January 14, 2019

Notre Dame Cathedral of Rouen!

And I come back to Rouen, I told you, one of my favorite cities in my belle France! It used to be my weekend trip away from the capital area , less so now from Brittany. The city of Rouen has many jewels to easily spent over a couple days, and all worth it. Again, Rouen is in the Seine Maritime dept 76 of the region of Normandy.

Let me tell you a bit, well maybe more than a bit on the Notre Dame Cathedral of Rouen! Enjoy the brief tour! and briefer photos lol!!!

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, officially Cathedral Primatiale Assumption of Rouen. It is the seat of the Archdiocese of Rouen, the capital of the Ecclesiastical region of Normandy. The Archbishop of Rouen with the title of Primate of Normandy, his cathedral has the rank of Primatiale.


It is a Gothic architecture construction whose first stones go back to the High Middle Ages. It has the peculiarity, rare in France, to preserve its Archbishop Palace and the surrounding adjoining buildings dating from the same period. The wooden arrow covered in Renaissance style lead that crowned was destroyed by a fire ignited by lightning in 1822. It is now surmounted by a cast iron boom, built from 1825 to 1876, which rises to 151 meters. The Cathedral Notre-Dame de Rouen is the highest in France and was the highest building in the world at the time of its completion in 1876, and will remain until 1880, it is also the Cathedral which, by the width of its western facade of 61.60 meters , holds the record of France. It is known worldwide, notably through the 28 paintings of the series of Cathedrals of Rouen, painted by Claude Monet.

A lot of history I like

A sermon by Bishop Victrice dated about 395-396AD implies the presence of a Cathedral in the city and evokes the construction of a nearby Basilica.  In the 5C, these two basilicas were brought together by galleries.  In the 10C, after the Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte in 911, Rouen became the capital of the young Duchy of Normandy, the chief Viking Rollon would have received the baptism in 912 (under the first name Robert) in the primitive basilica. Necropolis of the first dynasty of the Dukes of Normandy, the Cathedral (the first Carolingian edifice) was enlarged only under the reign of Richard I, the latter dying in 996.  Around 1237, the Cathedral seems to be completed.  The work on the western façade resumed from 1370, to end at 1450. It was then that a series of arches were built and filled with more than 60 statues.


Also completed the Saint-Romain tower by making a high floor, covered with an axe roof with curved slate panels, from 1468 to 1478. It housed nine bells, which were added in 1467 by Marie D’Estouteville and in 1470, La Guillaume. The presence of these numerous bells gave the nickname of the “Tower of the Eleven Bells”. From 1477 to 1479, it completely resumed the Canon Bookstore (Chapter library) and built the “booksellers’ Staircase”, which allowed access from the Cathedral’s transept in 1479.  Begins at the end of 1485 a tower south of the façade, the Tour du Beurre, finishes in 1506.

The Choir is endowed with a new master altar, delivered in 1734. The yellow copper fencing that surrounded the choir since 1526 is replaced by gilded copper grates. The 13C Rood is replaced in 1775 by a classic marble rood. During the French Revolution, the Cathedral became the Temple of Reason. The bells are broken and the Georges of Amboise melted. The revolution kept the Cathedral proper by using the Chapel of the Virgin as a hay loft, while the rest of the building served as a concert hall. It regained the Cathedral status in 1796

The definitive restoration of the Arrow has a project, which started in 2016 and is to be completed in 2022, is divided into 7 slices. This operation includes the restoration of cast iron structure and decor elements, restoration of the Corten steel structure, reinforcement before final Solution The repair of the assembly permits between the two structures, the protection of the Arrow by painting of the structure in Corten in grey or light green and cast elements in grey green according to the original hue, the copper cover of the slab of the stool at the foot of the arrow and a highlighting by the lighting of the whole .

Some main things to see

The courtyard or Place de la Cathédrale is located in the center of the Gallo-Roman castrum of the 4C, at the crossroads of the Cardo (current Rue des Carmes) and the Decumanus (axis of the rue de Gros-Horloge

The North tower or Saint-Romain Tower, which is the oldest part of the façade 12C, first Gothic. Another level in flamboyant Gothic style was added and endowed with a roof in frame called axe. Most likely, this tower was isolated from the Cathedral and served as a defensive tower before being integrated into the façade of the Cathedral


The Butter Tower or tour du Beurre or south tower is much more recent since it dates from the beginning of the 16C. The first stone is laid in 1485. The huge bell of the tower is melted in 1501, it takes the name of its patron, Georges of Amboise.  The tour de la beurre inspired the construction of a famous Chicago building, the Tribune Tower, in 1923-1925.

The western facade the rhythm of the facade is given by the four turrets and their perforated arrows, centered on the axis of the portal Notre-Dame .The main porch is the last gothic element adjoining the Cathedral.

The portal Saint-Jean in the north is the only tympan that is intact.  The tympan is divided into two parts, represents events of the lives of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist. The upper part represents the mysterious passage of St. John the Evangelist. The lower register, from left to right, tells the feast of Herod, the dance of Salome and the decollation of Saint John the Baptist. Between the broken arch and the discharge arch, in the upper tympan of the gate, is the baptism of Christ in the center and the details of the life of Saint John in Chinese shadows. This decoration technique, very original, is a motif of cutting stone, on the background of Fleur de Lys, originally gilded.

The portal Notre-Dame , the floor of the portal consists of a first large gable cutting a gallery, the large rose in retreat and a second gallery called  Viri Galilei

The portal Saint-Étienne is unrecognizable on the portal of the same name in the south. Its tympan is divided into two parts: a Christ in Majesty in a mandorla that welcomes faithful and pilgrims because he was not mutilated by the Protestants, and under the stoning of St. Stephen. The configuration of the tympan such as the glorious Christ in the skies, surrounded by angels, on the upper part, and St Stephen stoned by his executioners in the presence of Saul,  illustrates the story of the Martyr of Saint Stephen

The portal Saint-Siméon is built in the 13C on the 8th span of the southern collateral the portals of the transept: the portal of booksellers like that of the Calende, is surmounted by a bow in third-point to vaulted carved above which a gable detaches from the clear glass. The Rose is surmounted by a large gable

The lantern tower and its arrow the chevet or bedside at the end of the Cathedral is the Chapel of the Virgin. Its broken arched windows are capped with gables including between the pinnacles overcoming the foothills

The Chapels of the north aisle are: Saint-Mellon, Sainte-Agathe ,Saint-Jean-de-la-Nef, Saint-Sever, Saint-Julien ,Saint-Eloi ,Chapelle des fonts Saint-Nicolas ,and Sainte-Anne

The Chapels of the south aisle are: Saint-Étienne-la-Grande-Eglise in the tour du beurre, Saint-Eustache, Saint-Léonard ,Saint-Pierre called the builder ,Sainte-Colombe called Eucharistic Wheat,  Sainte-Catherine,  portal of the Masons, also known as the Saint-Siméon Portal, Sainte-Marguerite, and the Chapel of the Little Saint-Romain.

