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    Jan van Robai MANUFACTURE of oar

    by wandeljp Updated Nov 30, 2006

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    MANUFACTURE of oar

    (oar = frame maintaining the parts of fabric wet and tended in order to rectify them and to give them a width everywhere equalizes) Gate of style Louis XVI. In the middle of the 17th century, Colbert, the large minister of Louis XIV, being afflicted with the export of the French wools in England from where they returned woven, invited a Dutch industrialist of Middelburg, Josse Van Robais to install his trades with Abbeville in October 1665.

    There were in this city a very old tradition of manufacture of cloths and gifts the presence of a very qualified labour. Moreover the presence of many rivers the washing of wools, their .also dyeing etc had allowed from time immemorial the use of mills whose driving force was essential.

    This building was bought by the city to shelter a museum there but is not currently visible with the public.

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    CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

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    CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

    Carry finely carved by the Austrian Pfaffenhoffen (1715-1784) and worked in full wood.

    Its casements with the contiurnées mouldings are decorated each one with garlands and a riffon high relief.

    With the impostedes loves crown flowers.

    The monograms of the pediment were carved at the 19th century.

    Carry classified Historic building

    CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
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    HOTEL EMILE MAGNIER

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    HOTEL EMILE MAGNIER

    Emile Magnier, acquired the old hospital of Ligny and made it demolish about 1865 to build a new construction.

    It is with its initiative and that of his Jules brother that the “economic furnaces Jules Magnier” were opened in Abbeville in 1884.

    They functioned a few years still after the war of 1940, their function was to distribute meals to the stripped people.

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    Museum Boucher de Perthes (2)

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    Museum Boucher de Perthes (2)

    Jacques Boucher of Crèvecoeur de Perthes was born in Rethel in 1788 and died in Abbeville in 1868. He is regarded as one of the founders of Prehistory.

    It is in Abbeville with the “Bench of the Hospital” Vauban boulevard currently that was discovered by him the first paleolithic axe on July 23, 1844.

    The museum occupies the buildings remaining of the old Town hall of Abbeville and a modern building built in withdrawal. Objets d'art and medieval sculptures whose retable of the 15th century a money virgin of the 16th century, ceramics, tins and tapestries are exposed there. One notices the polychrome sculpture of Saint-Gengoulf, owner of the misled husbands and his wife undergoing the ordalie. Among other works, a statue of Camille Claudel “the Prayer” or “Psalm”. Paintings of the 16,17 and 18th century are represented there.

    The prehistoric collections are centered on the discoveries of Stopping of Perthes and the sites of the Valley of the Somme.

    Museum Boucher de Perthes (2)
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    CHURCH SAINT-JACOB (XIXème century)

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    CHURCH SAINT-JACOB (XIXème century)

    A church existed on its site since 1136.

    It was rebuilt in 1482 then cut down in 1838 for reasons of outdatedness probably.

    The current church devoted in 1875 is of neo-gothic style

    Inside, is it difficult to visit , because it's most of the time closed.

    CHURCH SAINT-JACOB (XIX��me century)
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    THE BELFRY AND THE MUSEUM BOUCHER OF PERTHES (1)

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    THE BELFRY AND THE MUSEUM BOUCHER OF PERTHES

    Built since 1209, the Belfry, one of oldest of France, are a 20 meters height quadrangular tower whose walls are at their base 2,30 meters thickness. The unit is closer to the seigneuriaux keeps of the 12th century than of the elegant belfries of the 14 and 15th centuries. The tower of the belfry close to the enclosure of the city was used as turn of guet until construction of the towers of Collègiale Saint-Vulfran. It is capped with a surmounted high-bell-tower of frame of a wind vane representing the Count de Ponthieu with horse. Its austere appearance contrasts with the character more decorated with the Treasury built in 1467-1468. On the turret of staircase, with the angle of the Belfry and Treasury, a low-relief of Emmanuel Fontaine was posed in 1887. It commemorates the heroism of Abbevillois Ringois thrown to the sea in 1368 to have refused to lend oath of fidelity to king Edouard d' Angleterre.Détruit during the bombardments of May 1940, the Belfry was restored (work completed in 1986)

    BELFRY AND THE MUSEUM BOUCHER OF PERTHES (1)
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    Vulfran Saint church (7) the wood gate

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    Vulfran Saint church (7) the wood gate

    Although not completed this one is one of the most remarkable monuments of Gothic style blazing being combined here with the central gate Renaissance.

