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    Musée des arts décoratifs Bourges

    by gwened Written Dec 12, 2013

    another wonderful mansion that a museum was created in Bourges. Hotel Lallemant

    On entering the courtyard, notice the magnificent façade adorned with medallions in terracotta depicting Roman emperors; It shows the keen interest that caused the antiquity and the Italy at the time of its realization. The whole building brings also a whole decorative deriving from the Italian Renaissance. Thus note the rectangular reliefs on the walls whose candelabra decoration is representative of this period.
    An inclined ramp adorned with a barrel vault then allows you access to the inner court, among other characterized by a turret in Italian. Note the spiral staircase located in this passage that allows access to the floors of the building. The corps de logis has him architectural and decorative several periods of elements. Thus, compartments windows and arcades are from the 15th century. The 16th century is illustrated in the doors of the access corridors and in the frame of apertures. Also note the circular pediment, the entablature and the magnificent frescoes dating back to the 17th century.

    At the interior
    The different parts of the Museum welcome decorative ensembles representing the lifestyle and works of art from the 16th to the 18th century. The spiral staircase leads you in the dining room of winter you discover a series of furniture, paintings and tapestries dating from the 17th century. Note that the Museum comprises a beautiful series of paintings by the painter berruyer Jean Boucher (1575-1633). Also note the triptych of the end of the 15th century and the beautiful collection of ivories.
    You then go to the lower house where furniture, paintings and various objects from the 16th and 17th centuries are exposed. Stop before the lovely seats and Office Gradin in marquetry, perfect illustration of the furniture of the time.

    In the salon rouge, you find tables and furniture dating from the 17th century. In this piece, you can admire a beautiful cabinet in ebony veneer, furnished rare because there are currently only about fifteen, made in Paris in the first half of the 17th century. Locate a glass Cabinet in which a cabinet of curiosity is mentioned also in this piece.
    The tour continues in the salon bleu room where a series of works by Jean Boucher as well as two tables from the era is presented Louis XIV. Also admire two female busts and the table "Saturn vanquished by love," remarkable works of the artist Simon Vouet (1590-1649). At the bottom of the piece, note the décor of floral marquetry Cabinet as well as an office of the same style. They are both from the 17th century but have been modified in the 19th. Finally, don't miss "The Virgin and the child", table of round shape attributed to the great painter Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665).

    Take the stairs to access the living room Louis XV, also called upper House. In this piece, you can admire several paintings of the 18th century, including "Suzanne and one of elders" François LeMoyne (1688-1737), as well as "Family meal" of Jean-Baptiste Lambrechts (1680-died after 1731).
    A called room wardrobe then allows you to discover showcases miniature furniture and objets d'art.
    On the top floor, the room of toys presents a series of games and toys: dolls, dinette, puppets that will give you an overview concerning the history of the toy.

    Don't miss the oratory on the floor above the inclined ramp. Looking up, you can admire the magnificent coffered ceiling. A new room dedicated to classical painting opened in October 2007. Twenty French, Italian and Nordic works from the 17th and 18th centuries are present.

    another magical museum in Bourges

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    Musée du Berry

    by gwened Written Dec 12, 2013

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    In the capital city of old Berry region, Bourges lies of course its museum. The collection for the origin of the museum was founded in 1834 by Claude-Denis Mater. It was housed first on a part of the Palais Jacques-Cœur ,then on the today call Hôtel d'Angleterre, rue Jacques Cœur,and later transfer from 1891 to the mansion hôtel Cujas. It is in 1912 that it finally takes the name of museum or Musée du Berry.

    Consisting originally of currencies and works of art, the collection of the Musée du Berry has gradually been enriched in these disciplines, as well as in the fields of archaeology and medieval history.

    It was not until 1950 that a genuine regional ethnographic background is created. Currently, the ground floor is devoted to the archaeological collections of prehistory at the end of the Gallo-Roman time. One of these rooms particularly exposes 220 Gallo-Roman stelae and decorations from the ancient Bourges. Another room brings together a collection of Egyptian funerary objects, including the mummy of Djehdor, dating from the 4th century BC. Also note the protohistoric era Etruscan bronzes, mosaics, murals, glass dishes, cooked and bronzes of the Gallo-Roman land. Another wing is devoted to the arts of Berry: a room exposes the mourners of the tomb of John, Duke of Berry among other medieval works.

