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The 14th century saw the end of the tranquility in the region of Thierache. The Hundred Years War ravaged the plain and Flanders made some lethal incursions into Picardy. After the soldiers, came bands of robbers, deserters and rebels who took advantage of the disorder to seize castles and hold travellers to ransom. So the villages turned their churches into strongholds.
Published by Francois Hagnere 65 months ago in France | +21 votes | 6 comments
Discover the sumptuous coastal towns of Picardy's Opal Coast with fabulous sceneries. The climate is cool but bracing, and so rich in ozone that French doctors often recommend a stay here as a rest-cure for both children and adults. The Bay of Somme houses an important harbour seals rookery. Further north, along the pine-fringed sandy coast, between the river Canche and the Cap d'Alprech are the lovely resorts of Sainte-Cécile, Equihen-Plage and Hardelot, where the Boulonnais cliffs begin.
Published by Francois Hagnere 66 months ago in France | +13 votes | 6 comments
The Benedictine Abbey of Saint Foy in Conques was built from 1040 by Abbot Oldoric on the location where Dadon founded his hermitage in 819. The Christ in Majesty of the tympanum is famous and the Treasure Room contains magnificent Carolingian pieces, namely the precious reliquary-statue of Saint-Foy. The Abbey was listed a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1998.
Published by Francois Hagnere 66 months ago in France | +15 votes | 3 comments
Discover the beauty of this French coast that does deserve its name. The Coast of Beauty also has a number of small beaches, some, beaten by the violent breakers of the Atlantic Ocean, others well sheltered and surrounded by forests. The historic cities, such as La Rochelle, Rochefort or Brouage and the famous Ile d'Oléron and Ile de Ré are a must-see.
Published by Francois Hagnere 66 months ago in France | +15 votes | 4 comments
A beautiful Romanesque statue of the Virgin and Child on her knee was found here at Orcival, in the magnificent Region of Auvergne. The legend says it was sculpted by Saint-Luke. A sanctuary was built on the spot of the discovery. As you will read, the Statue of the Virgin liked to move.
Published by Francois Hagnere 66 months ago in France | +8 votes | 2 comments
Where did the artists come from who made this masterpiece? What models did they follow? The relationship between this and the façade of Saint-Denis has often been emphasised, with the help of drawings that have survived the mutilation. The scenes of the Last Judgement at Chartres and at Saint-Denis closely resemble those of Beaulieu and Moissac; the same composition , the same poses, with the same folded legs.
Published by Francois Hagnere 66 months ago in France | +12 votes | 3 comments
The magnificent Church of Brou is located sixty six kilometers North-East of Lyon. It was built in the astonishing Flamboyant Gothic Style of the 16th century. The tombs of Marguerite of Austria and her husband Philibert II are very finely carved and the whole church is a lesson of Art History on this period.
Published by Francois Hagnere 66 months ago in France | +12 votes | 5 comments
Charleville-Mézières is an original and novating example of 17th century town planning compared with the other creations of the time. It is not a city straight as a bowstring with a symmetrical grid plan, nor a fortress-city. Six squares defined six sectors: The Place Ducale in the centre with on the West side, the palace and on the other three sides, the pavilions we can still see today. The famous poet Arthur Rimbaud was born here, a visit to his museum is a must.
Published by Francois Hagnere 67 months ago in France | +16 votes | 13 comments
The Chapel Sainte-Foy, see of the Confraternity of White Penitents in Montpellier, was rebuilt between 1623 and 1626. The interest of the edifice lies in the inner decoration of the sanctuary, a unique example in Montpellier of post-Tridentine Art. It has an important and rare panelled ceiling of the 17th century. The walls were adorned with gilt wainscots. The putti and medallions were painted by Antoine Ranc at the same period.
Published by Francois Hagnere 67 months ago in France | +12 votes | 5 comments
Around 1900, it was here that Picasso painted his Demoiselles d'Avignon and, with Van Dongen, Braque and Juan Gris, introduced the world to Cubism. Toulouse-Lautrec immortalized the spirit of the era in paintings of countless cabarets, circuses, danse halls, cafés and restaurants. The observant visitor will recapture in Montmartre the charm of this by-gone era.
Published by Francois Hagnere 68 months ago in France | +13 votes | 12 comments
The Church Saint-Louis des Invalides contains a magnificent organ on which Berlioz's Requiem was first played. It also hosts Napoleon I's Tomb. On the Place du Trocadéro and from the Palais de Chaillot (Museum of French Monuments, presenting real-size replicas of France's famous monuments), you will discover one of the most superb views in Paris with the Eiffel Tower.
Published by Francois Hagnere 68 months ago in France | +8 votes | 4 comments
Although the design of the Centre Pompidou is still quite controversial even today, no one would deny the success of the Centre in terms of tourists attraction. It is one of the most visited site in France. The vast parvis with its musicians, acrobats and strolling vendors brings to life the jugglers and street performers of the Middle Ages, while the Centre Pompidou itself is devoted to ultramodern cultural activities.
Published by Francois Hagnere 68 months ago in France | +10 votes | 7 comments
Today, four centuries later, the design of the Place des Vosges is still perfectly adapted to the elegant lifestyle of the square, with its numerous antique shops, bookshops, cafés and restaurants. The history of each building is associated with generations of celebrities and great aristocratic families of France. The Marais where can be found so many sumptuous mansions has become the hub of the gay community in Paris and also hosts an important Jewish community.
Published by Francois Hagnere 68 months ago in France | +5 votes | 2 comments
Lying around the Panthéon and the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, the Latin Quarter is one of the oldest part of Paris. The world-known Sorbonne University is in this area, with many historical buildings such as the Palace of the Luxembourg, housing the Senate of the French Republic, and the famous Cluny Museum. Chic cafés are also found on the Boulevards of the Latin Quarter.
Published by Francois Hagnere 68 months ago in France | +8 votes | 9 comments
The charming aristocratic Ile Saint-Louis, is like a small urban jewel, casting scintillating images into the Seine River and is studded with elegant 17th mansions, just like a necklace of so many architectural pearls. The Ile de la Cîté is both the geographical and historical heart of the French Capital. Distances to and from Paris are measured from Notre-Dame Cathedral,
Published by Francois Hagnere 68 months ago in France | +9 votes | 5 comments
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