Beauvais Travel Guide

  • Even so defaced,it is still beautiful.
    Even so defaced,it is still beautiful.
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  • Jeanne Hachette with her hatchet.
    Jeanne Hachette with her hatchet.
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Beauvais Things to Do

  • St. Etienne

    They say confession is good for the soul, so I must admit that, leaving the train station, we saw the tower of this church and thought it was the cathedral, so walked over to it. It is under what appears to be heavy renovation and was not open, so we only got to see the outside, mostly the main portal which is in a very sad state of disrepair....

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  • 15th Century house

    I am not sure what drew us into this old house other than its appealing ancient look, but we discovered it is the oldest house in Beauvais, dating from about 1410. It was evidently about to collapse when a local group devoted to preservation was able to get possession. It had to be moved, so it was painstakingly dismantled and reassembled on a...

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  • Cathedral to outdo Amiens

    Reading the history of this cathedral brought to mind the proverb, “pride goes before a fall.” Seems the builders wanted to outdo nearby Amiens so built vaulting over the choir almost five meters higher. They got interrupted in building the transepts by a collapse of some of the choir’s vaulting but did finally finish. Then they decided to build a...

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  • The Departemental Museum of Oise.

    The museum is in an old building from the 14th century. It used to be the Bishops Palace. It is built on the foundations of a house from the 12th century.On the bottom floor it shows some old statues or parts of staues. On the upper floor there is a historical exhibition and another exhibition of paintings, mostly modern works.The museum is opened...

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  • The Saint Pierre Cathedral.

    The building of the cathedral was begun in 1247 under the leadership of the bishop Guillaume de Grès. The works turned out well, so perhaps the bishop got a little too ambitious when he decided to add another 5 metres to the height. The purpose was to make it the tallest cathedral in Europe, but the vaulting collapsed instead, in 1284. When the...

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  • The St. Etienne Church.

    The nave in the St. Etienne Church dates from the 12th century, but the choir was replaced in the 16th century by the one we can see nowadays. The choir holds a fine array of stained-glass windows from this time. The working hours are:May through October from 09.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 17.00 November through April as above but closure at...

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  • Saint-Barthelemy Collegiate Church

    Saint-Barthelemy Collegiate Church was the home of a religious orderWhen I was here the ruin had been enhanced with a display called "White Dome", Light bounces off 1,000 almost-invisible nylon filaments that descend from a dome at the top of the tower. The nylon lines hold a series of wire rings that form a dome that is adorned with 3,000 tiny...

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  • Le Musée départemental de l’Oise

    The Museum of the Oise department is located in the former Palace of the Bishops-Counts of Beauvais; the entrance is a 14th century gatehouse. The museum takes you on a journey that includes the Gallic warrior of Saint-Maur in medieval stone and wood carvings; the works of the French school of the 16th century, that includes the Resurrection of...

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  • L'Hotel de Ville – Town Hall

    The Town Hall was built in 1752 and is the location of where Marshal Ferdinand Foch (General of the Allied Armies) directed battle operations from the town hall in 1918.June 2012

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  • Statue – Jeanne Hachette

    During 1472 Beauvais was under siege by the Duke of Burgundy, this siege was famous for the heroism of the women, under the leadership of Jeanne Hachette, who earned her surname for the hatchet with which she helped to repel the Burgundians whose memory is still celebrated by an annual procession on the 14th of October (the feast of Saint...

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  • La Galerie nationale de la tapisserie

    The National Gallery of Tapestry presents contemporary exhibitions, as well as a rich collection of period fabrics and furniture belonging to the "National Furniture" collection. When the gallery is fully opened up it can hold 696 people. The gallery was designed by the architect André Hermant and built in 1964, the building rests upon the...

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  • Statue – Jean Racine

    Jean Racine (1639-1699) a French dramatist was known as one of the three great playwrights of 17th-century France, and an important literary figure in the Western tradition. Racine studied at the convent of Port-Royal des Champs near Paris from 1649 to 1653, transferred to the College of Beauvais for almost two years, and then returned to...

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  • Office de Tourisme Du Beauvais

    The Beauvais Tourist provides tourist and practical information, hiking and mountain bike trails, concert and show tickets, gifts and souvenirs in the shop, group and individual guided tours, weekends and short breaks, and more. Monday to Saturday: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 6:00 pmSunday (April to October): 10:00 am to 5:00 pmemail ...

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  • Lest We Forget

    Monument aux Morts Beauvais The Beauvais War Memorial commemorates the inhabitants of Beauvais who died in the First and Second World War. The memorial is by Henri Gréber and was inaugurated on 6 July 1924. The monument was inspired by the mémoires of a Lieutenant Péricard who wrote that during an attack on the Yser in 1914 he had imagined that he...

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  • Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Beauvais

    Building of the Cathedral of Saint Peter began in 1225, by the Bishop of Beauvais, but was never completed. It was to have been the largest cathedral in Europe. Its vault was to have been 157 feet high. However, it collapsed in 1272 and 1284, 200 years later a transept was built and expanded along with the addition of a large tower in the sixteenth...