The transept has four chapels, all oriented, one at the angles and the other in a apsidiole ,these are: Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Pitié , Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, Chapelle Sainte-Jeanne d’Arc, and Chapelle Saint-Joseph.

The Choir, slightly stalker to the north, has five straight bays and an apse in a five-part hemicycle. It rises on three levels. On either side of the Choir are stalls, which include sculpted mercies illustrating the Bible and secular subjects. It opens on three radiant chapels separated by a large window. The ambulatory gives access from the south to the north to the Saint-André/Saint-Barthelemy Chapel de la Revestiére, the Chapel of the Virgin and the Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul chapel. Like the transept, arches run in the basement and have a passage at the base of the bays that retain the 13C stained glass. The ambulatory houses tombs with recumbents, each with an epitaph, from the south to the north. that of Rollon (a 19C copy) is empty. That of Richard the Lion Heart contained his heart, whose reliquary of lead is preserved with the treasure of the Cathedral; That of Henri the Younger, elder brother of Richard the Lion Heart. That of William I of Normandy, son of Rollon.. Access to the crypt is from the Chapel of Saint Jeanne D’Arc, in the south brace.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Cathedral of Rouen

City of Rouen on the Cathedral

Tourist office of Rouen on the Cathedral

Tourist office of Seine Maritime dept 76 on the Cathedral

Tourist office of region of Normandy on the Cathedral

There you go now you have it all to come and enjoy the city of Rouen ,and the Notre Dame Cathedral both awesome! Hope you have enjoy the reading and do ride over !

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




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January 13, 2019

Abbey Church of St Ouen, Rouen!

And I stay in Rouen, no problems, this is a nice town and full of jewels to see and enjoy. I repeat , I have come here many times with the family and even watch sporting events here, the amount of historcial architectural stunning places are awesome. Rouen should get more visitors , it is worth it. I like to tell you here about another jewel of architecture and history, the Saint-Ouen Abbey of Rouen.  Its abbey church is a complete example of Gothic architecture in Normandy.

The Abbey of Saint-Ouen was one of the most powerful Benedictine monasteries in Normandy, founded in 750 under the term of Saint Peter the first church at this site was a Merovingian basilica; Dadon (Saint Ouen) was buried there in 684 and then gave his name to the abbey. Also, the Benedictine monastery which succeeded him at the time Carolingian naturally took the name of this prestigious abbot.


Hildebert first true abbot, is considered the restorer of the abbey. Under his command, the abbey follows the Benedictine rule.. In 1067, William the Conqueror attests to a confirmation in favor of the abbey. The body of Saint Ouen and the other relics are transferred there in 1126

The work of the present-day Gothic abbey church began in 1318, the tombstone located in the chapel of the Abbey of St. Agnes indicates in its epitaph that Master Alexandre de Berneval, a masonry master, is the author of this Church And that he died in  1440. In all likelihood, he is depicted on the tombstone and undoubtedly is that of the two characters, the oldest, who holds in his hands a compass and a medium on which is engraved a quarter of a rosette.


In 1803, the city hall of Rouen settled in the former Dormitorium or sleeping quarters of the 18C. The Logis abbatial is demolished in 1816. The church itself, having sheltered a factory at the time of the French revolution, was then returned to the Catholic cult but without becoming a parish church, now serves as a place of exhibitions and concerts.

The western façade of the Abbey Church was built in Gothic style between 1845 and 1852, only the escutcheon is original. It is constructed of limestone from the quarries of Saint-Leu and Saint-Maximin.  The main gate is made up of three porches, whose foot-rights host statues The central portal, composed of Christ on the central pillar of the great gate, is surrounded by the apostles.  We enter the building by the portal of the Marmousets which closes the south arm of the transept. The ribs of the vault fall on two large pendant keys. The lower parts of the foot-rights and the central thomas are carved with forty medallions quadrilles tracing the life of Saint Ouen, whose statue perched on the thomas. The tympan is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

The Abbey Church of Saint Ouen measures 134 meters long, with a height of 33 meters under vaults, and has a superb crowned central tower that does not have lantern of the flamboyant Gothic style. It measures 82 meters and a structural belfry supports the bells, of which one was melted in 1701. The nave, very bright thanks to its canopies on three levels of elevation; adjacent to the north of the nave, stands the only gallery still existing cloister; It has a beautiful, flamboyant network.


The Choir and the pentagonal bedside with its eleven Chapels, visible from the garden of the town hall, is a marvel of harmony and balance, all in the radiant Gothic style, with the exception of the northern part of the choir against which remains a Romanesque apsidal, Called the Clerics’ tower, a vestige of the former great abbey. The choir is closed by grates forged in 1740-1749; above the large arcades, under the triforium, are wall paintings from the 14C. The Altar is made of gilded brass.

The Salle des Marmosets overlaid at the gate, was once used as a charrier or maybe  the Abbey’s archive room. In the 19C, this room served as a library, as evidenced by the few traces of polychromies and nails. The room has an irregular vault that is based on the bases carved with sacred and secular scenes

The stained glass windows form a coherent ensemble, of great homogeneity, made between the 14C and 15C. All the windows are filled with stained glass. On the stained glass windows are only figures on foot, given the height of the building which would make it impossible to read smaller religious scenes. Therefore, each of them represents a patriarch, a prophet or a sibyl in the north, and a saint, a prelate or an apostle in the south. The windows then open directly to the aisles. Contrary to those of the bays of the nave, the stained-glass windows are here religious scenes under architected decorations of a very fine execution.

The Rosary in the south arm was decorated with a tree of Jesse, a recurring theme in this art. The north arm shows us the hierarchy. As for the façade, its rose is adorned with a modern and abstract window, in beautiful blue hues, which slices with the rest of the scenes. The scenes of the canopies takes up the window of the tall windows of the nave with figures on foot. There is, however, one exception: a modern window by Max Ingrand representing the Crucifixion that adorns the axis.

