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In the other Rome, also nicknamed "the ringing city" by Rabelais, one could once hear the bells of eight chapters, thirty five monasteries and sixty churches. From 1309 to 1377, the small town of Avignon was turned into the capital of the Papacy. The greatest artists of Italy and other regions came to work on the palace. Among them, Simone Martini came from Siena to create several masterpieces for the cathedral Notre-Dame-des-Doms, including the Madonna and Child and the frescoes of the porch. ...
Published by Francois Hagnere 63 months ago in France | +10 votes | 2 comments
The churches of Saintonge have magnificent portals with the arches divided into three or four voussoirs and covered in innumerable motifs; acanthus leaves, palms, roses, scrolls, cables inspired by Gallo-Roman tradition, embroidery or weaving. The central portal is often flanked by two false bays suggesting the entrance to side-aisles, and the façade has several storeys of decoration, separated by a cornice. The Benedictine Abbaye-aux-Dames in Saintes is the most elegant example of the Romane...
Published by Francois Hagnere 63 months ago in France | +13 votes | 5 comments
Gothic architecture was born in Picardy, perhaps at Morienval, near Crépy-en-Valois, where an unpretentious and somewhat heavy example of the style can be seen in the ambulatory of the Abbey Church of Notre-Dame. Reacting against the Romanesque Style, whose austere purity it sought to replace with a soaring aspiration towards the divine, Gothic architecture took firm root in Picardy, after this modest beginning. With its six cathedrals, the province has an outstanding place in the history of ...
Published by Francois Hagnere 63 months ago in France | +8 votes | 3 comments
The ancient church of Saint-Pierre of Chauvigny, between Poitiers and Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, hangs from the strong walls of a ruined fortress. Several of the distinctive characteristics of the local Romanesque Style are brought together here. The capitals, signed by a certain Godfridus, show an imaginary bestiary that perhaps derives from images brought back by the Crusaders. Around the choir, dragons, a sphinx and birds of prey all plunge the pilgrim into an apocalyptic world. This monster d...
Published by Francois Hagnere 63 months ago in France | +11 votes | 3 comments
The Vanoise National Park provides protection for all the plants and animals threatened with extinction within its 60,000-hectare area: flowers that thrive in an arctic climate; rare birds such as the ptarmigan; and animals threatened or driven from their habitat, by ubiquitous skiers. One such animal is the nimble Alpine ibex. High up in the reserve of wild life, nature and peace, all that can be heard is the song of birds, the murmuring of insects, the sighing of the wind and the splashing o...
Published by Francois Hagnere 63 months ago in France | +7 votes | 5 comments
Grenoble the ancient capital of Dauphiné, has a great reputation for dynamism. It was a pioneer in promoting tourism, and in 1889 became the first French city to create a local tourist board. Towering above Grenoble is the Plateau du Vercors where some 4,000 partisans perished after defying several Nazi divisions. Their heroic stand is today commemorated by a monument on the plateau. Nearby, La Grande Chartreuse is one of the world's most famous monasteries.
Published by Francois Hagnere 63 months ago in France | +9 votes | 7 comments
Franche-Comté, to the south of the Belfort Gap, embraces the greater part of the Jura mountain range. This region, still relatively unspoilt and unaffected by mass tourism, is rich in superb sceneries, fine buildings, and delicious local produce. Water abounds in the Jura. Crystal-clear torrents race downhill through rapids and cascades - of which the Saut du Doubs (Doubs Fall) is one of the best-known - before disappearing underground, only to re-emerge a little further on as innocent stream...
Published by Francois Hagnere 64 months ago in France | +11 votes | 3 comments
The Jura has breathtaking "reculées", these fabulous steephead valleys you will never forget. Victor Hugo described the beautiful city of Besançon as "an old Spanish town", alluding to the historic Spanish influence in Franche-Comté. In Arc-et-Senans, the Utopian architect Claude Nicolas Ledoux set out to build his ideal city in the 18th century. The factory buildings he erected for the royal salt works were to be the starting point for a model city which would have been the setting for...
Published by Francois Hagnere 64 months ago in France | +13 votes | 8 comments
The Basque Country is criss-crossed by a network of hospices and priories built to assist the pilgrims to cross the Pyrenees. These were by no means wealthy abbeys, but rather a crowd of chapels and priories. Three of the four main pilgrimage routes to Compostela converged on Ostabat, and the region was not able to escape the great architectural drive that was inspired by Cluny and the Monastic Orders. It was from Navarre that the Crusade was launched in the 11th century to reconquer Spain.
Published by Francois Hagnere 64 months ago in France | +14 votes | 4 comments
The existing church was built in the 11th century. The long nave, with its nine bays, and the radiating chapels tell of the success of this Benedictine monastery. Saint-Savin Church is full of bold architectural innovations, but it is best known for housing the most complete collection of Romanesque paintings in France. The great art historian, Henri Focillon, called it: "The Sistine Chapel of the Poitou".
Published by Francois Hagnere 64 months ago in France | +17 votes | 3 comments
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