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In Paris, the Cluny Museum will soon reopen its doors

esigned by architect Bernard Desmoulins was added in 2018. Initially conceived as a museum of national antiquities, it gradually specialized in the Middle Ages. It was in 1992 that it officially received the name national museum of the Middle Ages. Its collections currently number 24,000 works ...

24
Mar
2022

Carnival of Nice

Origins and traditions The etymology of the word Carnival is 'carne levare ', which literally means 'to remove the flesh'. Since the Middle Ages, the people of Nice, before fasting for 40 days and to better celebrate this cheerful period, enjoyed a fat, rich and copious cuisine and let themselves ...

23
Jan
2007

The Medieval Festival of Provins: a great medieval festival

UNESCO World Heritage Site. A journey through time The Médiévales de Provins offers each year in June a life-size reconstruction of daily life in the Middle Ages. During these two days of celebration, troubadours, acrobats, musicians, feast makers, merchants and craftsmen animate the streets ...

04
June
2009

The garden arroche: a forgotten vegetable

is grown for its edible leaves, which come in multiple colors: green, red, yellow, pink and even purple! Its cultivation was very common from the Middle Ages until the 19th century as long as it is easy to sow this plant. It was then replaced by spinach popularized in France in the 17th century. ...

07
Sep
2022

The Lyon Festival of Lights: a tradition since 1852

The origins of the festival The history of the Fête des lumières de Lyon is intimately linked to Lyon's religious history. Since the Middle Ages, the city of Lyon has venerated the Virgin Mary, but it was more precisely in 1643, during a plague epidemic, that the city of Lyon placed itself under ...

13
Nov
2007

Gothic architecture: presentation and characteristics

able to color it with stained glass. These stained glass windows depicting biblical scenes, the lives of the saints, or sometimes daily life in the Middle Ages served to edify the faithful, in the manner of a catechism in images. They also participated in the symbolism of divine light and were in ...

25
Mar
2008

The commedia dell'arte: origins and characters

t are the origins of commedia dell'arte? Commedia dell'arte is attested in Italy around 1550, but its origins are said to go back to the farces of the Middle Ages. This theatrical genre is said to have originated with the first prose comedy by Angelo Beolco, known as Ruzzante. This form of popula ...

23
Feb
2011

The Colosseum: an emblematic monument of Rome

Yet, in the 1st century AD, this amphitheatre was called 'Flavian amphitheatre', after the dynasty of emperors who had it built. It was not until the Middle Ages that the building took its current name, in reference to a colossal statue of Nero located nearby. This amphitheatre is the largest eve ...

08
Dec
2011

Gold and Silver Wonders: an exceptional exhibition in the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel

r centuries The pieces that will be exhibited in the Salle des Hôtes of Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey are representative of different eras, ranging from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Thanks to the Gold and Silver Wonders exhibition, visitors will be able to learn more about ancient know-how and ...

28
July
2021

The Night of the Castles: a magical event

me visitors for night visits off the beaten track. Don't miss this unique opportunity to discover or rediscover magnificent estates dating from the Middle Ages to the 18th century! A fun way to preserve heritage The start-up Dartagnans, created in 2015 to support castle owners in the restorat ...

14
Oct
2021

Franche-Comté: 5 good reasons to visit Montbéliard in winter

ies, we should particularly mention la verquelure, a woven fabric characteristic of the Montbéliard region. This fabric, whose manufacture dates back to the Middle Ages, was once used to cover pillows, bolsters and quilts or to make tablecloths and towels. Today, this know-how has been redisc ...

10
Nov
2021

Christmas in Alsace: 5 ideas for an unforgettable stay

e local traditions over the centuries. At the castle, there are no garlands of lights! The Christmas trees are decorated with apples and hosts as in the Middle Ages. This year, the temporary exhibition is devoted to festive tableware, with earthenware and porcelain from the 1900s and pewter po ...

17
Nov
2021

Sélestat: 5 things to do there

to take a tour in the tanners' district. On the Quai des tanneurs, you can admire half-timbered houses dating from three different periods: - the Middle Ages (late 13th -15th centuries) - the Rhenish Renaissance (15th-17th centuries) - the 18th century. The most remarkable half- ...

02
Dec
2021

Cemetery: all the practical information in 7 questions

1- What are the opening hours? Cemeteries are burial spaces open to the public during the day. You may freely enter a cemetery, even if you are not a resident of the community and no family member is buried there. In cemeteries, including some famous ones such as the Père-Lachaise cemetery i ...

16
Feb
2022

Visiting Narbonne: 5 must-see things to do in the city

the vineyards and tastings of course! On the departmental road 613, stop at the famous abbey of Fontfroide to discover this architectural treasure of the Middle Ages and its wonderful gardens. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Côte du Midi (@cotedumidi_official) ...

24
Aug
2022

Ascros : 5 good reasons to visit this village in the Alpes-Maritimes

ns have also been found here, testifying to the occupation of the place during antiquity. The commune has preserved several testimonies dating from the Middle Ages, starting with the castle of Ascros, whose remains dominate the village. Copyright: Audrey Vautherot The history of this ...

30
Aug
2022

Locronan in Brittany: 5 things to do on site

1- Visit the church of Saint-Ronan Locronan owes its name to Saint-Ronan, the hermit who founded the town in the 10th century. Today, the commune's church is dedicated to this saint. The church of Saint-Ronan was built in the 15th century by the Dukes of Brittany. This majestic granite building ...

21
Sep
2022