Unique Places in Pays de la Loire

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    right tour LU from castle
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    ateliers et chantiers de Nantes
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    Church Sacré Coeur of La Roche sur Yon

    by gwened Written Apr 16, 2014

    Another wonderful religious building in La Roche sur Yon is the church of Sacré Coeur at 11 rue Mermoz and very near the famous high school or lycée of the same name nearby at 72 Rue Guynemer.

    one of my passing and thought nice to have a picture, recuperated from my vault.
    info on the Catholic site of the church and region

    http://paysyonnais.catho85.org/spip.php?rubrique46

    It is walkiing distance from the train station as well. It is part of a greater work on sacred heart movements in the world base here
    http://www.sacrescoeursmormaison.org/En-France

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    Church Saint Louis-La Roche sur Yon

    by gwened Written Apr 16, 2014

    a wonderful church in an even nicer square or place Napoleon, with a statue of him!

    the Catholic info on the church in French is here
    http://paysyonnais.catho85.org/

    A bit of history, my hobby,
    When Napoleon Iér decided the foundation of the present town of La Roche sur Yon in 1804, the building of the church was not intended. However the church was finally decided to be built in 1808. The actual construction began in 1817 and ended in 1829 while the city was then called "Bourbon-Vendée". The Church was consecrated under the name of Saint Louis on November 3, 1830.

    The exterior architecture of the Church is neo classical with a portico with 6 columns and 2 pilasters with capitals in Tuscan opening onto a "antis in pronaos". These elements, built with the white stone of Taillebourg, are surmounted by an entablature and triangular pediment. More at the rear, two bell towers in the Ionic pilasters amounted to 30 meters above the ground.
    Inside, the Church has a vast neo-Grecian peristyle of fluted to the capitals of Corinthian columns. This peristyle is topped of an entablature and a paneled cradle vault. This arch is composed of coffered wood rosettes painted trompe-l'oeil-enhanced. The apse Vault is, meanwhile, painted in trompe l'oeil. It is embellished with an oculus in which are the letters of the Holy Trinity.

    Nice to stop by as I do my road warrior runs around here.

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    ancien hôpital St Jean:museum Angers

    by gwened Written Mar 27, 2014

    This is a wonderful ensemble often missed but you all need to see, one from my vault. The hospital of Saint-John housed until 1870 the hôtel-Dieu of Angers and care for the sick, it was one of the oldest of this sort in France at the time.

    In 1966, after the death of her husband, Jean , Simone Lurçat gave as bequest the song of the world or the "Chant du monde" to the city of Angers ,to bring an echo to the biggest ensemble of medieval tapestries known to this time such as Tenture de l'Apocalypse. The work is now there and it therefore gave rise to the museum or musée Jean-Lurçat ,and of the contemporary tapestry in 1967.

    a bit of history
    In 1175, Étienne de Marsay, Seneschal of Anjou, based in Angers at the edge of the Maine river built a Hôtel-Dieu or the Saint John Hospital. It also responds to the request of Henri II Plantagenêt, King of England and count of Anjou, eager to atone for the murder of Thomas Becket.

    The hospital is first led by clerics. But in the 17C, the situation is deteriorating and the Burghers of Angers decided to take the load. From the 17C to the 19C, it can accommodate up to 500 patients. But with the construction of the Sainte-Marguerite hospital, he loses his hospital service. Transformed into deposit and Archaeological Museum in 1874, there is even a time René Gasnier pioneer aircraft was housed here.

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    Tour Saint Aubin, Angers

    by gwened Written Mar 27, 2014

    this is a special tower of the remains of the abbey of Saint Aubin, right on pl St Aubin, Angers.
    The abbey goes back way back to around 559AD but destroyed in 1811. What is left is the tower or tour Saint Aubin.

    a bit of history
    The BellTower of the Abbey Saint-Aubin is less old than the adjoining Abbey. It was erected in the 12C. It dominates the city of Angers from its 54 meters in height. In the middle ages, the tour Saint-Aubin served as a watchtower. This tour formed at it only a small fortress with embrasures and wells. As of other Abbey tours at the same time, it was erected outside the Abbey.

    With the ravages of time and the various successive occupations and multiple uses, the Tower eventually falls into ruin. During the 19C, the belfry, the Bell Tower and the roof were destroyed. She subsequently became a tour lead for the manufacture of lead.

    In the first half of the 20C, it hosts the Museum of industry, then a meteorological observatory.
    Nowadays, it hosts temporary art exhibitions.

    nice to stop by or visit an exhibition while in town, one from my vault. This is in French from the city webpage
    http://www.angers.fr/de-projets-en-projets/decouvrir-angers/histoire-d-angers/chroniques-historiques/pour-s-informer/saint-aubin-la-tour-aux-multiples-usages/index.html

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    Les Rosiers

    by hquittner Written Jun 29, 2007

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    Les Rosiers is a small town just off the North bank of thr Loire (2K pop.), that is considered an appendage of Gien (also 2K pop) on the South bank. They are joined by one of the few suspension bridges over the upper Loire which gave us access to Cunault and Fontevrault from our base above Angers. In the neat town center is a Renaissance church with a splendid Tower.

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    The Mayenne Valley

    by hquittner Written Jun 29, 2007

    The Mayenne river runs through the departments of Mayenne and Maine and Loire passing the small city of Mayenne (14K pop.) and ending in te Loire at Angers. The valley has steep side and with only a few river crossings. It is surrounded by pleasant French forest and can be seen from various vantage points as here near the Chateau de Plessis at which we stayed (See Hotel Tip) in La Jaille-Yvon near where this picture was taken.

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    Troglodyte Dwellings

    by Goner Updated Jun 1, 2003

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    At the end of one of our half-day van tours we stopped for wine in a limestone cave along the Loire River. The cave was one of many called Troglodytes in the region. The history of these Troglodytes peaked my interest and this is what I found to share with you:

    The soft limestone (tufa) of the banks of rivers in Central France is perfect for cave formation. In the middle ages a quarter of the population lived in these caves and were known as troglodytes. These caves served as a refuge in times of war over the centuries. Tufa miners produced the material to build the châteaux from this area. Today, beside the mushroom growers and the wine makers, troglodyte dwellings have turned into inns, art galleries, museums and zoos. A good place to view some troglodytes are above Amboise, between the chateau and the Clos Luce. Look carefully to the left as you climb the hill. The facades and gardens make them seem like built houses until you notice that they extend into the hillsides.

    Troo on the Loir River, is without doubt one of the most picturesque of all the troglodyte villages in the Loire Valley. The village was built on a cliff that drops almost vertically down to the Loire. The village is spread over four levels, the lowest of these being on the same level as the river, the next two are tucked into the hillside and are crammed with cave dwellings and the fourth is the plateau itself. Each of the floors is cleverly connected by a labyrinth of stairs and pathways. This amazing network of fortified caves (cafforts) at Troo extends underground over an area of several kilometres. Troos can be reached from Amboise by taking Hwy D9 north to D31 north about 30 miles.

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    Luynes

    by tini58de Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Luynes has a castle, but by the time we went there, we were already quite satisfied with the castles we had seen. But the aqueduct from Roman times was worthwhile seeing!

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