The windows of the radiant chapels there is the largest collection of stained glass windows from the 14C in France. They illustrate for example the life of the Saints honored in the abbey. The abbey of St Ouen has an organ Cavaillon-Coll of 1890; one of the most beautiful in France with that of the Church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris and the greatest Cavaillon-Coll of the provinces after that of the Collegiale Saint-Pierre de Douai and the great organ of the Cathedral of Nancy. More on the organ below link.

Organ of abbey of St Ouen

The old garden of the abbey is today called the City/town Hall Garden. It can be seen, located next to the west entrance, near the portal of the Marmosets, a copy of the Big Stone of Jelling offered by Denmark to the city of Rouen, on the occasion of the millennium of Normandy in 1911.  Not far from there are a stone statue of Rollon and a bronze bust of the Belgian poet Émile Verhaeren, who died accidentally in the train station of Rouen in 1916.  To the north of the abbey Church, a basin is decorated with a sculpture evoking the abduction of Dejanie by the Centaur Nessus. Against the north wall, you the Meridian.


Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Rouen on the Abbey

Tourist office of Rouen on the Abbey

Tourist office of Seine Maritime dept 76 on the Abbey

Tourist office of Normandy region on the Abbey

Site on Norman Abbeys on St Ouen

There you go another jewel in pretty historical Rouen. Not to be missed!ok

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

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January 13, 2019

Palais du Tau, Reims

And while in Reims why not come to an unique museum next to the Cathedral, another awesome monument to visit in my belle France. This on in Reims, department 51 of the Marne, in the Grand Est region of France.

This is a city best known for the Champagnes and no doubt a must to see too. However, seldom the monuments are overlook. Do not miss this museum in a palace, the Palais de Tau. This is one place where the pictures of old were lost so bear with me.

The Archbishop Palace of the Tau in Reims was the place of residence of archbishops of this city. It owes its name to its plan, which was in the Middle Ages in the form of a letter T (Tau in Greek). Building adjoining the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims, it was also a royal residence at the coronations of the Kings of France in Reims.

Occupied since the 5C at this site, the former residence of the bishops and archbishops of Reims was enlarged and rebuilt over the centuries, with major reshuffles at the end of the 15C and in the years 1680-1690. The palace was transformed into a court of law, then a trade exchange during the French revolution.

Severely damaged during a fire at the beginning of WWI in 1914, following bombardments on the Cathedral, the Palais du Tau was restored in the 1950’s ,and has since 1972 a museum linked to the Cathedral and the coronations of the kings of France.

A bit of history i like

At the present location of the Cathedral, the founding Bishop Nasser built a Church dedicated to Notre-Dame at the beginning of the 5C and settled in a contiguous Gallo-Roman villa, whose vestiges were found during excavations in the lower hall of the current palace. This church is the place of the baptism of Clovis by the bishop of Reims Remi around 500 and becomes from 816 to 1825 the place of the coronation of most of the kings of France. The Palace of  Tau was the place of residence of kings for their coronation, and the Hall of the Tau hosted the Royal banquet at the end of the ceremony.

The palace in the flamboyant Gothic style at the end of the 15C. The palace retained this style for nearly two centuries, until the work of Robert de Cotte between 1688 and 1693.. The palace then acquires a classical aspect. The palace saw the archbishop’s departure in 1790 during the French revolution, during which the palace was transformed into a court of law, then on the stock exchange of Commerce. The archbishop’s return was made during the restoration in 1823. For the coronation of Charles X in 1825, the palace was restored. The separation of the Church and the State in 1905 ended the occupation of the palace by the Archbishops of Reims. On December 17, 1906, the Archbishop of Reims Louis-Joseph Luzon was forced to leave the palace.

From 1907, the palace is intended to host the ethnographic Museum of Champagne. It is necessary to wait until 1950 for the reconstruction of the palace to be opened, in order to welcome a museum which opens in 1972. Since 1972, the Palais du Tau is a national monument managed by the Centre of National Monuments ;the Palais du Tau contains the museum of the work, with important sculpted elements coming from the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, deposited after the fire of 1914 and during the 20C. The tapestries that were exposed to the Cathedral are visible in different rooms of the palace. The museum exposes the treasure of the Cathedral, and dedicates halls to the evocation of the rites of the Kings of France. It is also the place of temporary exhibitions, demonstrations and shows. It currently has a restaurant room with terrace in the courtyard.   Since March 2017, the palace has hosted a tea room, the Tau.


Things to see are plenty here!

The lower Chapel dates from the beginning of the 13C. A 14C tympan, a Virgin and the Child, is located above the passage leading to the Chapel. Since 1919, the lapidary deposit elements of the Cathedral, visible through a glass door closing the access, has been formed in this part of the palace. In particular, the fragments of the rood of the 15C Cathedral, destroyed in 1744, are shown. The lower room, located below the Tau room, dates from the 15C. It presents vaults on a cross-shaped warhead, the vault keys bearing the arms of Guillaume Briconnet. Excavations have shown levels dating back to the Gallo-Roman era and the north wall has 9C arcs

Tau Room or banquet hall; this room initially had a form of T, hence its name. This large, now rectangular room since Robert de Cotte’s works in the 17C, was previously reworked at the end of the 15C. His arms, mingled with those of ecclesiastical heraldry, are carved on the chimney.   The wooden frame of the room has the shape of an inverted ship’s hull and has nine horizontal beams. The room, heavily damaged during the fire of 1914 which destroyed this ceiling but spared the chimney was restored following old engravings. Two large wall hangings illustrating the history of the 15C Fort Roy Clovis are exhibited. This room is also called the Feast Hall as the banquet following the Royal coronation took place there

The treasure is exposed in two rooms located between the Tau room and the upper Palatine Chapel. The first presents the treasure of the old regime and the second exhibits the collections dating from the restoration, mainly the coronation of Charles X. It consists of objects from the cathedral and objects used during the coronation ceremony, among which: the reliquary of the Holy Ampulla ; the chalice of the coronation, a piece of goldsmith which was part of the regalia of the Kingdom of France; the talisman of Charlemagne, jewel of the 9C. This gift of the Caliph Haroun ar-Rachid to Charlemagne would have been found during the exhumation of the emperor’s body in 1166. Kept since in Aix-la-Chapelle, the talisman was offered to Josephine by the Bishop of the city in 1804. This jewel in gold, emeralds, garnets, beads and sapphires contains a thorn of the True Cross; the reliquary of the Resurrection dating from the second half of the 15C. The nave of St. Ursula. This ceremonial nave , carried out by a goldsmith of Tours of the late 15C, was given to Anne of Brittany in 1500. In 1505, the Queen placed statuettes of Saint Ursula and her companions on the deck of the nave. The nave reaches Henri III, who offers it to the Cathedral in 1575. The coat of arms of Henri III, and a Latin inscription made for his gift are visible on the base of the object.