    There are also paintings by the painter Jean Boucher (1568-1632), known as Boucher de Bourges. On the first floor, is evoked berrichonne rural life in the 18th and 19th centuries, crafts, folk art of pottery from the Terminal, in particular the Talbot family. In a large Gallery met works by Italian, Dutch (de Witte, Knüpfer) and French painters (Simon Vouet, Mignard, Greuze), with works dating from the 15th to the 19th century. There including an array of François-Étienne Villeret representing the Cathedral of Bourges and its lively square of small characters.

    A small but very nice museum which should be a must while visiting Bourges

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    Visit the Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    by Beausoleil Updated May 27, 2013

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    St. Etienne is one of the outstanding cathedrals in Europe. One of the interesting things to me was that the cathedral does not dominate the Bourges skyline the way Chartres does. We drove into town and were trying to navigate the narrow streets when I looked down one tiny street and realized there was an immense cathedral at the end of the street, an amazing sight.

    You may want binoculars for the stained glass windows which are magnificent.

    We soon found parking (by Hotel de Ville) and found ourselves inside the cathedral. It is difficult to get a photo of the front of the cathedral because it is so close to nearby buildings. However, if you walk around the side, there is a wonderful garden and you can get amazing photos from the garden.

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    Cathedral St. Etienne in Bourges Cathedral St. Etienne Cathedral St. Etienne Stained glass window, St. Etienne Cathedral Entrance to St. Etienne Cathedral
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    Palais Jacques Coeur-Bourges

    by gwened Written Sep 16, 2012

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    wonderful hotel particulier of a native son going rich, born here Jacques Coeur in 1400, name treasurer of the king, Charles VII in 1439, and given a nobility title he starts the construction of this beautiful mansion.
    The wonderful western facade, raise over a gallo roman circle opposing by a great rich ornamentation that facade given to the street. The chapel is decorated with portraits of the owner,his family and the king surrounded by angels, saints, and prophets.
    The palace shows all kinds of comfort such internal communication, circulation of furniture away from private life of the owners etc .

    Open from september, 10:00 -11:30 and 14:00 to 17:15 ,every day and from october to december from 09:30 -11:30 and 14:00 - 16:30, every day, admission is 7,50€

    http://www.ville-bourges.fr/patrimoine/palais-jacques-coeur.php
    info from the city in French
    and from the national monument site of France
    http://palais-jacques-coeur.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

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    Cathedral Saint Etienne de Bourges

    by gwened Written Sep 16, 2012

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    One of the great Cathedrals of France and a must to see, big ,wonderful ,and full of great museums all around it.

    a bit of history, tell us that is it was around 1195AD, that Henri de Sully, archebishop of Bourges, and brother of Eudes de Sully, bishop of Paris made a donation to the chapter of the cathédrale de Bourges. This donation is the starting point for the construction of the new cathedral that was to replace the old romanesque dating from 11-12C , that was deemed too small. The Cathedrale Saint Etienne was consacrated on May 13 1324, and it rest as one of the best example of the gothic architecture.

    a nice translation from the site of the Cathedral itself in English
    http://www.diocese-bourges.org/cathedrale/us/index.htm

    The Cathedral is open and free everdy day from 8h30 to 19h15 in summer, and from 9h to 17h45 in winter.
    more from the national monuments site of France in English
    http://cathedrale-bourges.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

    from gardens back of cathedral of Bourges side of cathedral architecture of huge cathedral entrance to treasury the stained glass along the sides of cathedral
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    Meet a Gargoyle

    by Beausoleil Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Gargoyles are cute and they get great press but they are there for a purpose. We were visiting St. Etienne in Bourges one dark gloomy day and suddenly it sounded as though a river was running past the church. There is no river beside the church so all of us headed to the door to see what was happening.

    The heavens had opened and water was descending horizontally from the skies. It was pretty bad for a few minutes and then settled down to a nice solid steady rain. We were all trapped inside the church. I might add that dark skies do nothing for viewing stained glass windows!

    We eventually ventured out onto the porch and there was a deluge from the gargoyles. They were put there to divert water from the church walls and that is exactly what they were doing . . . magnificently. You could have taken a shower under this fellow.

    It wasn't a great day for touring but it was fun to see that gargoyles really do work, and work very hard when they must.

    Working gargoyle at St. Etienne's in Bourges
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    Eglise St. Pierre is worth a visit too.

    by Beausoleil Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We were following P signs to find public parking and ended up parked beside Eglise St. Pierre. One goes to Bourges to visit St. Etienne but St. Pierre is also worth a visit. It is on the Route de Compostela and well cared for. There are lovely stained glass windows and some quite well preserved frescoes.