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  • The Saint Pierre Cathedral, astronomical...

    The astronomical clock was made of a local master, Auguste-Lucien Vérité, in 1868. It consists of more than 90.000 pieces and is 12 metres high.

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  • The Saint Pierre Cathedral, 13th century...

    The stained-glass windows behind the choir are the oldest in the cathedral. They date from the 13th century.

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  • The Saint Pierre Cathedral, even older...

    At the western end of the cathedral can we still see one of the very few remaining Carolingian churches in France. It dates from the end of the 10th century.

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  • The Saint Pierre Cathedral, world famous...

    The Cathedral hosts the worlds oldest chiming clock, made in 1303. It is still working.

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  • The St. Etienne Church, stained-glass...

    All the stained-glass windows are thought to be the work of the Le Prince family of master glaziers. As you can see of my pictures is the Man in the Moon not a modern invention...

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  • There Are Other Items to See in the...

    The church furnishings found in St.-Etienne include a 16C pulpit from which the elected Mayors of Beauvais took their oath of office and an even older baptismal font and the aforementioned Deposition group in the nave besides the beautiful glass.

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Beauvais Restaurants

  • Like an English pub

    As we made our way from the cathedral to the train station, we stopped in here for lunch. We had a couple of okay croque Italians, one with ham and cheese and the other with cheese, tomato sauce and pesto and both with a small salad. They have a good beer selection and we both had Leffe’s and finished with espressos. I don’t remember the exact...

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  • Beef at the Bistrot

    Traditional French restaurant. Family run with quality food. In the summer it can be nice to sit out on the pavement.Monday to Saturday: 11.30 am to 2.30 pm and 7:00 pm to 10:30 pmSunday: 11.30 am to 3.00 pmemail kosalsay@aol.com Seafood platterRump steak and friesCreme brulee

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  • Wild West a la France

    The Buffalo Grill is a chain of steakhouse restaurants which have a theme that is influenced by the "Wild West" era of the last century and is easily recognisable by its red roof, white panelling and the old saloon style. Buffalo Grills can be found throughout France and I have yet to find a bad one. This restaurant has been refurbished since my...

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Beauvais Nightlife

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    Great live music in this Irish European type pub.

    Sunday to Thursday: 5.00 pm to 1.00 am
    Friday: 5.00 pm to 3.00 am
    Saturday: 2.00 pm to 3.00 am

    September 2005

    Dress Code: No special dress code

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Beauvais Transportation

  • To get from the airport into town.

    It is very easy to get from the airport into town, just take the bus 12 which calls right outside the offices of the car rental companies opposite to the terminal building. The journey will take ~30 minutes to the railway station, (Gare SNCF) or ~20 minutes to the city centre. A one way ticket costed 0,90 Euro in December 2009. There is also a...

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  • Beavuais – Paris it’s not

    Paris’ 'third airport' is located about 55 miles north of the French capital. Beauvais Airport (airport code BVA) is home to many low cost budget airlines: Ryanair, Wizzair, Sterling, BlueAir and Norwegian Air Shuttle. There is direct bus service to and from Paris leaving from Porte Maillot. Busses leave 3 hours before and 20 minutes after each...

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  • Low fare airtravel airport

    At Beauvais is the airport used by Ryanair and other low fare companies to/from Girona/Barcelona and Milan and other cities.From Paris to Beauvais airport (BVA), take a bus at Porte Maillot station, Metro Line 1; the bus stops in a parking, outside the station with any indication. You must ask directions.The trip last 1h 10m and costs 13 euros.

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Beauvais Shopping

  • Best Baked Bread

    Covelli’s is a superb bakery that sells excellent homemade baguettes and cakes.June 2012 Bread, pastries, and cakes. Covelli’s also cater for Weddings and chocolate sculptures. Coffee and Chocolate éclairs €1.85 each

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  • French Supermarket

    Auchan is a French owned International Hypermarket and Supermarket chain. The Beauvais is Supermarket in size and although not as large as some branches it does have a good selection. As in the case of other Auchans there are small retail and dining outlets within the building.Monday to Thursday: 8:30 am to 9:00 pmFriday and Saturday: 8:30 am to...

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Beauvais Favorites

  • How to find the objects.

    I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.

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  • Circular Window: From a Wheel to a Rose

    The Wheel of Life window on the North transept face of the church of St.-Etienne is the immediate ancestor of the Rose window. This one is the best antecedent of the Rose Window in Romanesque architecture. These windows in turn evolved from small simple oculi in the west faces of small dark chapels. In a short time, they acquired decorations of...

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  • History of Beauvais

    The town of Beauvais or “Caesaromagus” (Cesar’s market) was an important Gallo-Roman town until the middle of the 3rd Century, and is the capital of the Oise Département of Picardy. The town dates from a time prior to the Roman conquest when Beauvais was the capital of the Gallic Belloveci tribe. When the Romans took the town, they called it...

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