This Palatine Chapel is accessible from the Tau room. The entrance is surmounted by a tympan adorned with a Adoration of the Magi. It currently hosts the six candlesticks and the Cross which were made on the occasion of the marriage of Napoleon and Marie-Louise . The Chapel is built on two levels.

Charles X Room; this room is particularly dedicated to the coronation in 1825 of Charles X, the last sacred French sovereign. The coat of the coronation of Charles X is a piece of purple silk velvet 5.70 meters long.

The Antichamber; this piece presents a copy of the crown of Louis XV, the original in the Louvre museum one of the versions of the painting by Joseph Siffrein Duplessis representing Louis XVI in the coronation costume. Since November 2017 is presented the period copy of a portrait of the Grand Dauphin by Henri Tara, whose original is presented at the Château de Versailles.

Goliath Room; this room contains statues and various elements of the Cathedral. The Goliath, carved with its chain of mesh and its helmet, dated the third quarter of the 13C is 5.4 meters high and weighs 6 tons. Other monumental statues of the Cathedral are also exhibited in this room: the Synagogue and the Church, Adam and Eve, Saint Paul and Saint James, and the risen Christ and Saint Thomas.

Small Sculptures Room ; a hall with many carved heads fallen during WWI, the monumental sculptures of Abraham, and some models, including the one representing the ideal cathedral of the famous-le-Duc, and since November 2017 a Model of the Cathedral of Reims.

Song Room, four wall embroideries, dating from the 17C, represent imagined scenes of the biblical book Song of songs adorning this room. These embroideries of wool and silk come from the castle of Hauteville (Aisne) and were given in 1807 to the Cathedral.

Square Lounge, or Pepersack room; the statues of Saint Peter and La Madeleine, dated the 1st quarter of the 13C and deposited from the western façade of the Cathedral in 1970, are presented here. This room also exhibits the six remaining tapestries of a set of 29 pieces woven in Reims in the 17C , representing episodes of the Life of Christ.

Room of the King of Judah; the statue representing a king of Judah gives its name to this room of modest dimensions. This imposing statue of 4.2 meters high, dating from the middle of the 14C, was located at the base of one of the towers of the Cathedral in the Gallery of Kings.

Coronation Hall of the Virgin; this room owes its name to the gable called Coronation of the Virgin from the central portal of the cathedral. This gable with a width of 8 meters and a height of 5.5 meters, displayed above the staircase of honor, was deposited in 1948-1949. This room contains several tapestries of the   life of Notre-Dame; these were given in 1530 . Sculptures of kings, one attributed to the representation of Philippe Auguste, frame the tapestries.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and coming is a must are

Official Palais du Tau

City of Reims on Palais du Tau

Tourist office of Reims on the Palais du Tau

National Monument Center of France on Palais du Tau

This is one of the best antiques museum and merits a visit,and me to get back for more pictures lol! Palais du Tau at Reims. It is worth a visit as you are next to the Cathedral.

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


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January 13, 2019

Notre-Dame Church of Cape Lihou at Granville!

And continuing my search for the other France as if more than Paris; I come back to you to my neighbor Normandy and a very nice old town with superb views over the bay of Mont Saint Michel.

I like to tell you about a small Church but very nice with great views that been off the beaten path is one of the gems to be visited. Oh yes in Granville, dept 50.

The Notre-Dame Church of Cape Lihou or  église Notre-Dame du Cap Lihou is in Granville, dept 50 of the Manche in the region of Normandy. I am surprise not to find more on this wonderful small Church overlooking the town from the upper town or haute ville of Granville. This is a wonderful walk , beautiful sights from it, and a very nice Church. Worth the walk, I say.


As you might know, Granville, is on the peninsula across from that other monument of Normandy,France and the World, Mont Saint Michel (see my posts on it). From Paris best by car on the A13 direction Rouen continue until Caen and there continue on the A84 until reach the town of Villedieu-les-Poêles and here take the D924 direction Granville.right by the harbor continue follow direction Notre Dame du Cap Lihou.to it at Place du parvis Notre Dame.


A bit of history

A first chapel was built in granite in the 12C on Cape Lihou, after, according to legend, sailors found in 1113 a statue of the Virgin in their nets. It was then decided to name Our Lady of Cape Lihou. This makes it the oldest place of worship in Normandy.  After taking possession of Cape Lihou by the British, they began in 1440, at the same time as they raised the fortress, a Church whose granite was brought from Chausey 16km away  by Gabare boats, taking 3 centuries of construction.. From this period, dates the Tour du Clocher or tower of the steeple and the bays between the transept and chorus.  The construction of the choir began in 1628 and ended in 1641, the year of the building of the ambulatory. The large nave is erected between 1643 and 1655, the Saint-Clément and Notre-Dame chapels of Cape Lihou are added in 1674 and 1676 respectively. Almost a century later were raised the western façade, in 1767, and the sacristy, in 1771.


The great organ that date from the years 1660-1662. The magnificent buffet and its tribune were built between 1660 and 1668. The console dates from 1899.


Inside you have paintings such as the  L’Assomption de la Vierge (assumption of the Virgin from 1712) inspired by Rubens, and the La Pêche miraculeuse de Bonneville (miraculous fishing or sin) of 1787. The Chapelle Notre-Dame houses a statue of the Virgin in stone of Caen from the 15C. The Chapelle Saint-Clément, lighted by the stained glass windows representing Saint Eloi has a statue of the patron Saint of marines and of the Parish. Famous fashion designer Christian Dior was baptised in this Church in 1908.



Some webpages to help  you plan your trip here are

Churches of the Manche on ND Granville

City of Granville on heritage

Tourist office of Granville on heritage

Official Manche 50 Tourism

Here is a youtube video on the Church that is very nice me think

Enjoy the Church and the views high up at Granville, it is worth the detour off the A84! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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January 12, 2019

Church Saint Maclou, Rouen of course!

