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    Parc Asterix

    by gwened Updated Feb 21, 2015

    This is a wonderful park for the young,and pleny of rides for all. It is on the theme of the Gauls of France,and it is a much better attraction park to bring in your kids to introduce them to the French way of life than any others in the Paris near region.

    The park is in dept Oise or 60 at 60128 Plailly as The group CDA Parks now owned it as well France Minituare, La Mer de Sable, Musée Grevin ,and Parcs Walibi.

    You entered thru the via Antiqua, this street has several shops and restos as well as the market or grande marché de Lutétia, with gaullish galleries, bonbon palais, chez Rahazade, Numérobis, Gravédanlonix, and le bon légionnaire

    Later you come into the section Roman Empire, with Romus and Rapidus (fast river ride with big waves ), then the Espions de César (monorail in small vehicules for pedaling), Le Carrousel de César( theme carrousel with the main personages of the comics book), the petit train,le Défi de César (mad house),and the La Légion recrute (funny spectacles)

    Continue with old Greece or Antique Gréce, with rides such as Le Cheval de Troie( flying carpets), Le Vol d’Icare( roller coaster with themes from the fall of the son of Dédale), La Rivière d'Élis (travel in small floats in the typical Greek gardens), L'Hydre de Lerne( ride like an octopus) ,Tonerre de Zeus (roller coaster in wood at 33 meters high,and speeds of 80 K:ph), and the Théâtre de Poséidon (shows spectacles).

    The Vikings area around the big lake, with attractions such as La Galère (boat rides),
    L’Escadrille des As ( small planes rides),Le Mini-Carrousel( little kiddies carrousel),
    Les Petits Drakkars ( small boats for little ones), Les Petites Chaises volantes ( wild chairs rides for kiddies) , Goudurix (roller coaster in metal structures) ,it had the European record now overclassed by the Dragon Khan de PortAventura.

    A travers le temps (old rue de Paris) in times you see the attractions, Transdemonium ( fantom train with motif of the year 1000 ), Les Chevaux du Roy (carrousel of medieval themes) , Nationale 7 ( a circuit of the country side reminicent of the blue route), Les Chaises volantes ( flying chairs for the older kids) , L'Oxygénarium (a descend in floats in a huge toboggan), on the base of the Joconde, spectacles in cascades with a pursuit of robbers and police with effects pyrotechniques

    The ex La Gaule ,now is a rebuilt village of Asterix as it is shown in the cartoons editions and movies; attractions here includes ,Épidemaïs Croisières (small boat circuit doing the tour of village seeing the main personages of the story. La Forêt des druides ( area of playground for kids with toboggans, magic cave, Les Chaudrons ( big cups with burners) ,
    Menhir Express ( a plume in movement in the forest that finish with a big descend of 13 meters); La Trace du Hourra ( roller coasters at 900 meters descend with a speed of 60 k:ph); Le Grand Splatch ( aquatic circuits around a big rock of Astérix finishing by a big descend) ; La Ronde des Rondins ( roller coaster for the juniors encircling about 60 meters) ;La Petite Tempête ( music express), Les Petits Chars Tamponneurs ( drums cars) etc

    New attraction since 2012 is Egypt, with two main attractions such as OzIris (roller coasters inverse including five turns and a passage under a cave after a rise of 40 meters.
    SOS Numérobis (roller coaster juniors of a lenght of 200 meters now call the Trans'Arverne, around the "Place de Gergovie" now renamed Périférix.

    you come here from the Louvre, read here
    http://navettes-parcasterix.com/

    or from T2 CDG terminal at Roissy CDG stop or 'arrêt "Aéroport Charles De Gaulle Terminal 1, Terminal 3". Go to counters « Parcs de Loisirs » and you will be directed to the navettes bus ASTÉRIX for 7,50€ adults, departs every 30 minutes from 9h (check site for updates on pricing).

    the viking boats drakkars the boat rides Rivi��res
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    Abbey of Chaalis

    by gwened Written Jul 18, 2014

    a wonderful building worth coming to see while in the region of Picardie departement Oise no 60.
    I rather let you see the hours and admission on the site for the latest ones, it can be turn into English as well.

