Urbis Hotel Moulins

21, cours de Bercy, Moulins, Auvergne, 03000, France
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Travel Tips for Moulins

A country of wines

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The region of Moulins is at the heart many territories of Controlled origin appellations (AOC). Of excellent wines that you will taste with pleasure (and moderation), and that you will bring back at home to make age them in your cellar.

Old houses

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"Bien souvent je revois sous mes paupières closes
La nuit, mon vieux Moulins, bâti de briques roses,
Ses cours tout embaumés par l'odeur du tilleul,
Son vieux pont de granit bâti par mon aïeul"

Théodore de Banville - Stalactites - 1849
" Well often I review under my enclosed lids
The night, my old Moulins, built of pink bricks,
His/her/its courses quite embalmed by the odor of the lime,
His/her/its old bridge of granite built by my ancestor "

Theodore of Banville - Stalactites - 1849

The cathedral Notre-Dame

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Collegiate to the origin, the Cathedral of Moulins (nave, roadside and facade) has been built then from 1852 by architects J.B Lassus Millet, under the impulse of Eminence of Dreux-Breze. These works are going to upset the whole sector, and to provoke the disappearance of the limit is from the Castle: suppression of the bodies of buildings closing the big and the small court. The modern part, neo-Gothic style being like the buildings of the first half of the XIIIth century is achieved in white stones of Chauvigny, alternate with the andésite of Volvic. The old part had, as for it, been constructed with unique materials. Above the balustrades that crown the lateral walls, stand up of singular faces representing some peasant bourbonnais in regional costumes and animals. The inside of the cathedral contains the big Merklin organ (1880) and the famous Triptych of the Mr. of Moulins (about 1500).

Pavillon Anne de Beaujeu

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This pavilion has been built in the XVth century (1497-1503) for duchess Anne of Beaujeu (daugther of king Louis XI). It is the 1st example of a building of style Renaissance Italienne constructed in France. Its facade decorated of a tower-porch, ornament himself of a gallery at arcade where coast themselves kite, thistles, armoiries, belt " Hope ", loving emblems of the Dukes,. This building shelters today the Museum of art and archeology. In 1851, Colonel Laussédat, officer of the Genius, original of Moulins, made the summary of this monument in plan, while using the process of the lucid room. These were the head of the photogrammétrie, technique that permits to reconstitute the shape, the measurements and the position of an object from its perspectives, recorded photographically.

Le grenier à Blé

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Between Limagne and Valley of Allier, in a country bocager and hilly, Moulins grew on the strands to ally it, one of the last wild rivers of Europe.
The proximity of the river determined the development of the city whose name evokes the numerous mills established on the banks to ally it.
Chosen in the XVth century by the dukes of Bourbon like capital of their duchy, Moulins benefits, until its uniting with kingdom of France in 1531, of a contribution cultural and artistic of first importance so much in the domain of the painting (triptych of the master of Moulins) that in the one of the architecture (pavilion Anne de Beaujeu where expresses itself since the end of the XVth century the aesthetics of the Renaissance).
The bourgeois home facades and aristocratic hotels to the pink and black brick equipment that form regular faces of rafters and lozenges, give to the city a strong personality.


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