Moving right along on this pretty tour of my belle France we arrive at a wonderful town always in my heart. This is one of the first towns I ever visited in France going back to 1990 and it has been a favorite ever since. On a still cold day but bit cloudy and no rain I will bring you back to Rouen, in Seine-Maritime dept 76 of Normandy!

And of course as the title says , I like to tell you a bit more on one of its jewels, the Church of Saint Maclou. The Church of Saint-Maclou  is in city center/ downtown Rouen, and is a marvel of Gothic architecture which we like a lot and always not only visit but walked by there each time in Rouen.

A bit of history and construction I like

The Church of St Maclou is a jewel of flamboyant Gothic art built between 1437 and 1517. It has a west façade in which opens to a rose window.  In front of this façade is a five-bay porch arranged in an arc , surmounted by gables. . The three central bays are home to three gates, two of which are adorned with carved wooden doors, the work of the cabinetmakers of the Renaissance. The main portal is adorned with scenes of the Resurrection of the dead in his covings and a Last Judgement on his eardrum. The porch serves as a support, at the corner of rue Martainville and rue  Damietta, at a fountain (where we always walked by). The plan of the Church has a non-salient transept in relation to the lateral chapels. The Church of Saint-Maclou preserves the Norman tradition of the lantern tower it acts as a steeple. The 83 meters spire that raises up  dates back to the 19C; The ambulatory does not have an axis chapel and the choir has a four-part apse, the characteristic of which is to present a pillar in the axis of the building. The sacristy to the east of the building is a pastiche neo-renaissance, whose marble columns are authentic and come from Italy.


The Interior of the sanctuary is designed to collect the maximum light and is therefore very clear. This is one of the reasons why we note the absence of capitals on the pillars of the nave and the Choir, we also notice the large size of bays that occupy all the space between the spans. The Choir, very renovated, did not recover its beautiful pre-war Baroque woodwork and only a chapel preserved it. The 18C beam of glory separating the choir from the nave has been preserved. One of the chapels south of the ambulatory was not rebuilt after WWII.

Few old stained glass windows have survived and those that can be observed are often mixed with modern elements. Note, however, the 15C Jesse Tree above the north gate, with a Jesse seated according to a habit born in Flanders, and above the south portal, a Crucifixion. On the reverse side of the western façade, there is a renaissance organ, whose qualities both plastic and sound are recognized.

In June 1944, the bombs dropped damaged the arches of the ambulatory and chorus. The steeple or tower-lantern threatens to collapse. Work continued and the Church was partially restored to worship in 1965. The Choir was restored in  2000 and the Lantern Tower inaugurated again in  2007.


Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Rouen on St Maclou Church

Tourist office of Rouen on St Maclou Church

Tourist office of Seine Maritime dept 76 on St Maclou Church

Tourist office of Normandy region on St Maclou Church

There you have it , all layout for you to have great fun visiting this jewel of the Seine Maritime and Normandy.

As a side mention, and just next to it, I like to tell you a bit extra for the Aître de Maclou.

The Aître Saint-Maclou is a former cemetery dating from the 16C, located 186 Rue Martainville. It is one of the few examples of such ossuary surviving in Europe, the Saint-Maclou  cemetery dates back to the black Plague of 1348. As a result of a new plague epidemic in the 16C, it becomes necessary to increase its capacity. The parish then decided to develop galleries surmounted by attics, designed to contain the bones. The construction of the ossuary begins in 1526 by the West Gallery the North and East galleries are built in the following years, they are completed in 1529 and 1533 respectively. It was finally the school of fine Arts which settled there in 1940 after the fire of the Hall of the cloths and welcomed 180 students at its premises, before moving to the summer 2014. Rehabilitation work is on the verge of being hired for a reopening scheduled for 2019.


And now you are set on this area of Rouen, plenty to keep you for half a day and on Rue Martainville there are plenty of quant old shops and restos to add to the fun.

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




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January 12, 2019

My travels in the Morbihan, LXXXI

And on a cold cloudy wintery day in my beloved Morbihan just back from doing my routine and temps at 3C ,let me bring you up to date on my ramblings in my neck of the woods.


nice city town hall of Vannes passing

Today is another round of the gilet jaunes or yellow vests protest that are now in their 9th Saturday. Just trying for more social justice and stopping the plans of an opportunistic President Macron who should not be there but that is another long story. There was more than 100 at the La Fôret area of Auray with police looking at them at a distance so far calm. However , others like in Paris and Bourges not so much. It will continue until we get a new government, period. This is the people, by the people,and for the people democracy power at its best; and France is leading the way again!

We got up early and by 9h we were out ,first to the bank in Auray to do our paperwork routine and found out our best account manager is leaving the bank on February 6th yikes!!! so bad she was the best we had there . We will have a farewell meeting and to meet our account manager on January 26th; it will be emotional I am sure. She was our account manager for 6 years and was tops!


From here we went to EasyCash store for my son to sell his old guitar that actually was hardly ever use! and of course from there to their must stop Micromania for more video games all in Vannes. We parked at place de la République underground parking! 2.50€!


parking République Vannes

We continue onwards to the market as this is the best market in the department on Saturday mornings at Vannes Place du Poids Public and Place des LIces areas. Here we got our usual fruits and cheeses from our favorite vendors of always. We come late for best prices and more talk!





While in the market we went to visit the new Belle Iloise and not having our fish soup available , the counter lady call her other store up the road at the place des Lices where they waited for us open to sale us the fish soup Breton style, simply awesome!


On our way down, we stop at our friendly Nicolas store for some red porto and Bordeaux wines  which were on sale as this is winter sales days in France!


inside Nicolas at Vannes


Ramos Pinto Porto red reserve collector at Nicolas

once done, I got around those round points or traffic circles to avoid the yellow vests folks and come to our hypermarket E Leclerc in Vannes for the rest of our groceries. This is in Vannes but over the expressway N165. We took some time here as the boys were a bit slow in shopping lol! habits of the mother…. We finally finished and came back to relax and let this hectic day of protesting ease on down.


kiceo bus ln 6 at rue thiers vannes

We settled in our lovely home of Pluvigner in our beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of the gorgeous region of Brittany. You all have a wonderful weekend!

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





January 12, 2019

St Stephen’s Cathedral at Metz!

And I have gone East and find treasures galore of my belle France. We even been here at Christmas time in one of the best markets of France and less known than others. On a sunny cold day in my neck of the woods 0C 32F I will bring you back to a colder region.