    Royak Abbey of Chaalis is a former Cistercian Abbey in the centre of the forest of Ermenonville. It was founded in 1136 by the King of France Louis VI and entrusted to the monks of the Abbey of Pontigny. An large Abbey is built at the beginning of the 13C and benefits of considerable gifts and favors. The Abbey became an economic and intellectual centre important, welcoming several times the Kings of France and with several intellectuals among its members. It has elsewhere very large numbers of dependencies in the form of monastic farms that contribute to provide huge revenue. After a period of decline at the end of the middle ages, the Abbey enjoyed a period of artistic renaissance with its first commendatory abbots from Italy. Ippolito d'Este thus brought in artists such as Sebastiano Serlio or the Primaticcio. In the 18C, new Conventual buildings are constructed by the architect Jean Aubert, without ever being completed. Following his as a national asset sale during the Revolution and the destruction of the Abbey Church, the field turned in the 19C into hunting. Nélie Jacquemart, great collector and last owner of the estate, bequeathed it to the Institut de France with works of art that are kept.(see her museum in Paris, Jacquemart-André)

    There is a nice chapel I always go to see when in the area, wonderful; the Chapel reserved for private offices of the abbot is built between 1245 and 1255 at the end of the abbatiate of Jean II of Arbone. A gallery of thirteen arcades connected this Chapel to the old abbatial Palace. The style is similar to other Holy-chapels of the era: the Sainte - Chapelle of Paris, the castle of Saint Germain en Laye or even that of the Saint-Germer-de-Fly Abbey.

    In all it currently contains the ruins of the former Abbey and cloister, Abbey Chapel and frescoes of the Renaissance, a rose garden and a park, as well as the Jacquemart-André Museum and its collections of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts installed in the Castle.

    nice place to stop by in Oise.

    Abbey of Chaalis the chapel ceilings at Chaalis one of the wall paintings by Primattice in Chapel the Chapel of abbey of Chaalis back of chapel at Chaalis
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    Sable en Mer, cowboys and indians

    by gwened Written Jul 18, 2014

    This is a unique park, that has attracted even some western films here B type over the years and it is great for kids;like when mine were young visited; i just pull from the vaults a couple clean pictures and ready to give you the tip with something showing.

    You can buy the tickets ahead of time at any FNAC stores in Paris ,on site is 24€ for the day adults. they have several packages see sites for updates. the calendrier site will tell you when its open not all year around so check for openings
    http://www.merdesable.fr/calendrier

    The park is set up along 3 themes, the Jungle, the dessert and the Far West. the spectacles are about 24 different shows for all kids ages as can be seen by the pictures. The site is in French as it is a real local thing and if looking from something like that this is it.
    http://www.merdesable.fr/attractions-spectacles

    Enjoy with the family.

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    Amiens

    by grayfo Written Jun 15, 2014

    Amiens, located in northern France is the capital of the Somme department within the region of Picardy. Must see sights/attractions include: the cathedral, the Municipal Circus, the Hortillonnage Gardens and the Madeleine Cemetery to name but a few.

    June 2014

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    Palais Imperial, Compiégne

    by gwened Updated Jun 3, 2014

    a wonderful palace and now wonderful museum to visit is a must. in French on it
    http://www.musee-chateau-compiegne.fr/
    You can visit from Paris Nord and get here to see this museum
    open 0h00-18h00. Closed Tuesdays , and Jan 1, MAy 1, Nov 1,and Dec 25, adult admission 7€ and down.

    The Palace of Compiegne welcomes both art lovers and history lovers of nature.
    Desired and enlarged by Louis XV Compiègne became one of the largest residences in the courtyard during the summer and autumn .
    Napoleon 1st develop is dazzling apartments for his marriage to his second wife Marie- Louise of Austria in 1810.
    Later Napoleon III makes it an ideal place where it gathers throughout his reign a part of the high French and European society at the time, during the famous "Series"
    Sumptuous rooms and ceremonial galleries can discover part of life, official and private sovereign , their loves green .
    Discover Flats , richly decorated and furnished as they were in the time of Napoleon and the first of Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie, who has left the mark of his personal taste in decorative choice of some salons
    The Second Empire is a golden age for the city of Compiègne , the Palace became an autumn residence of the imperial couple . The Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie receive their guests at the Palais during the famous "Series" , confirming its role in Compiègne and aristocratic residential city.

