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The Saint-Austremoine abbey is one of the five so-called “major” Romanesque churches in Auvergne. The exterior looks like a giant checkerboard due to the use of the local rock, basalt. The curious can look for their zodiac sign there, they are all represented. Inside, the black and white gives way to an explosion of colors, a polychromy of the 13th century, but which owes its splendor to the restoration of the 19th century. The life of Christ, the Last Supper, the Resurrection ... take place there as in a comic strip, but in relief!
Located on the loops of the Seine, Jumièges Abbey, 50 m high, is one of the oldest Benedictine monasteries in Normandy. Its white stones like the chalk of the neighboring cliffs, its high romantic towers, its wooded park, and the multiple viewpoints make this historic site a place to visit absolutely.
These troubled times give us time to read and leave with our thoughts in the country. Alain Fournier, who died at 28 years old as a soldier on the front lines of the First World War, wrote only one book, but which book "Le Grand Meaulne", a novel which is a panorama of imaginary places refers to the Cher, the countryside where he lived. On March 12, he entered the Pleiade with his novel and a choice of letters and documents. Here are some of these places.
Between Evreux and Dreux, discover the military cemetery of 19,794 German soldiers who fell in Normandy during the Second World War. The cemetery was mainly formed during the advance of Allied troops to Paris and the Seine. The American Burial Service buried its own soldiers and German soldiers there. A contemporary chapel was built in 1964, and a reception room provides historical commentary.
The 25 km of Chemin des Dames is punctuated with many memories of the Great War. The French and German necropolises of course, but also more surprising statues. The Sentinels: "Constellation of the pain" of Christian Lapie, inaugurated in 2007 are in tribute to the African soldiers, the Senegalese tirailleurs fallen to this place. This of Napoleon commemorates the victory of Craonne by the French troops March 7, 1814 against the troops Russian and Prussian. The Ladies' Way seems like an eternal fighting place ...
The Abbey of Fontevraud in Anjou is one of the largest monastic center, indeed, it is not a monastery but up to four who have been present in its enclosure! There are only two left, but the whole remains well preserved, Prosper Mérimée did not hesitate to put the abbey of Fontevraud on the first list of the historic monuments in 1840 and the UNESCO inserted it in his world Heritage. The fame of the place owes much to the Plantagenets who made it their necropolis, Aliénor of Aquitaine and Richard Coeur de Lion were buried there.
There is today's Sicily with its beaches and typical villages and Sicily of old still visible with its ancient cities like Tyndaris or Segesta. The temples, the theaters, the baths are proudly standing giving the impression that time has stopped setting a majestic period.
ce sont les 600 ans de la mort de ce grand homme, fils, frère et oncle de roi. Dans toute la France, des manifestations sont revenues sur son œuvre, de nombreux palais: Bourges, Poitiers.. mais il était aussi amateur d'art, initiateur des très riches heures du Duc de Berry.