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    Brou Church: The Cloisters

    by hquittner Written Nov 16, 2008
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    At all monasteries there are cloisters. At Brou they are three in number, of which we visited only the largest which was built at the same time as the other buildings (1506). The upper floor was the monk's dormitories which today houses the deparmental museum (art,etc) which we did not visit. The use of sculptor-stoneworkers was not exhausted inside the mausolem and it is manifested in figured decorations of the lower brackets (modillions) of the arches of the covered galleries.

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    Brou Church: Chapel of Margaret of Austria

    by hquittner Written Nov 13, 2008
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    The Chapel of Margaret contains both her Tomb and the reredos of the Seven Joys of the Virgin.(See separate Tip) It is tall and well decorated . It also contains remarkable stained glass windows which should not be missed ( we have no pictures of this).

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    Brou Church: Mausoleum of Margaret of Austria

    by hquittner Written Nov 13, 2008
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    The Tomb of Margaret of Austria, the donor of this edifice, lies in a specially designed chapel to the North. It has a tall elaborately sculpted canopy and it also contains two effigies. On the tomb are protective Sibyls as gracefull statuettes.

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    Brou Church: Mausoleum of Philibert the Fair

    by hquittner Written Nov 13, 2008
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    The Tomb of Philibert the Fair, has two effigies (in life above, and in death below). His handsome head rests on a pillow and there is a lion at his feet as well as numerous cherubs all around. The tomb is in the center of the apse.

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    Brou Church: Mausoleum of Margaret of Bourbon

    by hquittner Written Nov 13, 2008
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    The Tomb of Margaret of Bourbon, mother of Philibert, is the simplest of the three tombs. It lies at the South side of the choir area. She lies on a black marble slab with her head resting on a pillow and a grayhound at her feet. Below, the slab is supported by pleurants and proclaiming cherubs.

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    See "The Seven Joys of the Virgin" Retable

    by hquittner Written Nov 11, 2008
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    The retable of the “Seven Joys of the Virgin” is carved in whitel marble and is set in the Chapel of Margaret of Austria. It is surrounded by statues and contains seven scenes. At the bottom are an Annunciation and a Visitation while above is a central Assumption with pairs of lateral panels of a Nativity and an Adoration of the Magi below, topped by a Christ Appearing to His Mother and a Pentecost above.

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    Do Not Miss the Church Furnishings

    by hquittner Written Nov 11, 2008
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    The church is filled with superb 16C stained glass (some of it copied from works of Durer) but we only took a picture of one window ina chapel of the North Transept showing the Incredulity of Thomas. Another remarkable item is a black marble baptismal font near the front door. Equally interesting are the carved choir stalls , especially the arm rests and fanciful misericords.

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    Examine the Church Interior

    by hquittner Written Nov 11, 2008
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    The church has been deconsecrated, and it and the Mausoleum are considered works of Art. The detail is so precise that one hates to miss even the smallest nuance. It is Flamboyant Gothic with Renaissance flourishes achieved in the period of 1513-32. The stonework is by master craftsmen working from illustrations (some derived from Durer), as is the stained glass and woodcarving. The nave is tall and wide with double aisles. The north lateral aisles are separated by a wooden screen. The choir is sealed from the worshippers by a jube (choir screen) with three basket handle arches topped by 7 statues. The vaulting is graceful. and there is a balustrade below the clerestory windows which provide plenty of light.

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    Study the West Portals of the Church of Brou

    by hquittner Written Nov 10, 2008
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    The West Portals of the church is a carefully carved Renaissance masterpiece. It is a double doorway with a statue of St. Nicholas of Tolentino (to whom the church is dedicated) on the central pillar. The tympanum shows Philibert the Handsome and Margaret of Austria (his wife and donor of the church) and also Margaret of Bourbon, whose vow led to the donation, facing a Christ Bound. The enclosing sculpture is excessively floral and symbolic and includes statues of Peter and Paul on the flanks of the doorways. The doors are topped by windows between which is a statue of St. Andrew. All of this leads to a large gable above.

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    alambi

    by sylvie-uk Updated Jan 17, 2005

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    alambi

    this was used (and still is illegally) to produce a very strong white clear alcohol drink called either "Alambi" or "Eau de vie".
    This one as been used as decoration entrance of a house and can be seen in the village of Cerdon.
    It s either drunk by pourring a bit on a sugar piece or is drunk as what french call a "trou normand" which is a pause in a middle of a meal.
    Be careful if you are offered some as some of them can have up to 70% alcohol.

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    bresse museum

    by sylvie-uk Updated Sep 10, 2004

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    bresse museum

    the outside of the museum left exactly as the way it was in these times.
    It is not allowed to take pictures inside the house.
    the visit was in french but i would guess they have someone speaking english.

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    the Bresse museum

    by sylvie-uk Updated Aug 17, 2004

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    Bresse museum

    This farm is from 1603 and represent the local and rural "bressane" achitecture between the 15th century and the 18th century.
    the inside has been kept with the furniture they had at this time.
    the entrance is about 4.5 euros.
    check out the opening times as it varies a lot. it s closed on tuesdays

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    the Brou museum

    by sylvie-uk Updated Aug 17, 2004

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    brou museum

    attached to the church is also a art museum.
    you will see lyonnais paintings, painting from the regional painters, "flamand" and "hollandais" arts of the 16th and 17th century, italians painting and more.
    it s 6.10 euros to visit the church, museum and other.
    it s free for under 18.
    it s 4.10 for 18 to 25 or big families
    the access to the gardens is free.
    openning times: 9 to 18 in summer but closes at lunch time other part of year and closes at 17h in some seasons.

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    the Vonnas Village

    by sylvie-uk Updated Jul 31, 2004

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    Vonnas village

    It s one of France leading gourmet village and has a nationnal award for flowerbeds and floral decoration.
    that is where the best rated restaurant in france is based so if you are in the area, spoil yourself and have a meal in the Georges Blanc restaurant, it s expensive but something for your tastebuds to remember.

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    Cerdon village

    by sylvie-uk Updated Jul 31, 2004

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    Cerdon village

    cute village in the mountains of the Revermont area known for it s sparkling wine le "Cerdon". you can taste all the different kind of Cerdon wine in a little degustation bar(background of the picture).
    you can also visit the "cuivreries"where they make brass objects and the wine museum Caveaux de Marcheroux(0474399430, phone for opening times)

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