I would like to tell you about the Cathédrale Saint Etienne de Metz or St Stephen’s Cathedral of Metz.  The Cathedral of Saint-Étienne (St Stephen) in Metz in the department of the Moselle no 57 ,region of the Grand Est. . If its construction spans three centuries, from 1240, the Cathedral presents a beautiful homogeneity of style since the stylistic criteria were respected in each construction campaign. The Cathedral of Metz is not only the Cathedral of France having the largest glazed surface, nearly 6 500 m2, but also the one that presents the largest Gothic glass windows in Europe. It is colloquially dubbed the “lantern of the Good God”. Even though it is one of the ten most visited Cathedrals in France it does not have the recognition of many still. Its vault, which culminates 41 meters above the ground at the nave level, also makes the Cathedral of Saint Stephen of  Metz one of the highest cathedrals in France.


A bit of history I like

At the beginning of the 5C, Saint Etienne (Saint Stephen) was popular and was celebrated throughout the empire. The rise of the cult of the first martyr Stephen in the West follows the invention of relics of the Saint in Jerusalem  by 415. Old Gaulish city, Metz became the seat of a bishopric in the 3C; written around 576, a sanctuary dedicated to Étienne (Oratorium beati Stephani), which was at the present location of the Cathedral, was the only monument spared by the Huns during the sack of the city in  451. The Oratory of St. Stephen is in the Divine graces and then becomes very popular. We’re talking about miracles. It welcomes the seat of the bishop and becomes, in a way, the first Cathedral of Metz, inside it. It can be assumed that the sanctuary of St. Stephen was relatively recent during the sack of Metz by Attila the Hun.

Between 965 and 984, Bishop Thierry I undertook to rebuild the primitive sanctuary with the financial assistance of Emperors Otto I and Otto II. The new cathedral, or basilica because of its plan, was completed under his successor Thierry II and consecrated by him in 1040 in the presence of Bishop Gérard I of Cambrai. The nave, flanked by low-sided, about 20 meters high, opened on a protruding transept of the same height, 42 meters long, for 12 meters wide. Two bedside towers were erected on either side of the central apse, and chapels overlooking the transept adjoined them. Only the construction of the facade is unknown to us, the presence of a porch tower is envisaged however for its popularity in the Ottonian buildings. The parallel reconstruction of the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame-la-Ronde and the Cathedral begins around 1240 or probably as early as 1235. In the second half of the 14C, the daring construction of the vaults was 42 meters from the ground. The construction will be spread over three centuries to finish at 1525.

The construction of the present Cathedral was perhaps desired by Bishop Conrad of Scharfenberg, at the same time as the cathedrals of Reims (1207) and the nearby Cathedral of Toul (1210-1220), Le Mans (1217), and Amiens (1221). Only the nave Ottonian was destroyed at that time, up to the level of the foundations, the bedside and the transept, as well as Notre Dame-la-Ronde, being spared. From this first construction campaign date the lower parts of the walls of the nave and the bases of the arcade supports. In 1356, Emperor Charles IV came to Metz to promulgate the Golden bull and was received in Metz Cathedral. This first construction campaign ends with the vaulting of the nave, between 1360 and 1380. The height of its vaults 42 meters, places the Cathedral of Metz behind that of Beauvais (48 m before collapse), and that of Amiens (42.3 m) in the race to the Gothic records.


Undertaken in 1762, the layout of the Place d’Armes, the Place de Chambre and the Place du Marché exudes the medieval urban fabric on three sides around the Cathedral. The building of the town hall, side Place d’Armes, and the palace of the Bishops of Metz (today, the covered market), side place du Marché and  Place de Chambre contributes to constitute an architectural ensemble dominated by the work of the Masons of the Middle Ages. On this occasion, and in the interests of harmonization of this urban ensemble, it was  built on the three sides of the Cathedral thus cleared, a classicists envelope and in particular, a sober and majestic main portal (side Place du Marché , it will be Replaced by a neo-Gothic portal in 1904)

From 1871 to 1918, Alsace-Moselle was an integral part of the German Empire with the status of Empire territory. The last additions whose style disagrees with the romantic ideal of the time, are destroyed in 1898, to make way for a portal of Gothic style inaugurated in 1903 by the Emperor William II;  from 1908 to 1919 the interior of the cathedral was restored and furnished.


Something unique from my dear late wife Martine, town of Meaux (77), the Eagle of Meaux was here too.

In 1642, Jacques-Benign Bossuet became, at the age of thirteen, canon of the Cathedral thanks to the interpersonal skills of his father, magistrate of the city. It was in Metz Cathedral in 1652, that he pronounced his first sermon. It is still in Metz, without any certainty that he was pronounced in the Cathedral, which he gives, in 1655, his first funeral eulogy for Yolande de Monterby, Abbess of Petit Clairvaux in Metz. In 1657, he preached a panegyric of St. Teresa, before Queen Anne of Austria, after which he was appointed an extraordinary adviser and preacher of the king.. From there he split his time between Metz and the court, in Paris and Versailles.

A bit on the construction style

The Cathedral of Metz has the peculiarity of not having a harmonious façade  in the manner of the other great Gothic cathedrals of France. It is thanks to this singular façade that was possible the realization of the large canopy. So the cathedral has only one gate on its main façade. The first three bays of the nave of the cathedral are those of Notre-Dame-la-Ronde whose axis is perpendicular to that of Saint-Étienne and the attentive visitor will note, according to Gothic architectural canons, the main portal of this church in North of the second Bay, its apse and its high altar to the south of the second span, while the first and third spans serve as aisles to this curious Church in the Church (ND Ronde). The other Church (Notre-Dame-la-Ronde), included the rest of the surface of the Cathedral, its choir and transept had been preserved until 1440, its nave had been destroyed at the beginning of the construction of the Cathedral in the 13C. You can still admire the crypt of the Ottonian building, under the Cathedral choir. The tower of the Mutte which served as a municipal belfry rises to  80 meters in height, the top of the arrow reaching 93 meters.


In 1412, it was decided to install a bell, on the south tower of the Cathedral, then under construction. The bell named the Mutte as per the Tour de Mutte weighs 11 tons and measures 2.32 meters in diameter. It sounds in F sharp 2. Finally, the last overhaul took place in 1605. The Mutte only sounded in the event of enemy attacks, fires, very big festivals. It rang on the fly for the last time in 1918 during the victory of the French in WWI. However, a work campaign between 2009 and 2015 enabled the Belfry and the bell to be rehabilitated and it could ring again on the fly since 26 June 2015.

