08 août 2007

The dolmen of Pierre Luteau in Ruan (Loiret)

Ruan, whose name means “Street” in Old Latin, was called “Ruata” into 870. It was discovered there an old Gallo-Roman villa. This village has a church of XIIth century, Saint-Felix. A dolmen was found, Pierre Luteau, nested in the middle of the fields, nearest the locality “Le Montant”. It is property of the district and was registered in the historic buildings in 1992.He suffered, but remains a rather rare witness of the Neolithic time in Beauce.  Many legends are attached to it, hawked by the popular tradition,... [Lire la suite]
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08 août 2007

The Godon stone, in Tillay-le-Peneux (Eure et Loir)

Tillay-le-Peneux is a small town in the conty of Orgères-in-Beauce. Mentioned under the name of Tilietum-Pagani, Tilletum in 1198, Teillay-le-Pesneux in 1629. The name comes from the lime-trees present on the territory since a long time.Close to the locality of Soignoles stand the dolmen known as the Godon stone. Excavations were carried out there by Guy Richard, of the regional service of the Archaeology of Orleans. It brought its classification under the Historical Monuments in 1979. At the time of the excavations,... [Lire la suite]
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08 août 2007

The church St. Lawrence d' Outarville

Outarville is a city of 750 inhabitants. Located in Beauce at 20 km in the West of Pithiviers, it is bordering the Eure et Loir. The St. Lawrence church was remade in XVIIth and was restored at the XIXth century. Registered with the additional inventory of the historic buildings, it has a before-porch of XIXth, which shelter a Roman gate with semicircular arch, its bell is dated 1656.It is the third church of Outarville. The first was built during the XIIth century. The cemetery was joined there, in the south, where the... [Lire la suite]
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07 août 2007

The "Pierre-clouée" of Andonville

Andonville is a french little town located in the department of Loiret (45). Its church, built in XIVth century, under the term of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Wolf, was in the beginning a castral vault. It was included in the strengthened enclosure. A kind of crypt or vault, in the undergrounds, contains the tombs of the lords of the place. One still finds remainders of foundations of the castle, destroyed in the XIXth century, and an enclosure. Actually,the pilgrimage of Saint-Wolf is still attended. Near to the village,... [Lire la suite]
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05 août 2007

The church of Salt-in-Donzy

In between Forez, Lyonnais and Roannais, the Morning Mountains are nested in a framework of small valleys and hills, nearby of the Lyonnais Mounts and the river  Loire Salt-in-Donzy, nested in these mountains, has an antic and rich past. Men left there marks of all the times: from Gallo-roman period, where an activity develop itself nearby the thermal baths to the medieval time  with the site of Donzy, the church of Roman style, priory… But also far before, attested by the discovery  of the prehistoric site ... [Lire la suite]
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04 août 2007

The abbey of Noirlac, history

Before the appearance of the cistercians, quite even the arrival of the Romans, the area saw the man of Heidelberg (related with the family of the homo erectus). The many prospections in the river Cher gave place to discovered very old industries, of which there remain to us tools, cut in the rollers. Quite still, at the beginning of Jurassic, the area is covered with a not very deep hot sea in edge of the Central Massif. An important sedimentation generates deposits, qualified of Hettangien according to the determination... [Lire la suite]
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04 août 2007

The abbey church

After having crossed the arcade, remains long arched passage which formed the entry of the fence, we are in front of the abbey church. The gate of entry, on the Western frontage, was in XIIIth century preceded by a porch of 4 arched spans. The church takes again the cistercian plan in cross, composed of two spans with flat bedside, opened on the transept crossing whose each brace carries, in the East, two vaults.The nave includes 8 arched spans of warheads and is composed of an alongside central vessel of two sides.... [Lire la suite]
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04 août 2007

The cloister

The cloister serves by its galleries all the essential parts of the abbey: the chapter house, the sacristy, the room of the monks, the refectory.Its galleries open on a garden whose well is eccentric. One can imagine that a first cloister, square, existed before the reconsrtuction of the current one. Its groined vaults are still visible in the galleries north and south. The rebuilding started with the galleries north, against the church, then western, against the storeroom. The posts make it possible to allot these... [Lire la suite]
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04 août 2007

The chapter house

It is the neatest part and most remarkable. It dates from XIIIth century. It is the place where the community meet, where the abbot exerted his magistery and where he pointed out the chapters of the rule. Moreover, the brothers convers were entitled to the chapter, but were not entitled to the “voice”. “Not to have a say” was often deformed by “not being entitled to the chapter”…The rectangular space of 12,64 m out of 8,48 m is organized in two naves forming six square spans arched on intersecting ribs, whose ... [Lire la suite]
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04 août 2007

The room of the monks

The room of the monks date from the XIIth century. This part is decorated of a chimney, perhaps added on a later date. The large windows date from the XVIIIth century.This room, very altered, preserved its groined vault. On the chimney, two leaned sticks of abbot, emblematic image of the  cistercian order.It was to be used as scriptorium.      
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