    superb can't say more you need to see it.cheers

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    Chateau de Pierrefonds

    by gwened Written Jun 3, 2014

    a magical wonderful castle you need to see. The castle has a long history ,and I try to condense as best i can, not great on text.....
    There was a castle here from the 12C built by the powerful family line of Nivelon, Lords of Pierrefonds,who were originally from Quierzy. The only remaining part from that is caves located under the logis of the 11C. The castle passes at the end of the 12C to the king Philippe Auguste, and thereafter becomes a royal domaine.

    The castles goes into the family of Louis d'Orléans (1396 - 1407). In 1392,on the death of his father Charles V, Louis d'Orléans receives the title of Count of Valois,with many other properties including Pierrefonds,and the duchy of Touraine. In 1406, the king raises it to Count to Duchy as well as Pierrefonds.

    In 1588 , the castle was occupied by a " warlord " , Captain Rieux , a supporter of the League continues to struggle against Henry of Navarre once he became King Henry IV of France . Captain Rieux retries in 1591 two attempts of the royal army . He is captured and hang and the Pierrefonds is surrended .However another leader keeps the castle until 1594. In 1595 , the castle was entrusted to Antoine d' Estrées governor of Île- de- France , and especially the father of Gabrielle d' Estrées , mistress of Henri IV. August 10, 1595, Henri de Saveulx (or Saveux ) took the castle on behalf of Philip II of Spain . The castle was occupied by seven to eight hundred Neapolitan and Walloon shipped by the Spanish Netherlands . But, having withstood several attacks royalists , Saveulx was taken prisoner , and the Neapolitan sell the castle to Antoine d' Estrees.

    The castle was besieged in 1616 and taken in 1617 by the troops of Governor of Compiègne , the Comte d' Auvergne, sent by Richelieu , Secretary of State for War , in the wake of bombings that have created a loophole in a weak the fortress, near the door , and allow royalists entering the castle troops. The board of King Louis XIII decides to demolish the castle in May 1617. Dismantling is carried by the Count of Angoulême. We blew the big towers by the mine , destroyed housing , flooring and carpentry burned. Outworks are razed, destroyed roofs and grooves are formed by undermining the towers and curtain north .

    The Prince-President Louis- Napoleon Bonaparte visit in 1850. On the advice of Prosper Mérimée , it became the Emperor Napoleon III , demand in 1857 by the architect Eugène Viollet -le- Duc ( 1814-1879 ) of undertake its restoration. The construction began in January 1858 , first to renovate the gardens . It is then a question of a simple restoration of habitable parts ( tower and two towers ) , the " picturesque " ruins to remain in the background. In 1862 , the project is gaining momentum : imperial residence to receive and to admire its splendid collection of arms and armor ; Castle must be completely rebuilt . The work, which will cost five million francs at the time (four million were taken from the civil list of the Emperor ) will be decided in 1885, six years after the death of Viollet -le- Duc. Lack of money, the decoration of the rooms remains unfinished .

    You should not missed The towers, the cour d'honneur,chapel, donjon,salon de reception,salles des plates, working cabinet of the emperor Napoleon III, the bedroom of napoleon III,of the Emperatrice Eugénie, the sculptures depot, salle de la maquette or scale down model of the castle,salles des gardes, salles des preuses; and salles des invitées or invited guests.
    Info on admission dates, better look at the site for the current ones.

    entrance Chateau de Pierrefonds from the back garden at Chateau
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    Basilique Saint Quentin, St Quentin

    by gwened Written Jun 3, 2014

    a wonderful basilica in the north going to see family always and a great stop on the way, the city of Saint Quentin has a lot history and a great Battle vs Spanish was held here to get the flemish part of the low countries back into the kingdom of France. As well later many conflicts in WWI/II.

    The bit of history I like and hopefully you will see it too, its wonderful.