The Tour du Châpitre or tower of the chapter, located on the north façade opposite the Mutte tower, rises to 69 meters just above the Saint-Étienne gate. Unlike the Mutte tower, it does not have an arrow. The lower part was built in the 13C and the upper part from 1840 to 1843. A monumental crucifix   measuring 5.20 meters was done in 1894.Inside the tower are five bells including my favorites the Grosse Marie, dating from the 17C, the Catherine, dating from the Renaissance but recast in 1890.

In the south transept, to the left of the great Organ, small blue stained glass windows dating back to the 13C, the oldest of the Cathedral, are six scenes of Saint Paul’s life. They were probably from St. Paul’s Church, which was part of the Cathedral group and was demolished in the 18C. Several 13C roses adorn the last spans of the south and north aisles of the nave. The Rose of the third northern bay of the nave comes from the central stained glass of the choir of Notre-Dame-la-Ronde. Its central medallion is the coronation, angels with clasped hands, bearing crowns or censers occupy the six medallions of the perimeter. The Renaissance organ, restored in 1981, is suspended at mid-height in the nave of the Cathedral. Currently the main organ is located at the bottom of the south transept. The third organ is concealed at the back of the choir, and is visible from behind from the ambulatory.


The Episcopal treasure, which contains remarkable pieces, such as the ivory bishops of the 12C and 13C, the episcopal ring of Saint Arnoul, pieces of goldsmith from the 12C to the 19C. The equestrian statuette known as Charlemagne and kept at the Louvre museum , comes from the treasure of the Cathedral. This gilded bronze statue, dating largely from the 9C, is probably the grandson of Charlemagne, Charles the Bald. Several outstanding manuscripts are also from the Treasury: the Sacramentary of Drogon, the Bible of Charles the Bald, the Psalter of Charles the Bald as well as various precious Khitrovo, including the Gospels of Metz and the Gospels of Drogon.


Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Cathedral of Metz

Official Metz Catholic diocese

Offiical city of Metz on Cathedral

Official tourist office of Lorraine on the Cathedral

In all, a splendid Cathedral that is a must to be seen by all; just alone worth the trip to Metz; and of course ,plenty more there. Hope you enjoy the history of it

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

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January 11, 2019

Saint-François d’Assisi of Le Havre!

One of the highlights of my travels by car in my belle France is that I can go to these places far away and off the beaten path to enjoy them. Le Havre was beaten badly in WWII and has come back reborn, it is worth the detour for its marvels and the port area is tops so does the neighborhood of Saint François where I like to tell you a bit more on the Church of Saint François de Paul now call Saint François d’Assisi. Enjoy the ride.

The Saint-François de Paul Church (known as Saint Francis of Assisi) is one of the oldest buildings in city center/ downtown Le Havre and one of the only survivors. It is located in the district of Saint-François, which was rebuilt in a regionalist style, which contrasts with the other quarters rebuilt  by Auguste Perret. It is a 17C Church  of rather Renaissance style.

A bit of history I like

Before the construction of the current Church, there would have been a Chapel in the Barres district (name of the district at the time), in 1524. King François I wanted to build a Church in this district dedicated to Saint Francis de Paul, a saint whom the King preferred at the time.

The construction of the Church begins in 1542, and in 1638, the Church was consecrated, although the Church was not finished. In 1687, the choir was built. The Church was originally referred to as Saint Francis of Paul, but it was replaced by Saint Francis of Assisi. In fact, this is due to the arrival of the Capuchin in 1590, who settled in the neighbourhood. Today, the Church is known as the Church of St. Francis of Assisi.

le havre

In 1793, the church was is in poor condition due to the French revolution, it had a  degraded roofing and broken stained glass. In 1802, the church was restored and rehabilitated the roof and restoration of the stained glass windows. In 1806, the roofs of the chapels were replaced by a single roof by aisle. After WWII, the church was restored and the sacristy rebuilt: In September 1954, the vaults damaged by the bombardments were completely redone. In 1955 and 1956, the porch and its bell tower are dismantled and restored with the facade refitted in place 1956. Then, all the chapels were rebuilt and, in 1961, new stained glass windows were laid.

A bit on the construction

The Church has a façade surmounted by a modest steeple. The walls of the church are supported by buttresses. The roof of the church forms a transept just behind the steeple; This transept was surmounted by two pinnacles dismantled after the restoration works of the 20C. The walls are pierced with large glass windows. At the back, the chorus is visible outside because its dimensions are less important than those of the nave; The bedside of the church is in the form of a hemicycle and is pierced by two glass windows. The church has only one façade which is in fact a porch of three bays and three entrance doors . The classic porch shows a slight influence of the Ogival style (Gothic). The porch is topped by a Renaissance-style steeple that takes on a Greco-Roman style.

le havre

The Interior of the church consists of a nave in three ships flanked by chapels, which extends into a chorus. The classical style is predominant, although the vaults of the aisles are of medieval styles. The main nave is covered by a plaster cradle that rests on pillars in the form of Doric columns. As for the aisles, they are arched on crossed warheads. The nave consists of four bays, plus another between nave and chorus. The Renaissance-style choir is of a more modest size. The high altar is a recent altar of neo-classical wood type. The choir has stalls and a small organ. At the bottom, in the apse, the altar with the tabernacle is surmounted by a Calvary. On the wall behind the altar there is a tapestry from the Royal Manufactory of Aubusson, offered in 1924 to the Church; Above, you can see a fresco depicting the coronation of the Virgin Mary.

le havre

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are:

Religious Mass at St François

Unesco on the neighborhood of St Francois

Official Le Havre tourist office on heritage

Normandy Tourist office on Le Havre

City of Le Havre on St Francis

There you go another off the beaten path beauty of my belle France. Worth a detour to a city , Le Havre , that deserves more after WWII. Enjoy the tour.

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

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January 11, 2019

église Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc, Rouen of course!

So I am embarking on a pilgrim route on my way to Normandy and I arrive at Seine-Maritime dept 76 in the beautiful old city of Rouen. What would you do? Well I tell you; you head straight to the Place du Vieux Marché and see the Church of Joan of Arc! There you have started well your visit to Rouen!

Not really off the beaten path, but many sidestep it for the grandeurs of the other buildings, however, this one is a must to see. I like to tell you a bit more on the église Jeanne d’Arc of Rouen.

