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    Rue des Chats

    by Tom_Fields Written Nov 19, 2008

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    This "cat street" is so named because the roofs of the houses on opposite sides are so close that a cat could jump from one side to the other. This narrow medieval street seems like an alley, or one of the closes in Edinburgh. It also reminded me of the Shambles in York. This local curiousity conveys an idea of how crowded towns were in the Middle Ages.

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    Troyes Parish Churches

    by Tom_Fields Updated Nov 19, 2008

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    This town has several impressive parish churches. Each one has its own history and special features.

    Saint Urbain was founded by Saint Pantaleon, who was born here in 1185. When he was elected Pope in 1261, he took the name Urban IV, so his church changed its name to St Urbain. This is Troyes' finest Gothic church.

    Saint Pantaleon dates from the 16th century. It has a vast collection of sculpture, much of it recovered from other churches which had been destroyed.

    Saint Nizier is another 16th century church, a fine example of Renaissance Gothic architecture.

    Saint Remy dates from the 14th century, with an inscription on the south side reading "Our days on earth pass like a shadow".

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    L'Hotel de Vauluisant

    by Tom_Fields Written Nov 19, 2008

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    This museum has two sections, the Musée de l'Art Troyen and the Musée de la Bonneterie. The first concerns the art of Troyes, mainly from the 16th century. The second is about hosiery and knitwear made here. Like La Maison de L'Outil, it gives one a glimpse of the past, and an appreciation of the people who lived here centuries ago.

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    Maison de L'Outil et de la pensee ouvriere

    by Tom_Fields Written Nov 19, 2008

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    Maison de L'Outil
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    Do you ever wonder how people actually lived in the Middle Ages? Most were either farmers, laborers, or craftsmen (such as blacksmiths, carpenters, coopers, wheelwrights, etc). This museum has examples of the tools that they used in their work. This is a museum dedicated to the common people, to the "Joe the Plumber" of old Europe. It's not about the kings, nobles, or bishops, like so many other places in France.

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    Eglise SAINT PANTALEON - Statues polychromes.

    by breughel Updated Feb 12, 2007

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    Atelier
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    Des 10 églises de la ville de Troyes celle-ci se remarque par ses statues polychromes. Les sujets de cette statuaire sont étonnants car ils n'appartiennent pas à la statuaire religieuse habituelle de nos églises européennes. Etonnant dans une église cette scène d'un atelier d'artisan (savetier?) (photo 1). Encore plus étonnant ces deux personnages au balcon (photo 2), l'un avec un turban (un maure ?) l'autre fumant une pipe! Magnifique ce chevalier tenant une lance de tournoi.
    SAINT-PANTALEON (XVIe -XVIIIe) est la Paroisse de la communauté polonaise de Troyes. Pantaleon est un saint mort en martyr (305) très vénéré dans les pays de l'Est, c'est le patron des médecins. Il était d'ailleurs le médecin de l'empereur Maximien.
    L'église est un véritable musée de la Statuaire Troyenne du XVIe siècle, car elle fut le refuge de statues sauvées à la Révolution. Certaines sont dues à Dominique le Florentin, artiste troyen, décorateur de François 1er.
    A ne pas manquer : verrières en "grisaille" du milieu du XVIe siècle.

    Ouvert 10h -12h et 14h -17h sauf dimanche matin et lundi.

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    CATHÉDRALE SAINT-PIERRE SAINT-PAUL - VITRAUX

    by breughel Updated Feb 12, 2007

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    Vitraux du choeur
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    La construction de la cathédrale actuelle débuta aux environs de 1200 pour s'achever au milieu du XVIe siècle. Elle constitue un joyau du style gothique. Remarquables sont les portails de la façade occidentale et du bras nord, le " Beau portail ", qui constituent des chefs-d'œuvre de la sculpture gothique; la façade occidentale flamboyante a été élevée au début du XVIe siècle par Martin Chambiges. Les deux tours carrées du XVIe et XVIIe siècle sont de style gothique finissant. La tour St Paul est inachevée.

    Troyes est appelée "Ville Sainte du Vitrail". Une visite à la CATHÉDRALE SAINT-PIERRE SAINT-PAUL apporte la preuve de la maîtrise de l'art du vitrail à Troyes du XIIIe au XIXe siècle. L'école troyenne de peinture sur verre se caractérise par des coloris éclatants, un dessin appuyé, le goût des scènes narratives qui se développent en petits panneaux juxtaposés.

    L'intérieur de l'édifice présente un témoignage inégalé sur 1.500 m2 de l'art du vitrail du XIIIe au XIXe siècle. Les pièces les plus remarquables sont l'Assomption réalisée par Jean Sourdain en 1523-1524, la baie d'axe, représentant une Immaculée conception (1634), de Linard Gontier, et la Verrière du Pressoir mystique, attribuée à ce dernier.
    Il est utile d'emporter des jumelles pour voir les détails (la hauteur sous voûte de l'église approche les 30 m.) et de choisir un jour ensoleillé pour bénéficier au maximum de la magie du verre teinté.
    La cathédrale comporte aussi une salle du trésor avec de nombreuses pièces remarquables notamment des émaux et la Châsse de Saint- Bernard de Clairvaux,
    On notera encore que la grille du chœur, retirée au XIXe siècle, marque désormais l’entrée d'une salle du Metropolitan Museum de New York.

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    1/10 au 1/04 : 9-12h et 13-17h. Dimanche 10-12h et 13-17h. Fermé le lundi.
    1/04 au 30/06 : 10-13h et 14-18h tous les jours
    1/07 au 15/09 : 10-19h tous les jours.
    Gratuit.

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    walking through Troyes

    by foreigner44 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Walking through Troyes gives you an idea how the middle ages must have been
    Ireally admired the old town center and though there are more beatiful towns and villages in France this one I have ranked among the ten most beautiful

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    Walk In the Old Town

    by hquittner Updated Sep 6, 2010

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    Restored Old Half-Timbered House
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    Much of the old part of the city is near the church of St.Jean where the restaurants are and where there are also many half-timbered houses.

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    Saint Pierre

    by Tom_Fields Written Nov 19, 2008

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    The western facade, designed by Martin Chambiges, was completed in the 16th century, and the tower was built in the 17th century. This is one of France's lesser-known cathedrals, well worth a visit.

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    Rue fleurie.

    by breughel Updated Feb 12, 2007

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    Rue fleurie avec maison à colombages près de l'église St-Pantaléon.

    Half-timbered houses near the St Pantaleon church.

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    Another style.

    by breughel Updated Feb 12, 2007

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    Maison du quartier de la cath��drale

    A different styled house near the cathedral.

    Autre finition de façade dans le quartier de la cathédrale.

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    Half-timbered houses.

    by breughel Updated Feb 12, 2007

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    Colombages et briques.

    Another style of half-timbered houses where the brick plays a particularly ornamental element.

    Un autre style de maisons à colombages où la brique joue un élément particulièrement décoratif.

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