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    Château de Fougères

    by himalia11 Updated Nov 16, 2014

    Fougères Castle was built in the 12th century. It's one of the castles along the border to Normandy, which you can learn in the film in the entrance building. The film also gives more information about the history of Fougères castle and about the other castles along the border. It was in French but even without understanding much French it was interesting!
    The castle is impressive, partly ruined but well restored. You can get a free audio guide in various languages and there are some kind of "sound & vision shows" in some of the towers but we found them rather weird, and there mostly were only few and very cold seats. But there was enough to see besides that as the castle is pretty large, even having three courts. You can walk on the walls and climb several of the towers, the view from there was really great!

    Admission 2014: Adults 8,-, children 5,-.

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    Château de Fougères

    by grayfo Updated Nov 7, 2014

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    The Château de Fougères is a castle that was built in the 10th century, rebuilt in stone in the 12th, strengthened with granite in the 13th, and finally was partially demolished by Richelieu in the 14th century. The castle, which is situated in the lower part of the town, directly overlooking the River Nancon, still gives abundant evidence in its 13 towers and outworks of its former strength and magnificence. The finest of the towers was erected in 1242 by Hugues of Lusignan, and named after Mlusine, the mythical foundress of the family.

    May to September: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
    October to April: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm

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    July 1990

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    Church of Saint-Leonard

    by grayfo Updated Oct 31, 2014

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    Saint-Leonard Church is positioned on top of a rocky outcrop that overlooks the valley, to admire the view fully a climb to the top of the bell tower is a must. Around the base of the church to the rear is a pretty public garden The church underwent many modifications between the 12th and 17th centuries. It was enlarged yet again during the 19th century. The northern façade is decorated with balustrades and curious gargoyles. The rose window over the door is a copy of the one in the Sainte Chapelle.

    Monday to Friday: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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    July 1990

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    Church Saint Sulpice,interior, Fougéres

    by gwened Written Aug 28, 2014

    This was our first building we saw and we compare all others to it, still the best in town. You reach it by taking the road behind the castle coming from parking Poterne or Château at the street, Enclos Etienne de Fougères. The Church of Saint Sulpice founded in the 11C .

    Taking a quotes from the tourist office who always explained it better, this is the take, rebuilt in the 15C and 16C in a flamboyant Gothic style, completed for the choir in the 18C, St Sulpice church is one of the richest in Brittany.

    Inside, you will discover the nave preening hull overturned boat, the choir in style rocaille of 18C woodwork Louis XV, the medieval altarpieces in granite, the stained glass of the 16C, works by the master glassmaker fougerais Pierre Symon.

    On the left of the nave, the altarpiece dedicated to Notre Dame des Marais is one of the rare medieval altarpieces in granite kept in Brittany, with one of the tanners lying in the mortuary chapel.

    Outside, the sculptures strike by the imagination of their inspiration. You will find the so-called Gargoyle “the satyr” and the sculpture of the fairy Melusine above the South door of the Church.

    wonderful indeed

    Church Saint Sulpice Altar the baptismal chapel chapel of St Sulpice right side chapel left side of altar nave of Saint Sulpice
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    Church of Saint Sulpice,exterior, Fougéres

    by gwened Written Aug 28, 2014

    This is to me the best in Fougéres, old, well kept ,historical and you past the wonderful Church of Saint Sulpice, at the street, Enclos Etienne de Fougères, founded in the 11C at the foot of the castle, practically.

    Taking a quotes from the tourist office who always explained it better, this is the take, rebuilt in the 15C and 16C in a flamboyant Gothic style, completed for the choir in the 18C, St Sulpice church is one of the richest in Brittany.

    Inside, you will discover the nave preening hull overturned boat, the choir in style rocaille of 18C woodwork Louis XV, the medieval altarpieces in granite, the stained glass of the 16C, works by the master glassmaker fougerais Pierre Symon. On the left of the nave, the altarpiece dedicated to Notre Dame des Marais is one of the rare medieval altarpieces in granite kept in Brittany, with one of the tanners lying in the mortuary chapel.

    Outside, the sculptures strike by the imagination of their inspiration. You will find the so-called Gargoyle “the satyr” and the sculpture of the fairy Melusine above the South door of the Church.

    Enjoy the photos.

    Church Saint Sulpice view from back of Castle, Saint Sulpice back of Church Saint Sulpice side back of ch Saint Sulpice
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    Chateau fortress of Fougéres

    by gwened Written Aug 28, 2014

    This is a highlight of coming of Fougéres for many. It is the largest medieval fortified castle in Europe. We walk all around it and then got in by the Rue de la Pinterie entrance.

    Some of the basic info, updates on the webpage of the castle. Dates are May;June, September 10-19h except Mondays ,july and august 10-19h all days, October to April 10-12h and 14-17h30, except Mondays.Closed Jan 1, May 1, as well as the annual closing in month of January. Admission is 8€ adults there is a family rate of 20€, children Under 6 are free. There is a bookstore that also serves as the ticket counter . audioguides are available as well as a children trail with Mélusin and Mélusa characters and puzzle books.

