History of Beauvais
The town of Beauvais or “Caesaromagus” (Cesar’s market) was an important Gallo-Roman town until the middle of the 3rd Century, and is the capital of the Oise Département of Picardy.
The town dates from a time prior to the Roman conquest when Beauvais was the capital of the Gallic Belloveci tribe. When the Romans took the town, they called it Caesaromagus. The town was latter known, by the Romans, as Civitas de Bellovacis and then as Bellovacum.
See the Astronomical Clock at St.-Pierre Cathedral
There is a“mechanical clock”in the North transept . Actually it is an astronomical clock. with over 90,000 parts. There is also one in Strasbourg Cathedral that was rebuilt in1842 on the works of an older simpler one of 1571. This one was built in the 1860’s by a local enginee, A.-L. Verite. It locates the positions of the planets, provides the current time in many cities around the world and acts out a Last Judgement (5 times a day). Nearby stands a simpler 16C clock. Try to inquire and drop by to see the action.
Yes I did it!!
"But I arrived too late to visit inside :-)))))"
Prodiges du gigantesque et du délicat
-Main nave 48m high
-1284 the nave collapsed . . . and later also its 153m high tower
-Distance between pilars: 9m (first attempt); 4,5 (second attempt)
-Its chorus is a masterpiece of the gothic art
-Built to be the symbol of Beauvais' power it turned to be its ruin
-I cannot tell you about the vitrails :-((
Left to right:
Tour du Palais Episcopal, (14th century gate towers) entrance to the Musee departmental de l'Oise located in the old Bishop’s Palace.
Cathedrale Saint-Pierre de Beauvais
- the tallest vaulted Gothic structure in the world and considering the building’s history of erectile dysfunction, it's remarkable that it survived WWII unscathed as the rest of the town was in ruins.
collapse: 1284, choir vaulting
construction: 1500-48, transept
collapse: 1573, 153 meter / 500 foot tower
interior height: > 46 meters / 150 feet
The modern Galerie Nationale de la Tapisserie (1989)
Beauvais was once a center of tapestry weaving
"Rue Carnot, 06:21 foggy"
The fog added a mood to the street during my morning cigarette and later put me into a mood when it caused my flight to Malta to be cancelled.
The Beauvais Tille Airport is a hub for discount airlines Ryanair, Wizzair & Blue Air serving Paris. There is frequent bus service (about 15 € cash / 1 hour 15 minutes) to and from the Paris Metro, Porte Maillot and the small airport outside Beauvais.
(* For some reason in 2008 the Ryanair clerks would not accept cash from those who exceeded baggage limits and required a credit card to pay the additional fees.)
* Cash for the bus, credit cards for the bags.
"Tour du Palais Episcopal"
a.k.a. Porte du Palais de Justice, Porte du Palais Episcopal, Porte de l’ancien Palais Episcopal
- fortified gate of the bishop’s palace erected after an uprising of the local people
reconstructed: 16th century
- bishop’s palace, later used as a courthouse
siege: 1305, by local people
current use: Musee Departemental de l'Oise
"Rue du 27 Juin"
"Hotel de Ville"
- city hall
"Collegiale Saint Barthelemy de Beauvais"
- last vestige de la Collegiale de Beauvais, a church along the city’s walls that was partially restored in 1958
destroyed: by neglect, fire (1900) and WWII (1940)
"Morts pour la France"
- monument for soldiers from Beauvais who died for France
"Quarteron de Marechaux"
- quartet of marshals
artist: Charles Correia (1930-88)
subjects: Philippe de Hauteclocque (1902-47), Alphonse Juin (1888-1967), Jean de Lattre de Tassigny (1889-1952) & Marie Pierre Koenig (1898-1970)
address: Esplanade de Verdun
"Gare de Beauvais"
- train service to Beauvais began in 1857