    The construction of the Saint-Quentin Basilica began at the end of the 12tC and ended three centuries later. It is linked to the history of the devotion to Saint Quentin, which contains his relics.
    The veneration for the saint to go more and more each year and a community of clerics settled as early as the 8C around the Chapel, which became the primitive nucleus of the town of Saint-Quentin. Around 1190, in order to accommodate more and more pilgrims, the college of canons decided the construction of an impressive Collegiate Church.

    Started around 1170 by the gatehouse, the work continues in the chevet or back and sides slowly, it seems a rather chaotic pace. In 1257, Saint Louis assisted in the translation of these relics in the choir. Due to technical and financial problems, the work should progress more slowly until the completion of the nave in the second half of the 15C.
    The southern arm of the transept of choir, which threatened to collapse, was entirely rebuilt between 1477 1487 by Colard Noël, architect of King Louis XI. In 1509, chapter laying the foundations of a massive facade with two towers, which would have had to replace the current Tower; lack of funds, the project was quickly abandoned. The collegiate church, burned on two occasions (in 1545 and 1669, necessitated heavy interventions among which we should mention the realization, in 1682, a Coronation of baroque inspiration at the top of the tower-porch. During the French Revolution, the Church serves as store fodder and stable. In 1876 with Pope Pius IX bequest the title of Basilica.
    During the WWI is hit by gunfire that destroy the frame and roof, it will be returned to the cult in 1956.

    The basilica is 123 meters long with vault in the nave and choir of 34 meters high and all is 52 meters wide. A nice one to see

    Basilica of Saint Quentin the stained glass and ceilings of basilica nave basilica Saint Quentin
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    Palais Episcopal, museum, Beauvais

    by gwened Written Jun 3, 2014

    The old building of the palais episcopal next to the cathedral house a wonderful museum of the dept of the Oise(60). It is free admission.

    info in French here
    http://www.beauvais-cathedrale.fr/palais-episcopal.html

    More of it and history of a wonderful building that needs to be visited for the antique collection it has recollected from many sites in the region.

    The departmental Museum of the Oise is installed in a magnificent Renaissance palace: the former Palace of the bishops-counts of Beauvais, near the Cathedral. One enters an enclosure decorated with a garden passing through a gate of the 14C. Gatehouse and Palace are connected by a high wing in the 16C on the foundations of a building of the 12C. The conservation of the Museum nevertheless introduces the essentials of permanent collections. The towers of the Châtelet (located in the gatehouse) are walk-in visitors enter the medieval world. The old wood is allied with the old stones to present some very beautiful works of the Gallo-Roman times to the Renaissance. Relating to modern and contemporary periods works are found in the wing of the 18C.

    The Palace of the bishops or palais episcopal or évéqués. Present the conservation of the Museum as a most beautiful sets of civil and military architecture of the Oise Department,. The episcopal Palace kept, the gatehouse, its medieval aspect, for the palate, its Renaissance appearance. Bombing suffered by Beauvais in June 1940 caused little damage to it.

    Historically, a first Romanesque building is built in the 12C on the site of the current Palace. In 1305, under the King Philippe IV le Bel, Bishop Simon de Clermont de Nesle increase taxes owed by farmers mills. A revolt broke out. The episcopal Palace is besieged, taken, sacked, pillaged. Guards are killed, released prisoners. A judgment of the King will condemn the municipality to pay eight thousand pounds to the Bishop in compensation for abuses. With this amount, the prelate will build the fortified Châtelet and its two towers. So, barring the way to the Palace, keeping the power of Squire on the inhabitants. The Bishops of Beauvais are indeed counties of the city since the 11C - the episcopal see was occupied by powerful families: Henri de France, brother of Louis VII, or Philippe de Dreux, cousin of Philippe Auguste.

    In the 16C, the Romanesque House gives way to a Renaissance palace with an elegant turret "out of work" with a spiral staircase. In 1791, this architectural jewel nearly disappear. Becoming a prefecture under the Empire, the building is made for the Bishop is under the restoration... and resumed for the benefit of Justice under Louis-Philippe Ier. A century later, in 1940, German bombs destroy the Museum of Beauvais (located elsewhere in the city). What remains collections took place in the Palace, while the whole of the building was assigned to a future Museum. Once arrangements are completed, it opens its doors to the public in 1981.