    And then the Castle from the 10C. You go by the boutique store for the tickets then continue into the St Hilaire tower, into the enceinte or central square of the castle where you can look up all the towers such as Guédameuc, Coigny, Guilbé, Gobelins,Poterne,Mélusine, Surienne, Raoul,Cadran to come back out again. Between the Poterne and Gobelins towers you can see the old ruins of the keep with traces of the original wooden castle from 1166AD.

    Inside the most interesting towers are Mélusine, showing how the castle was built, Surienne, life in the castle, and Raoul, the power of Brittany with coronation of the Duke Francis II.

    Its a treat to be able to still come into these castle fortress of old, and the whole family will enjoy from kids to history amateurs.

    Gu��madeuc and Coigny towers to entrance M��lusine andn Surienne towers back the back Poterne with M��lusine and Gobelins towers the left side walls of castle with Cadran tower entrance and boutique of castle
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    Church Saint Leonard, interior,Fougéres

    by gwened Written Aug 28, 2014

    This is a wonderful Church Inside with gorgeous chapels and a nice history of Fougéres. easily done in by Rue Nationale next to the Hôtel de Ville or city govt building. see the exterior tip photos.

    again from tourist office guides this is it.
    Founded in the 12C, rebuilt in the 15C and 16C, the Church was disoriented and enlarged in the 19C and with a portal and a rosette of six meters in diameter from flamboyant Gothic style.

    Outside, admire the North facade with balusters and strange gargoyles. The South chapel contains the oldest stained glass (12C) of Brittany and which comes from the Abbey of Saint-Denis near Paris and the assumption an array of Achille Dévéria in 1835. The North Chapel holds an array of Eugène Dévéria (19C). Deveria brothers were friends of Victor Hugo.

    During the high season, visitors have access to the Bell Tower of the Church where they discover an incredible panorama on ferns, its monuments and the surrounding countryside.

    The mortuary chapel of the Church houses the oldest stained-glass window preserved in Brittany: the medallion of St. Benedict. Donated by a parishioner after the Revolution, he comes from the Abbey of Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis) and illustrates the history of Saint-Benoît. Left of stained glass, he returned to the monastery where the Abbot hands him his coat of monk; right, a priest visits him. Above, a Jerusalem cross fragment, incomplete, recalls that a jacket was placed under the feet of the donkey.

    Wonderful indeed.

    Church Saint Leonard Altar Chapel of the resurrection Chapel by left nave side chapel by right nave side chapel of the virgin
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    Church of Saint Léonard,exterior, Fougéres

    by gwened Written Aug 28, 2014

    This is wonderful Church, on the upper city you can go by the Hotel de Ville at end of Rue Nationale, but we took it from rue des trois vallées below city and climb our way thru the jardin public to it, just a great trail.

    better to tell you what the experts describe in the tourist office, I am just marvelled at the chapels and decoration Inside and a robust building outside.

    Founded in the 12C, rebuilt in the 15C and 16C, the Church was disoriented and enlarged in the 19C and with a portal and a rosette of six meters in diameter from flamboyant Gothic style.

    Outside, admire the North facade with balusters and strange gargoyles. The South chapel contains the oldest stained glass (12C) of Brittany and which comes from the Abbey of Saint-Denis near Paris and the assumption an array of Achille Dévéria in 1835. The North Chapel holds an array of Eugène Dévéria (19C). Deveria brothers were friends of Victor Hugo.

    During the high season, visitors have access to the Bell Tower of the Church where they discover an incredible panorama on ferns, its monuments and the surrounding countryside.

    The mortuary chapel of the Church houses the oldest stained-glass window preserved in Brittany: the medallion of St. Benedict. Donated by a parishioner after the Revolution, he comes from the Abbey of Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis) and illustrates the history of Saint-Benoît. Left of stained glass, he returned to the monastery where the Abbot hands him his coat of monk; right, a priest visits him. Above, a Jerusalem cross fragment, incomplete, recalls that a jacket was placed under the feet of the donkey.

    Wonderful indeed.

    Church Saint Leonard side back of ch Saint Leonard up from public garden to ch St Leonard side bell tower of ch Saint Leonard
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    Jardin Public or public garden

    by gwened Written Aug 27, 2014

    This is one to see and climb and walk all over, it is wonderful, I was taken more by it than the castle!
    the views from here are awesome and the gardens are full with statues, Stream, trails and more interesting trails that go up and up to the very top of a hill.

    You can go from the castle area in lower town to the Church Saint Léonard in the upper town with great views and there are benches and steep trails with no steps.

    you can go to it by the Hôtel de Ville and down but we took from the bottom behind the castle up from place du marchix.

    Balzac invited by Victor Hugo inspired to write his work Les Chouans (the farmer anti revolutionaries of Brittany), and it is free admission open all day.

    right next parallel to the park in its lower section you have the Val Nancon as well.
    http://www.ot-fougeres.fr/accueil/decouverte_de_fougeres_et_son_pays/carte_de_fougeres/le_val_nancon

    our entrance ot Jardin Public got to top and see garden valley and city the top garden with city view trails going up along the rock on garden public the stream downway we kept up
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    Musée Emmanuel de la Villéon

    by gwened Written Aug 27, 2014

    small intimate museum but for the last painters of the Impressionists movement it is Worth it. We came back in the pm.