    It is an easy walk to Old Town and to the Cathedral.

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    Study the West Facade Central Portal

    by hquittner Written Feb 21, 2009

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    The tympanum of the central door of the West front is a 13C masterpiece, featuring the Last Judgement. The lowest level (the lintel) depicts the dead rising from their coffins. Above them St. Michael is weighing the souls and dividing them as saved or damned to his right and left. Above this scene sits Christ as Judge surrounded on each side by a pair of Angels bearing the instruments of the Passion. Lateral to them are the pleaders: the Virgin and St. John. On the pier below is a modern replacement of a statue of Jesus.

    The Central Door Tympanum The Judgement The Arising and Separation of Souls Christ the Judge The Whole Portal
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    The Cathedral Chapels Have Old Stained Glass

    by hquittner Written Feb 14, 2009

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    There are 5 apsidial chapels (the central one is the Lady Chapel). All have stained glass of the 1215-25 period with blue and red colors predominating. Unfortunately we no longer can identify the religious scenes portrayed. Each window (as at Chartres) is embedded in a different geometric array. At the edge of the Lady Chapel are kneeling statues of the Duc and his second wife.

    13C Stained Glass (Passion Scenes?) Companion Window Whole View of Previous Window The Lady Chapel Has Glass Too Duc de Berry's Second Wife
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    Walk the Town

    by hquittner Written Feb 14, 2009

    In walking the town , there are many old buildings. We walked past the 15 C church of St.-Pierre -le-Guillard and the timbered Tithe Barn next to the cathedral. In that area there was an Archbishop’s Palace (17C) with a garden behind it said to be laid out by Le Notre.

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    Enter the Private Chapel

    by hquittner Written Feb 14, 2009

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    The private chapel is approached through a gallery with an inverted ship-keel wooden ceiling. The chapel doorways are accoladed and the vaulted ceiling is painted with Angels carrying swirling scrolls. The ceiling ribs descend to finely sculpted corbels.

    Entry Gallery to Chapel Chapel Interior The Chapel Ceiling The Entry Gallery Again
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    Home Comforts of Jacques Coeur

    by hquittner Written Feb 14, 2009

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    Many of the rooms have finely worked mantelpieces. Instead of coats of arms or allegorical subjects, the decorations contain windows or houses with the occupants looking out (as on the palace entry). Over one doorway is an exquisite bas-relief of a large galley, the sort of ship that Coeur used in bringing stuffs from the Levant. Instead of tapestries some walls have carved wood panels.

    Galley Bas Relief over Doorway Carved Mantelpiece Close-Up of Decorative Panel Another Mantel Wood Carved Wall Panel
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    Details in the Great Hall

    by hquittner Written Feb 14, 2009

    The great hall is large enough to exhibit several treasures such as the remaining pieces of the destroyed tomb of the Duc de Berry created by Jean de Cambrai after 1422. His work is fine but not as great as its prototype by Claus Sluter in Dijon for his brother. (The original gisant is in the Cathedral crypt. See our Tip). The pleurants in this one are to be admired, as is a polychrome Pieta of the period.

    Parts of the Tomb of the Duc de Berry The Gisant Copy with Original Pleurants in situ Pieta Old Engraving of Courtyard Decorative Corner Corbel
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    Enter the Palace of Jacques Coeur

    by hquittner Written Feb 13, 2009

    From the courtyard one ascends the hexagonal central staircase to the rooms of the first floor which have beamed ceilings. The entries from the stairs to the rooms are finely decorated. The grand hall has an immense fireplace and a minstrel gallery.

    Entry to Tower Stairs Entry to Stairs on First Floor The Grand Hall Minstrel's Gallery in Grand Hall Sculpted Details of Minstrel Gallery
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    Go Into the Crypt

    by hquittner Updated Feb 13, 2009

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    Being above the ground the crypt has full windows and a ground level entrance.It also has massive pillars and ogival vaulting. It houses a marble statue of the famous patron of the arts, the Duc de Berry, all that remains of his tomb created by Jean de Cambrai in 1436. for a destroyed chapel. The Duc had the elaborate west central facade window created, which required the extra buttressing beyond the south tower. Also in the crypt are a 15C Deposition and pieces of a well carved Rood screen.

    The Tall Crypt Tomb Statue of Jean Duc de Berry (15C) Entrance to Crypt Entombment Sculpture from Rood Screen
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