    Open every day except Tuesdays from 10h-12h and 14h-18h; and from 10h-18h from July 1 to September 30. Closed June 9

    tour 14C entrance to Museum and Palais Episcopal cloister of palais episcopal museum of Oise
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    Cathedrale Saint Pierre, Beauvais

    by gwened Written Jun 3, 2014

    a wonderful cathedral giving you the religious site in contact in French and the tourist office of the dept of the Oise (60) in English
    http://www.oisetourism.co.uk/srit/detail/PCU/PCUPIC1600000057

    The first cathedral of the 10th century there are only a few bays of the nave: the locals call it «Our Lady of the bass Œuvre», in opposition to the "high Œuvre" which is the Gothic Cathedral. The 'bass Œuvre"was destroyed on the decision of the Bishop-count, after yet another fire, and as the construction of the new Church; It occupies the site originally planned for the construction of the nave. It was after a fire of the "bass Œuvre» that began in 1225 , the construction of the Cathedral.

    There is stained glass from the 13C, recognizable by their full colour, without white beach. The stained glass windows from the 14C show a smaller colored surface, forming a sort of frieze, called stained glass in litre
    The doors of the Cathedral on the north side are carved with the emblem of the King François Ier, the salamander surmounted by the Crown of France. Behind the North and South doors were also carved flowers of lys, emblem of the French monarchy, which have unfortunately been ravaged by the violence of the revolutionaries of 1789. On the side of the South Portal, this is in stone that we find the figure of the King François Ier with a F surmounted by the Royal Crown;

    The Church has an astronomical clock (1866) animated by a 'sound and light' show and the oldest medieval clock chimes still in working condition. It still has two sets of tapestries of remarkable Choir (15C-17C) and other tapestries, including a set visible to the departmental Museum of the Oise, located opposite the Cathedral. Saint-Pierre de Beauvais has one of the most beautiful treasures of Cathedral in France, made up of more than a thousand objects, it was not pillaged during the French Revolution, unlike many other buildings, such as Amiens for example. However, these pieces remain invisible to the general public.

    it is wonderful to see no matter your time, go and see it, and its close by to the airport of Beauvais.

    Cathedral Saint Pierre the high choir highest in the world chapel wall to Jeanne d'Arc at Cathedral
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    Cathedral Notre Dame of Laon

    by gwened Written Jun 2, 2014

    one of the emblematic Cathedrals of France and one not to missed in Picardie, dept Aisne no 2. here is the city in French take on it
    http://www.ville-laon.fr/fr/decouvrir/pages/patrimoine/cathedrale.html

    a tour in English from the tourist office
    http://www.laon-tourism.co.uk/Pratical-tips/Press-service/A-selection-of-recent-press-releases-in-pdf-format-is-available-for-download/The-Head-for-heights-tour-of-the-Cathedral/(language)/eng-GB

    and the official site on it in French in contact.

    This is a jewel: one of the first major gothic construction in France, just built after the abbaye de Saint-Denis, and the cathédrale Notre-Dame de Noyon, and before the Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris. The town of Laon entered really Christian history when she became, towards the year 497, capital of a diocese founded on the initiative of saint Remigius, Bishop of Reims. From the 6C, where the Christianization was accelerated, Laon was equipped with several places of worship. The Cathedral then dominated an episcopal group in the South Saint-Rémi and the North the Church Saint-Martin-le-Parvis.

    This first monument, the Carolingian Cathedral, dedicated in honor of saint Sauveur and sainte Marie, was consecrated on 6 September in the presence of Charlemagne in 800. A new church was rebuilt under the aegis of Elinand, promoted to Bishop of Laon June 14, 1052. December 25, 1071, this new building was inaugurated at the second crowning of the future King Philippe Ier.
    This Romanesque cathedral was burnt down during the communal insurrection occurred Thursday, April 25 after Easter of the year 1112. It was not destroyed and the dedication of the repaired Church took place in 1114 under Bishop Barthélemy de Jur.

