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    Toward the Central Square
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    by hquittner Updated Mar 27, 2010

    There is an elaborate memorial to the three great French Generals of the First World War in a special square at the the south center of the city. A mile away in Valentine in its Mairie is the childhood home of Foch.

    Monument Other Two Generals Monument The Memorial Another View

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    by hquittner Written Mar 10, 2010

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    The cloister of the church was originally built between 1180-85. Over the centuries it was increasingly not used. Shortly after the cloister was created a chapter house was built instead of building the fourth side of the cloister with a finely built ceiling. These buildings were repaired in the 19C along with repairs to many capitals.

    Cloister and South Side of Church The Cloister Entry to Chapter House Fine Ceiingto Capter House Outside Capital
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    by hquittner Written Mar 10, 2010

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    The upper East End of the church has a rough example of a stone carving of a lion like figure above the three small east windows. Below the outer top of the central apse there are modillions as well as floral elements. If one walks away from the church in this direction we enter the modern monument to the three great World War I French Generals; it is here because this is the locality in which Foch lived in his childhood.

    Upper East End of Church Modillions Walking Toward Monument West End Belfry of Curch Looking Back at Church
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Saint-Gaudens Off The Beaten Path

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    by hquittner Written Mar 10, 2010

    In the outer edge of Valentine is a Gallo-Roman set of ruins. It was actually a large villa with many buildings. It includes a large hypocaust and a central peristyle and a grand swimming place and thermal baths. In the town is the city hall which was the early childhood home of Foch.

    Semicircular Pool Central Peristyle Ruins Series of Buildings View of Distant Hydrotech building

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