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    Ennoville Park (2)

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    Ennoville Park (2)

    Today the park open to the public counts more than one ten rare species among which Liriodendron Tulipifera or Tulipier of Virginia, Laburnum Alpinium, Liquidambar Styraciflua, Gingko Biloba, the Sequoia Giganteum, the Cedar of Lebanon… majority of these trees being old of more than 150 years. In the private mansion, the City installed successively the Museum of Abbeville and Ponthieu, the Town hall during the last war until 1960 then the Public library. This one is one of oldest of France. Founded in 1643 by the canon Jean de Boulenois, old principal of the college, it shelters more than 160000 volumes, an important collection of watercolours of Oswald Macqueron, incunables and some manuscripts remarkable.

    Water-tower of the park
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    GARDENS Of EMONVILLE AND PUBLIC LIBRARY

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    GARDENS Of EMONVILLE AND PUBLIC LIBRARY

    Property at the 19th century of the family of Abbeville: Foucques d' Emonville. Arthur Foucques d' Emonville botanist and collector of camellias made build in 1861 within Mr. Lefuel, the architect of Louvre, a private mansion called of Emonville and some greenhouses essential to his plantations. With its death its nephews sold the property at the town of Abbeville. One of the greenhouses assigned to the municipal service of the plantations probably dates from Foucques.

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    VESTIGE OF THE CONVENT OF THE URSULINES

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    VESTIGE OF THE CONVENT OF THE URSULINES

    Only remain the gate of the vault and part of the frontages of the cloitre of pure style Louis XIII.En 1642, the Good Sisters settled in these establishment built according to plans' of Mother Anne of Saint-Paul. Preserved at the time revolutionist it became in 1869 the Saint-Stanislas college until 1905. It was then during a few years a barracks annexes then in October 1925 the college of girls Jules Ferry.To requisition became a military hospital in 1939 it was almost entirely destroyed on May 20, 1940.

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    Godefroid de Bouillon (St Sepulcre church)

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    Godefroid de Bouillon (St Sepulcre church)

    On its site, Godefroy de Bouillon in 1096 with the invitation of Count GUI 1st of Ponthieu would have gathered its barons before leaving in crusade for the Holy Land.

    On the pic , you see the statue of Godefroid de Bouillon ( a Belgian , you know!) remebering the event.

    Statue of Godefroid (side)
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    Saint Sepulcre church

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    Church Holy Sepulchre

    Classified Historic building. The church was batie at the 15th century, the bell-tower and the transept was rebuilt in the neo-gothic style in 1864. The church having been partially destroyed in 1940 in its high part, of work were carried out recently. The whole of the stained glasses of this church was conceived by Alfred Manessier. This artist born in 1911 in the Sum passed his childhood to Abbeville and is regarded as one of the largest nonfigurative artists. The Setting with the Tomb in the Vault of the Holy Sepulchre, on the left, deserves a visit. Only the lying one of Christ is old (statue out of wooden of the 15th century) the characters who surround it are posterior and of a very different invoice.

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    Saint Vulfran Church (1)

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    Saint Vulfran Church (1)

    Although not completed this one is one of the most remarkable monuments of Gothic style blazing being combined here with the central gate Renaissance.

    Saint-Vulfran Collegiale !
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    Ennoville castle

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    Ennoville castle

    Mr. Lefuel, the architect of Louvre, a private mansion called of Emonville and some greenhouses essential to his plantations.

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    Saint Sepulcre

    by MJV Written Sep 17, 2003

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    This is one of the oldest churches in France. The tower dates back to the crusades. Apparently many of the crusaders rallied at this point before heading South, back in 1089.

    St. Sepulcre
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