    The construction of the current building was initiated by Bishop Gautier (Gauthier) of Mortagne. It started in 1155 and continued until 1235. The construction began by the choir and the large transept in order to receive the many pilgrims. In 1164 was the translation of the relics of saint Beat. Between 1170 and 1175, a second building campaign very short door on the bottom of the Northern Cross, its portals and the bays. But it was at this time that appears the new type of tent and the profile of the batteries that will be used by later. Between 1175 and 1185, a third campaign led to the construction of the transept with its two gates (North and South) which currently remains than that of the North, the Lantern Tower of inspiration anglo-normande of the crossing of the transept, and the last five spans of the nave, to contrebuter this Lantern Tower. During this campaign, they also built the towers of the transept (North Tower, known as Thomas Becket in the memory of his time in Laon in 1163, and South, called the clock tower). Around 1180: Poses stained-glass windows of the North rose. The fourth campaign ends around 1200 by the completion of the nave and the western facade . But a fifth and final campaign proved to be necessary to rebuild the choir, deep with only three spans quickly proved too small. This fifth campaign had 1205 to 1220 place and saw the construction of flat chevet choir comprising 10 spans, as we know it today.

    The dedication of the Cathedral took place finally to 1235-1238. In 1250 was built an arrow on the South-West Tower as well as the South Tower. Throughout the 14C, 27 chapels were built between the buttresses. During the 14C, the façade of the Southern Cross is partially amended. Two doors are drilled at its base. The initial rose is replaced by a large window. With the side chapels, it is the main part of the building which, aesthetically, does not date from the first period of its construction. The portals there are for example overcome high gables. Between 1555 and 1697 it gradually closed the chapels by stone fences.

    I am terrible of descriptions but you must see it take my word for it.

    Cathedral Notre Dame de Laon the nave looking back to the organ the cloister of the Cathedral another passing of the Cathedral Notre Dame
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    Cathedral St Gervais et St Protais, Soissons

    by gwened Written Jun 2, 2014

    one of the wonderful cathedrals of France, and here is the Catholic site of the parrish.
    http://www.soissons.catholique.fr/accueil-soissons.html

    There is a Church here since the 5C but the current one ,the third of its history was started in 1176AD,and continues for 3 centuries!. The célébration on the dedication of it was done in April 25, 1479.

    The very wide and bright Cathedral Choir was built between 1197 and 1212. It is surrounded by a large ambulatory on which open five radiating chapels. The North and South side nave dates from the years 1212 to 1230. The Western facade of the building dates from the mid-13C. The construction of the North arm of the transept began at the end of the 13C and continued at the beginning of the next century. It is its superb glass roof with a rose window. At the same time, the construction of the South Tower of the Western facade, inspired by those of Notre-Dame de Paris, progressed, but very slowly, as the works were stalled in the middle of the 14C due to the hundred years war.

    The region tourist office is here in English
    http://www.visiter-la-champagne-ardenne.com/en/aisne/soissons/religious-site/cathedral-st-gervais-st-protais-of-soissons/description#.U4zM0cKKBjo

    I have Soissons tourist office in contact but in French.

    Cathedral St Gervais et St Protais back! the chasse of Ste Ursula in Cathedral the altar of Cathedral St Gervais et St Protais saint crepin relicat in Cathedral
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    basilique Notre-Dame de Brebières,Albert

    by gwened Written Dec 16, 2013

    a magnificent Church on top of a bunker of the museum of the Somme in Albert, picardie.

    Notre-Dame-de-Brebières constituted one of the meccas of Marian pilgrimage in Picardy since the 11th and 12th century. At the end of the 19th century, the pilgrimage was fervor with the whole of the Marian devotion (such as La Salette and Lourdes).

    Basilica Notre-Dame de Brebières was built under the leadership of Anicet Godin, curé-doyen of Albert from 1882 to 1913. It replaced the parish church, built after the fire of 1660 and completed in 1705, become too petite to accommodate the growing faithful by reason of the development of the city during the industrial revolution.

    This church was built in Basilica minor by Pope Léon XIII, who called it "Lourdes of the North".