The Church of Joan of Arc or église Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc is in the city center of Rouen, in the Place du vieux Marché. The daring architecture allows to admire the stained glass windows of the choir of the ancient Church of St. Vincent, formerly located at the bottom of rue Jeanne d’Arc and destroyed in 1944 during WWII. Its appearance evokes both a Viking boat and a fish. It was consecrated on April 29, 1979 , and it was inaugurated on 27 May 1979 by Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, President of the French Republic.(France).


A bit of history I like

The Church of St. Joan of Arc of Rouen dates from 1979. Its very modern curvatures rise in the middle of the Place du Vieux Marché, whose redevelopment ended in the same year. Initially on the square, there was a church dedicated to the Holy Savior. It was the parish of Pierre Corneille. It was closed in 1791; It was demolished in 1795 during the French revolution. In the Middle Ages and in modern times, the place was the heart of the city’s food trade. Under the Second Empire, its surface doubled; two large halls were built. Remembered long forgotten, we finally remember that the place du Vieux Marché had been the place of her  torment. After the degradation of WWII, the city decided to set up this vast square  in memory of the maid such as with the construction of a church and a memorial, highlighting the location of the pyre as well as the pillory where we exposed the condemned. Wood-framed houses were even rebuilt.

Before 1944 was, not far from the square, an old church dedicated to Saint Vincent, attested from the 12C. A flamboyant Gothic style, it was one of the richest and most beautiful in Rouen. Its beautiful canopies were dated from the Renaissance. The city made them hide for safety from 1939. Good anticipation: The Allied bombs destroyed the Church in 1944.  The new church roof marries the shape of an overturned ship hull and the nave welcomes thirteen magnificent Renaissance canopies from the old St. Vincent Church. These canopies are an essential step in a visit to the city of Rouen. These thirteen canopies, created in the decade 1520-1530, were in the choir of the ancient Church of St. Vincent. Canopy 9 to 13 illuminated the ambulatory, with the Crucifixion in the central axis. The life of Christ, with four stained glass windows (childhood, Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection), illuminated the chorus. There was added the martyrdom of Saint Vincent, patron of the Church (No. 13).

The other canopies (1 to 8) were distributed in the Chapels. The stained glass windows 2, 3 and 4, relating to Saint Anne and the Virgin-including the sumptuous window of the chariots-adorned the Chapelle Sainte-Anne. Canopy 3, 5 and 6 were made by the famous Le Prince workshop in Beauvais. The other ten are attributed to workshops in Rouen. List of stained glass windows are: (13)

Glass of the life of Saint Peter, 1520-1530; Canopy of Sainte Anne, 1520-1530;  Canopy of the Triumph of the Virgin or stained glass of the Chariots  1515 and carried out towards 1522;  Canopy of the tree of St. Anne, 1520-1530; Canopy of the life of Saint John the Baptist, carried out in 1526; Glass of works of mercy, made in 1520-1530;  Canopy of Saint Antoine of Padua, 1520-1530;  Glass of Saints, 1520-1530;  Canopy of Christ’s childhood and public life, 1520-1530;  Glass of Passion, 1520-1530;  Glass of the Crucifixion, 1520-1530, former axial glass of the Church of Saint Vincent;  Canopy of the glorious life of Christ, 1520-1530; and Glass of the Martyr of Saint Vincent, 1520-1530.


Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Rouen on the Church of Joan of Arc

Tourist office of Rouen on the Church of Joan of Arc

Normandy tourist office on the Church of Joan of Arc

There you go another jewel on the map of my belle France and my neighbors the Normans! Do not miss to see this Church in nice quant Rouen.

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

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January 11, 2019

The House museum of Jules Verne in Amiens!

And cruising right along on my belle France, coming from the east to the center north now and another jewel of our territory. I come to you in cold week but possible milder weekends ahead.

I like to go into another beauty in a nice town of Amiens in the Somme dept 80 of the Hauts de France region. I have passed several times and even stop for lunch here, and then we came in and voilà we were impressed by the nice city of Amiens and came back a few times to marvel of its offerings. One of them that we like a lot is the House museum of Jules Verne, enough said right!

The House museum of Jules Verne, located at 2 rue Charles-Dubois in Amiens, is the home in which Jules Verne lived from 1882 to 1900. It now houses a museum that evokes the life, work and public action of the writer, who composed most of his works of more than 30 novels here.



Built from 1845 to 1854 for the local public notary Jean-Baptiste-Gustave Riquier, like the other houses of the district, the “House at the Tower” as it was known was built in red bricks, coated in pink on the street and with clear joints on the courtyard. The lintels, cornices and window supports are of limestone.

The first floor of the house was reserved for the living rooms, which were accessed by the spiral staircase of the tower . The writer’s office was located on the second floor at the corner of the building. In 1882, Jules Verne and his wife, Honorine, settled in this House. They are tenants until 1900. Jules Verne is 54 years old, he is at the top of his glory.



The house in which Jules Verne lived in Amiens from 1882 to 1900, completely renovated since 2006, is one of the most beautiful writers’ houses open to the public in Europe. From the ground floor to the attic, the house evokes through 700 books and objects The personality, the sources of inspiration and the memories of Jules Verne. It contains the authentic atmosphere of a particular hotel in Amiens with its 19C furniture. On four floors, visitors can discover its history and that of its inhabitants, but also the history of the characters born here in the imaginary of a writer whose work still reads today on the whole planet. A real place of memory, the house in the tower allows to plunge into the intimacy and richness of the famous author of “Extraordinary Travels”.


Guided tours in costumes by characters from the work and the life of Jules Verne, family games around the novels of the writer on Sundays, literary evenings and meetings with artists, poets and writers, storytelling shows, theme lectures, the House of Jules Verne in Amiens offers you to enter, as well as in the nine rooms of the house, by so many doors in the literary life of our time.

In 1980, the city of Amiens buys and opens the house to the public, which is then managed by the Jules Verne documentation Center and hosts the association’s Fund. The Jules-Verne international Center,  then developed Jules Verne ‘s house from 2000 to 2010. Since 2011, the house of Jules Verne is administered by the libraries network of Amiens Métropole.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are:

City of Amiens on Jules Verne

Tourist office of Amiens on Jules Verne

Tourist office dept Somme 80 on Jules Verne

Site dedicated to the work of Jules Verne

Maisons d’Ecrivains or Writers’s house site on Jules Verne

I hope you like the tour, Amiens  is a nice city to walk too, and plenty more to see. I have written as usual already in a general sense on the city and now Jules Verne is on the must see list here.

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



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