a bell to my ears on each stretch of meter I take on this world. Hope you enjoy the post on Riquewihr and Mulhouse as I reviving these old pictures into the life of my blog

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

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December 12, 2022

The Saint-Martin Church of Commeny !

Now this was a pleasant surprise to find me an old picture from this village in the Vexin Français . I have another post on it on the goodies we came to get here from the farms while living in Versailles. Many family memories flashing by at the moment so nice indeed. Of course, I have to include it in my blog for old time’s sake. And let me tell you a bit this time about the Saint Martin Church of Commeny !

Commeny is located in the department 95 of Val d’Oise and in the region of Île de France, It is 18 km from Pontoise, 67 km from Rouen, and 53 km from Paris, It is easily accessible by the old national road 14 (current RD 14), which coming out of Paris is the A15. I have plenty on the other post so will just tell you about the church here. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Saint-Martin Church construction began a few decades after the erection of Commeny into a parish in 1161. At the beginning of the 13C, this church in the primitive Gothic style was completed, and then had a nave of four bays accompanied by two aisles, a transept with bell tower central, and a small choir at the flat apse. During the Hundred Years War, the church suffered damage, and the last bays of the aisles and the transept braces were rebuilt at the beginning of the 16C, in the flamboyant Gothic style. Later, in 1568, the nave and its aisles were not only rib-vaulted in a somewhat rustic Renaissance style, but the large southern arcades and the aisle walls were completely redone. From then on, only the large northern arcades, the crossing of the transept, the bell tower and the choir remain of the first parish church , The current chancel can be dated to the late 12C. A new tower-porch was built in 1833.

Commeny ch St Martin front jan07

Among the furnishings of the Saint Martin Church we find: the statue of the Madonna and Child in polychrome stone next to the entrance dates from the 14C, the statue of a holy bishop, probably Saint Martin, on the other side of the ‘hall. This statue dates from the 17C, The stone statue of Saint Barbara, of naïve workmanship, dates from the 16C ,and the martyr is accompanied by the tower where she was locked up, and bears the palm of martyrdom, as well as a closed book. The wooden Christ on the cross suspended under the triumphal arch should remain from an old beam of glory dates from the 14C,The stone statue of Saint Anthony the Great, of folk art, shows the saint during his martyrdom by fire , and dates from the 17C. The stone statue of Saint Fiacre, of popular art, shows the patron saint of gardeners with his main attribute, the spade, and dates from the 17C. The gilded stone statue of the seated Madonna and Child is 91 cm (about 36 inches) in height, and dates from the 14C. stands today at the apse of the north aisle, The polychrome stone statues of Saint Martin and Saint Joseph date from 1694, and are part of the main altarpiece.

The 15C altar canopy is in the Flamboyant Gothic style. Its openwork decoration in sculpted wood, at the very top, consists of two rows of flamboyant carvings, and a row of scallop shells surrounded by plant motifs. The altarpiece of the high altar is in soft stone or stucco, and consists of , essentially two pairs of Ionic pilasters decorated with falling flowers embellished with palmettes; an entablature whose metope is decorated with foliage, while acanthus leaves adorn the spine of the cornice; a pediment whose border is carved according to the model of the cornice; two flower vases that confine the pediment; and a crucifix as crowning glory. The whole is painted.

Today, Commeny is affiliated with the parish of Avernes et Marines, and Sunday masses are celebrated there irregularly, twice a year.

Other things to see here are:

The Maison du Pain,(house of the bread) one of the four museums and themed houses of the regional natural park of French Vexin. It only opens on Sunday afternoons from May to July and from September to October. The Ferme Saint-Jacques or des Maillochins farm is organized around a large courtyard and includes, among other things, a barn from 1775 and a dovecote-porch from 1625. Topped with a saddleback roof, its gate has arcades in full hanger. The farm once belonged to the wardens of the Saint-Jacques-la-Boucherie Church in Paris.

The town of Commeny on the Saint Martin Church:

There you go folks, a wonderful find indeed , to remind me of our wonderful time in Versailles, Yvelines, dept 78 and the whole of the Île de France region! Commeny is a small part of it, but precious. Again hope you enjoy the post as I

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

December 12, 2022

The Church Saint Clodoald of Saint Cloud !

Let me bring you and me back to Saint Cloud, a place that I have been several times but when living in Versailles. I used to go to get my wines and business meetings there, However, took time to walk a bit and saw a nice church, After looking into it realised is a very historical Church Saint Clodoald , and found me an old picture of those days passing by, therefore, need to have it in my blog, Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The City of Saint Cloud is in dept 92 of Hauts de Seine, in the Ïle de France region. Just next to Paris ! It is only 10 km from Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris point zero. Saint-Cloud owes its name to Clodoald, grandson of Clovis; threatened by his uncles, Clodoald moves away from power disputes and settles in Novigentum, a hamlet of loggers and fishermen where he builds a moustier or monastery of which there is still a wall. The town takes the name of “Sanctus Clodoaldus”. From then on, the town will often be at the heart of History.  Saint-Cloud bears witness to a rich and prestigious past indeed,

This neo-medieval Church Saint Clodoald dominates the center of the old town. It was rebuilt under the Second Empire between April 1861 (laying of the first stone) and May 1863 (blessing), in place of the old collegiate church which housed the crypt containing the tomb apocryphal of Saint Clodoald. Inside the church, under the altar of the chapel dedicated to Saint Cloud, a shrine contains his relics. It seems that there was already a chapel around 550, when Saint Clodoald arrived, It was rebuilt at the end of the 18C, the old church from the 10-11C, already enlarged and modified many times over the centuries, was rebuilt again. The current building is in Romanesque-Gothic style with the pulpit, built in 1899 , and the gallery organ is from 1854.

Saint Cloud ch Saint Clodoald mar10

A bit more of the history I like, tells that Queen Marie-Antoinette was interested in the small town of Saint-Cloud, which housed an important castle in its park (gone burned in1871 by the commune uprisings). Under her authority, a hospital and its chapel had been built in 1787. And the following year, the queen laid the first stone of the future church. As the castle had a monumental esplanade up to the Seine, it was planned that the same would apply to the church. A model near the choir depicts the queen offering the model of the church, When the French revolution broke out, the foundations were completed and the walls had already risen a few meters. But everything stops, Eventually, the first stone was laid on July 11, 1789 , and the revolutionary troubles did not prevent the work from continuing and being completed. The church will be consecrated in 1791 by a constitutional priest (not religious but revolutionary). Napoleon III will complete the project from 1860, The church, opened for worship in 1863, was consecrated in 1878 , Apart from the relics of Saint Clodoald, the interior features 19C stained glass windows and beautiful paintings in the choir. But the artistic interest lies above all in the splendid oak preaching pulpit dated 1899.

 The City of Saint Cloud on its heritage :

There you go folks, one more spot of my belle France that need to see more in depth time and health permitting. For now ,hope you enjoy this introduction to the Church Saint Clodoald of Saint Cloud as I.

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

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