    The building of the Basilica necessitated the concreting of the bed of the anchor which flows under the choir on a length of 27 meters. The elevation was carried out on the plans of the architect Edmond Duthoit from 1885 to 1897. After his death in 1889, the conduct of the work was entrusted to Henri Bernard, his principal collaborateur. The tower-porch, high 62 m, was topped by a dome with a golden statue of the Virgin, work by Albert Roze, Amiens sculptor.

    In 1915, a shell hit the dome supporting the statue, which bowed but remained in a precarious and impressive balance. This event gave birth to a legend: "when the Virgin of Albert fall, the war will end" said poilus and tommies. Photography of the destroyed Basilica and its "leaning Virgin" was sent around the world by the soldiers to their families - in postcard - and contributed to global fame.

    The basilica was rebuilt identically by architect Louis Duthoit, son of Edmond Duthoit, between 1927 and 1931.

    A replica of the "Golden Virgin" due also to Albert Roze was re-installed during the reconstruction of the building from 1927 to 1929. The roof of the dome and the gilding of the statue was recently restored.

    Just on the right side of the Basilica, is the entrance to the Musée Somme 1916
    wonderful place you must see it.
    beautiful info in French could be translated
    http://www.tourisme-paysducoquelicot.com/images/stories/TOURISME/BROCHURES/brochurebasilique.pdf

    basilique Notre-Dame de Brebi��res altar of basilica chapel of the Virgen the Virgen on top
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    Historial de la Grande Guerre Peronne

    by gwened Written Oct 28, 2013

    A wonderful museum Inside a feodal castle of fame. Great for the whole family at Peronne, dept Somme 80 , in Picardie.
    In 1992, a group of enthusiasts convince the city mayor to transform a project of WWII into an international centre for research. A white concrete building was built to welcome the project within the castle where stood in 1468 the interview between Louis XI, King of France and Charles the bold, Duke of Burgundy.

    The most terrible moments of the first world war include the battle of the Somme, as tragic as the battle of Verdun: from July to November 1916, she made, all nationalities taken together, more than one million deaths, injuries and of the "disappeared". The place is design to showcase man at the center of conflict, comparing the three main warring countries - Germany, France, and the United Kingdom - in areas affecting life in the front and rear.

    Its museography highlights value of items and authentic documents. It compares cultural productions (industrial, craft and artistic) of societies in war through approaches cross between civilians and soldiers of the three nations of origin.

    You followed a chronological order of rooms with the history such as

    Central Hall
    The central room is designed as a pivot around which revolve the other four rooms. It provides a representation of anonymous faces from before 1914 and the series of the fifty etchings Der Krieg ("war") made in 1924 by Otto Dix, artist committed voluntary and traumatized by his experience of the fire.

    Room I the pre-war, the causes of the conflict
    Maps and objects present Europe and its tensions before August 1914. The British empire of George V, the Germany of Wilhelm II, the Republic of Raymond Poincaré are competing for the colonies, economic opportunities as well as military and cultural spheres of influence. The museographic presentation draws a picture of pre-war companies that combine a great economic modernity in representations of the world and the war that are still those of the 19th century.

    Room II's entry into the war at the battle of the Somme (1914-1916)
    Uniforms and weapons are presented in ditches cut in the parquet symbolizing the life in the trenches. The rear is mentioned in windows where newspapers, daily life objects, period films illustrate the themes of societies in war. All of this room also recalls that the war was immediately world by troops around the world and in particular the colonies.

    Room III of the battle of the Somme to the Armistice, the aggregation of the war (1917-1918)
    This room shows the total war: the windows reveal the mobilization psychological and economic of the civilian population in the war effort. The curved line of furniture is a translation of the slow progression of time and acceleration to the German defeat and the Armistice. Ditches demonstrate the vulnerability of the soldier facing considerable efforts to develop new technologies of war.

