Moret-sur-Loing Things to Do

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    Walk through town

    by Dabs Updated Nov 13, 2011

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    The draw of Moret-sur-Loing isn't any particular sight or museum, it's the lovely setting alongside the Loing River. Unless you already have a guide to the town, stop by the tourism office at the entrance to the old part of the town near the Porte de Samois and they can give you a map of the sights throughout town. Moret-sur-Loing isn't very big, it takes no more than 10 minutes to walk between the two 12th century gates at either end, the Porte de Samois and Porte de Bourgogne. Keep walking through the Porte de Bourgogne and on either side of the Loing you can see the two old mills. Somehow we missed the Castle Keep (it was marked on our map as donjon which I now know is the French word for keep), built in 1128, on rue du Donjon where Henri IV kept his mistress and Nicolas Fouquet was imprisoned after Louis XIV had him arrested at Vaux le Vicomte. On the same street at 9 rue du Donjon is the house that impressionist painter Alfred Sisley lived in until he died.

    Porte de Bourgogne Mill Along the rue Grande Porte de Samois Mill

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    Hotel de Ville

    by Dabs Updated Nov 13, 2011

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    The Hotel de Ville is the town hall of Moret-sur-Loing, in the courtyard behind the town hall you will find a renaissance facade dating to the time of Francois I. You can see Francois I's symbol, the salamander, on the facade in the 3rd photo. The facade comes from the Maison Francois I which was built in 1527 and then moved to Paris stone by stone. In 1956 the facade you see today was returned to Moret-sur-Loing

    Hotel de Ville Renaissance facade Salamander of Francois I

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    Examine the Church of Notre-Dame

    by hquittner Written Jul 23, 2009

    The large church looks impressive from the far bank of the river but is crowded around by the "medieval" town. The church was started in the earliest part of the 13C and its choir shows the high Gothic style of Chartres with a tribune (taller and deeper than a triforium) and three equal levels to its elevation. The church was finished in the 14 and 15 C in a flamboyant style and on the west front has two tall elaborate windows separated by a balustrade and graced with three statues. It is of good length and has strong flying buttresses. The organ is of the 16C.

    West Front Nave View to Altar South Side View South Side of Choir Elevation West End with Organ
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    Look at the Maison de Francois I

    by hquittner Written Jul 23, 2009

    In the courtyard of the Hotel de Ville is this lavish Maison designed by Jean Goujon and Pierre Lescaut (before 1550). Apparently Fracois liked to get away from Fontainebleau to the settling quiet of Moret much as much as we did. So time later the entire structure was dismantled and removed to Paris and rebuilt there. (I suspect that is when the dates and names were added to the medallions). It was returned and installed in this pleasant square in 1958. Do not forget to admire the vicious Salamander over the entry door.

    The Facadee The Entry Door Below The Salamander Francois & Wife Medallions on Facade Hotel de Ville
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    Visit the Tour de Bretagne & the Loing Bridge

    by hquittner Written Jul 22, 2009

    Moret was a French border town protecting its crossing until Champagne became a part of the French kingdom in 1314. Thus it had fortified walls and a protective tower at the bridge over the Loing river. The tower and some ramparts remain and the town takes pride in keeping its cobblestones and ancient ambience mixed in with its modern bustle. Enjoy the views and promenades.

    Bridge and Tower and Town Repairing the Cobblestones Across the Bridge Into the River Rue Grande to the Tower
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    A Thousand Ice Cream Flavors?

    by sweetee Updated Aug 29, 2005

    Been a long time but I remember a little ice cream parlor whose name was something like "a thousand and one flavors". Probably wounldn't be hard to find (if it is still there) in this tiny town. Lovely town. Not much excitement here except for an odd medieval festival now and then. But, I reiterate, a lovely town. At least there is (or was) good ice cream to be had.

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    Notre Dame

    by Dabs Updated Nov 12, 2011

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    Notre Dame church was begun in 1166 on grounds consecrated by Thomas a Becket, construction continued through the 15th century. We didn't visit because it was later in the day

    Notre Dame Notre Dame

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    The Porte de Samois Is At the West End of Town

    by hquittner Written Jul 23, 2009

    The other gate-tower looks similar to the one at the river but it has a statuette of the Virgin above its passage and is flanked down the rue Grande by many half-timbered houses.

    Porte de Samois
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