29 juillet 2007

The large staircase

  Inside the base, an immense staircase, called staircase of deaths. Uneven  20 meters separates the departure from the staircase of the level of the church and its pavement, which makes it particularly stiff. Where the first steps are assembled, on the left side, a pillar wich is 18 meters hight. Its large arcs which take support on him support the chorus of the church. Northern side, two occulus. That of North is shifted compared to the window of the lower part. My opinion is that the architect... [Lire la suite]
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29 juillet 2007

The door of the zodiac

  The staircase of dead opens with the light. It is necessary to pass in front of the door of the zodiac. Perhaps the amounts of marble which decorate it come from Saint-Etienne, the vault, known as the sepulchre of the monks. It seems that they are not on their site of origin. Their symbolic system can be changed. The door and a good part of its decoration is the work of master Nicholaus, the architect of the part of XIIth century of the Sacra. On one of the pilasters, he signed its name:  “Vos qui transitis... [Lire la suite]
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29 juillet 2007

The church

After having passed the door of the zodiac, we arrive in the last staircases leading to the porch of the church. The buttresses are from XIXth century, but there remain some original steps which turned behind the apses when the staircase of dead did not exist. The gate It was built by the architects of Hugues de Montboissier at the beginning of XIIth century. Realized out of green and gray stone, made up of several arcs, edges and cords, it is supported by a series of semi-columns characterized by floral... [Lire la suite]
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29 juillet 2007

Towards the monastery

  Ruins From the terrace of the church, the imposing ruins of the large monastery built between XIIth and XIVth century are offered to the sight. It is here, which during centuries, the old fortress of the Ligurians drew up, then the Roman castrum. It is the part of the abbey which occupies greatest surface. It extended in direction from the North-West on nearly 50 meters. the powerful arcades recall that this part of the monastery had the capacity of reception necessary for a great number of monks. The high... [Lire la suite]
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12 juin 2007

The black virgin of Meillers

Since always, Meillers and its area were devoted to the goddess-mother, then with the virgin. The black virgin of Meillers is a virgin in majesty of XI th century, which was strengthened in XV th. the popular belief makes of it a gift of Saint Louis and the history would like that it was brought back from Palestine by a lord of Bourbon. There were in Moulins two black virgins, of which one works of a local sculptor. The black virgin stopped in 1655 the fire which started to destroy the city, by the action of an inhabitant... [Lire la suite]
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12 juin 2007

The church St Michel in Guard-Adhémar

The borough of the Guard-Adhémar preserved its medieval structure, enclosed in ramparts in edge of a rocky outcrop dominating the plain of Pierrelatte. This plain was colonized at the Roman time by the veterans of the Roman legions (I th century). Recent archaeological research revealed many traces of human occupation, partly related to a wine activity. Via Agrippa to the foot Guard passed. Traces of Gallo-Roman habitat are located in the... [Lire la suite]
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12 juin 2007

The valley of the nymphs

The valley of the nymphs, still wrapped mysteries, fact part of these places which one says inspired. Wonder that of a so hard and ungrateful rock spouts out continument a pure and limpid water. Not astonishing that for at least three millenia, of the men have fixed themselves around these sources which ensured the life to them. There Tricastins were not undoubtedly the first to be established. Later, the Romans marked their... [Lire la suite]
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12 juin 2007

The church Saint-Pierre in Yzeure

Yzeure would come from Gallic Iciodorum. Two possible translations: Itio would be a name of anybody (Itis) and dorum means small village: the town of Itius. Or: Icio - itio - iccio is the Gallic adjective related to water and Dorum indicates the door, in the direction of the passage. As we say, “running water”, the Gallic ones said “busy water”. I prefer the second explanation… As it is known, often, a high-place is posed on a crossing of subsoil water currents. A monastery... [Lire la suite]
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12 juin 2007

Cathedral Saint Vincent de Viviers

Viviers draws its name from the fish ponds (viviers in french) which fed to it near Gallo-Roman city to Alba (Aps). It remains in the district of the castle of the traces of a Roman presence. With V th century, transfer of évêché in the Vivarium antique, oppidum of Helviens, after the destruction of the capital, Alba . Excavations made it possible to discover the remainders of an ancient place and a base of villa with collonades.The bishop is lord of the city, and the economic and social life is organized little by... [Lire la suite]
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12 juin 2007

Notre-Dame de Montcham

With the top of the borough of Châteauneuf, in the east of Viviers, Notre-Dame de Montcham, perched on its hill, the valley of the Rhone supervises.
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