    Room IV after the war, the consequences of the conflict
    This room is about the complexity of the war and its multiple effects in the short and long output, as well as the private and official commemoration. The Germany's political and economic difficulties, political threats to his defeat, as well as local reconstruction are recalled in the context of the difficult return to peace, but also attempts to find alternatives to war.

    short Film in audiovisual room
    The audiovisual room finally, presents a short film by 30 minutes designed by historian Laurent Veray, and devoted to the battle of the Somme (1 July 1916 - November 1916), projected on a large screen and divided into three parts. Archival footage and testimony from soldiers alternate in a confrontation of representations related to the three belligerents

    another jewel of history not to be missed.
    admission is 7,50€ and hours are High season (1er april to 30 november) :every day from 10h- 18h. Low season from December 1st from 9h30 to 17h . closed the wednesdays from September 15.It is close annually from Dec 16 to February 28

    access from Amiens or Saint Quentin. its close to the autoroute A1 and thats how I came here from amiens by car. The TGV Haute Picardie Peronne Flamicourt leaves you close so a taxi will do.

    chateau museum of la grande guerre WWI inside WWI museum room weapons and uniforms uniforms in museum collection of history from WWI
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    museum of the Somme 1916,Albert

    by gwened Written Oct 28, 2013

    a wonderful museum of the events of ww1 in the area of Picardie, in the Somme dept.80 north of paris. admission is 5,50€ adults and all Worth it. The museum is open
    From the 1st of February through to the 30th of March 2013: 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm.
    From the 1st of April through to 30th of September 2013: 9am to 6pm non-stop.
    From the 1st of October through to the 30th of November 2013 : 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm
    From the 1st of December through to the 20th of December 2013: 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm

    The museum is located at the base of the Basilica, Notre Dame de Brebiere, at the heart of the town square. It is 5 minutes on foot from train station , here is the Schedule
    http://telechargement.ter-sncf.com/Images/Picardie/Tridion/01_FH__Amiens_-_Lille__-_A_compter_du_31mars__-__V1_du__19_03_tcm-29-86593.pdf

    some history on the museum
    The Somme 1916 Museum is housed in an underground which served as an air raid shelter for the population during World War II to ten metres deep and over a length of 230 m. sound input is located to the right of the Basilica Notre-Dame de Brebières.

    Late 1991,the Somme 1916 Association is created , a team supervised an insertion site who undertook the work of rehabilitation and compliance of an existing underground. The Museum opened its doors on July 1, 1992.

    Collections to see. This underground Museum located 10 meters below ground consists of fifteen alcoves (or "shelters"), share and more a gallery of 250 meters long. In the Gallery, arms and military equipment are displayed in showcases, as well as posters, newspaper articles and photos. In the alcoves reconstructed the everyday life of the soldiers in the trenches during the Franco-British offensive of 1916. The explanatory signs are written in German, English, French and Dutch.
    scenes of trenches (German, Australian, British, Canadian or French)
    infirmary scene
    scene for rest and entertainment of soldiers
    scene of attack (at the exit of the underground), during the battle of the Somme.

    To complete the visit, the heroes Gallery traces the course of some characters who have distinguished themselves during the battle of the Somme:
    George Butterworth,
    John McCrae,
    Percy Cherry,
    Paul Hannecart, a hairy.
    Lucien Laby, French physician, author of a newspaper war, the notebooks of the aspiring Laby, written hot and not subsequently reworked. It reflects the cruelty of the great war and the violence of the clashes, from the Marne to the Chemin des Dames, through Verdun and the Somme.
    Berthe Mouchette, French painter and art teacher
    Max Pechstein,
    Joseph Sadi-Lecointe
    Marcelle Senner, French nurse.

    Also, see projection of documentaries on the great war. Animation on the equipment of the soldier at the front. The exit of the Museum, provides access to the public garden where flows the anchor under the remains of the ramparts of the town of Albert.

    a memorable place indeed.

    the main entrance to museum Somme front of museum of the Somme 1916 tunnels of museum of Somme display cabinet with items from the Somme battle side building of the museum of the Somme
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    Beauvais

    by grayfo Written Aug 16, 2012

    Beauvais is famous for its impressive cathedral but is also a town where there is plenty to do. From visiting one of the many historic monuments or museums, going out for a drink or a meal, looking for entertainment or shopping, Beauvais has it all. It is located south of Amiens and 41 miles north of Paris. It is on both the Autoroute du Nord and Route National 1

    June 2012

    See My Travel Page for more information.

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