Poissy Travel Guide

  • the back organ
    the back organ
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  • the chapel of assumption and the child
    the chapel of assumption and the child
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  • on my way to the collegiale Notre Dame
    on my way to the collegiale Notre Dame
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    by gwened Written Nov 16, 2013

    A wonderful building Church whre the future king and later saint Saint Louis was born and baptised on April 25 1214.

    It is a must and easy from Paris on SNCF train from Saint Lazare or RER A.

    a bit of history,
    The choir, which is not in the axis of the nave, is oriented in the direction of the rising sun on 15 August, day of the dedication of the Church of our Lady of the assumption. Inside, the most ancient capitals are in the last two spans North: their iconography (bestiary, plant motifs,...) is typically Romanesque. The four capitals in the choir were carved in 1150.
    There are many treasures bequeathed by centuries of history: the stones of the baptismal font for St. Louis, original gravestones, decorated with splendid woodwork early 18th century chapel, the Chair on casters of the convent of the Ursulines, a Cavaillé-Coll-Mutineer organ. This church is named for college because it was entrusted, from the 13th century to the French Revolution, to a college of canons. It has suffered over the centuries (hundred years war, French wars of Religion, frond).

    Beautiful statues invite contemplation: Isabella of France, daughter of saint Louis, from the Priory, is the work of the sculptors of Philippe Bel (1300); a Baptist imposing designating the lamb in a circle, a symbol of eternity (14th century); a beautifully hanchee Saint Barbe which has preserved its polychromy (15th); an amazing update at the tomb of the 16th century; Notre-Dame de Poissy, inspired by the seal of the canons of the collegiate church, due to the skew of the Duchess of Uzès (1892); a St. Louis teenager, work of the sculptor Felix Fevola (1939)...

    wonderful, you must see it

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    by gwened Updated Nov 16, 2013

    a wonderful church and another royal town of France, very easy to reach from Paris even by train, RER A leaves you just five mins from church,and city center as well as sncf trains from gare St Lazare.Open every day from 8h to 19h

    The main element here is an old stone baptismal shell that is said to be the one Louis IX was baptised ,the future Saint Louis. He was born here, and baptised on April 25 1214!!

    The silhouette of the collegiate church is original because of the alignment of its Romanesque twin steeples of octagonal shape. Outside, the bestiary of the gargoyles dominates the porch from the 15th century to admire the two lunettes. The right one represents putti riding sea monsters, the left a symbolic evocation of the Annunciation: straight and curved rays descending from the sky, accompanied by a dove, and a vase with fleurs de lys Recalling the virginity of Mary.

    Another nice Church not a cathedral but a collegiale =college from where the training of priest takes place.

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    by gwened Updated Nov 16, 2013

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    toys museum in an old abbey cloister, wonderful unique from the history of dolls from the Parisien to Barbie, to led, metal and wood soldiers, its a magical world for kids or those kids minds around here ::)
    A must when in town
    Musée du Jouet - 1 enclos de l'Abbaye - Tél. 01 39 65 06 06
    Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9 h 30 - 12 h and 14 h - 17 h 30
    Closed Mondays and Holidays.

    It used to be the priory of Saint-Louis de Poissy,an old monastery of the Dominicans founded in Poissy in the 14C. It depended of the diocese of Chartres and the province of Sens from 1304 to 1622. it was practically all destroyed during the French revolution and today the only remaining part is the building call the « Porterie » that houses today the toys museum.

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    Cafe L'Instant bar, resto

    by gwened Written Apr 8, 2012

    One of my hangoust when in town, across from covered market and Hotel de Ville,and walking distance to all to see and do come by train station. The driving is ok too plenty of parking.
    Friendly staff, wonderful lively ambiance at any hour, and a great terrace over the pl de la Republique

    Favorite Dish: menu of the day whatever is fresh, and drinks, today was drinks with the boys before Easter dinner at home.

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    by gwened Written Apr 8, 2012

    wonderful center in my area whre needed to come many times, you have SNCF trains from Gare St lazare, and RER A as well as a great bus station next door. Then walk to all sights in town.

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    by gwened Written Apr 8, 2012

    GReat market in an old slaughterhouse, now the covered market sells good beef,seafood,fish,poultry, you name it, then outside you have a flea market type with the rest,all across from Hotel de Ville/theater,and walking distance from train station; great for Fridays and SUndays mornings.
    Done from 1825-1832 and renovated by Baltard in 1852 (of the Halles of Paris et al.)

    What to buy: anything you come for in a flea and food market

    What to pay: best prices ,better than Paris

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Poissy Off The Beaten Path

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    by gwened Written Apr 8, 2012

    wonderful institutions in Poissy, the Chateau is not visited, but you can go into the park,and walks its lustrous trees and shapely trims, wonderful small lake, and little farm. You go into the parc and its just beauty looking down on escalated hills towards the road N13 and the river Seine.
    just outside city limits, but can be walk from train station in about 15 minutes.

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    Hotel de Ville and Theater

    by gwened Written Apr 8, 2012

    rather unique combination since 1935 of a city hall or hotel de ville and a theater, salle Moliére now full theater since 1937. right across from covered market. Cant missed it,great performance in an unique setting.Easy from SNCF or RER train station walks to this.

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    by gwened Written Oct 31, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Poissy is a royal town of France, been here the local son Louis IX, baptised at the collegiale Notre Dame and later Saint Louis. It is easy to reach from Paris on the RER A and trains out of gare Saint Lazare.

    the Seine river passes by here too, and you have wonderful restos on peniches barges along it as well as walks, and an old bridge of yesteryear still kept in portions. My pictures is at a cloudy foggy day so its looks surreal great.

    Enjoy Poissy, one more great town of the Yvelines dept 78. Ile de France region.

    Fondest memory: walking along the Seine and having a blast at a barge restaurant.

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    Mar 22, 2014 at 3:11 AM

    The crown of thorn brought to France by Saint Louis will be shown to the public here at Poissy, where King Louis IX (Saint Louis) was born and baptised. Its marking the 800 years of Saint Louis with three days of celebration.

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