    It has paintings from Emmanuel de la Villéon, painting about his Brittany and the valleys and coast very nice indeed and last renovated in 2012.

    housed in the last wooden house of the 17C in town with about 30 portraits of the artist, born in Fougéres in 1858 and one of the last impressionist painters. He painted Brittany but also love to travel and painted his destinations.

    The best time to see it is now in summers, June, July, August, Septemer from 14h to 19h Tuesdays to Sundays. admission is only 2 euros free for Under 18.

    this is the city of Fougéres on it in French
    http://www.mairie-fougeres.fr/dossier/foug%A8res-et-son-histoire
    nice

    Museum Emmanuel de la Vill��on arriving at Emmanuel de la Vill��on
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    FOUGERES CASTLE

    by balhannah Updated Nov 5, 2011

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    WOW! This Castle has impressive walls is what I thought when I first saw it.

    The castle is Europe's largest fortress.

    The castle was first built just after 1000 AD in this part of the Nançon river valley to defend the frontiers of Brittany from Norman invasion. The castle was built on a rocky headland emerging from a marsh, sheltered by hills, and had a moat surrounding it.

    It was the first, 11th century feudal keep and it was built in wood.
    With 13 towers and enclosing five acres, it was situated where the borders of three separate kingdoms met. It was a major & favourable trading post, but how ever, because of this, the Castle was attacked and destroyed several times. The whole town was completely destroyed by an English army under King Henry II in 1166.

    The oldest parts are from the 12th century. Destroyed during the 12th century, the fortification was immediately rebuilt in stone on the original site. Over the next 400years, it was continually being improved. The walls are unbelievably thick -10 foot thick! They are thought to be the most masssive in Europe!
    This is a true Castle in my eyes!

    Open October – March (Except January) 10 a.m. – midday & 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    1st April – 15th June 9:30 a.m. – midday & 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    15th June – 15th September 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

    CIRCUITS...............
    1] Is within the forts three towers, each representing a different era.
    2] Explores the exterior of the fort.

    Free audio guides are available along with special children's audio guides. Escorted guided tours can also be booked.

    Facilities include parking and toilets.

    OPEN.....

    May, June and September
    Open 10.00am shut 1.00pm and open 2.00pm shut 7.00pm - everyday apart from Monday

    July and August
    Open 10,00am shut 7.00pm - daily

    October, November, December, February, March and April
    Open 10.00am shut 12.30pm and open 2.00pm shut 5.30pm - everyday apart from Monday

    ADMISSION IN 2011
    Adults 7,50 €
    Children (6 years +) 4,50 €

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    VIEWS FROM CHURCH OF ST. LEONARD

    by balhannah Written Aug 30, 2011

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    A MUST DO, when visiting the Church, is to wander around the back to where the balustrades are.

    From here, there are fantastic views over the old part of the city and the gardens.
    You can see the Castle and all the ramparts from here.

    Pity I was facing the sun, the photo's aren't the best.

    View from behind the church View of Fougeres castle Looking down to the
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    VAL NANCON GARDENS & CITY PARK

    by balhannah Updated Aug 30, 2011

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    From the Place aux abres which is a public garden giving a terrific view of the castle of Fougeres and the medieval town way down below the gardens, there is a footpath which starts here and goes down to the medieval quarter below. The cliff has been terraced and gardened along the way and so it is a lovely walk to do.
    Along the way is a sculpture symbolizing peace and understanding between cultures of the world.
    The terraced public gardens are very nicely laid out and are a place to sit and enjoy the wonderful views of the medieval part of the town and the Castle.

    Walk down the hill is best for the unfit and elderly!

    My photo isn't much because of looking directly into the sun.

    The public gardens
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    CHURCH OF ST. LEONARD

    by balhannah Updated Aug 30, 2011

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    High on the hill is the Church of Saint Leonard, the second oldest Church in Fougeres. It has been modified many times between the 12th and the 17th centuries, including being enlarged in the 19th century.
    The northern facade is decorated with balustrades and wonderful gargoyles, so don't forget to look up, I'm glad I did! The church belfry which was built in 1397 is only open in high season when it can be visited.

    Gagoyles on St. Leonards Church St. Leonards St. Leonards St Leonards
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    TROMPE L'OEIL [Optical Illusion]

    by balhannah Updated Aug 30, 2011

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    What an amazing sight was coming around a round-about at the bottom of Rue du Tribunal and seeing this giantic mural on the side of the building. It was so life like!

    The mural shows the architecture of Fougeres, including the glass roofs in place Jean Guehenno, the half-timbered house with a porch can be seen in reality in rue Nationale, the decoration on the fountain was copied from the decoration of one of the windows of the town hall, the landscape at the top of the scene is taken from a painting by 'manuel de la Villeon.
    Very well done, and looks real!

    There are more of these around Fougeres, the tourist office can tell you where, or check out the map website

    TROMPE L'OEIL
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