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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

The Sedan Medieval Festival: a weekend to experience the Middle Ages.

e on May 20th and 21st, 2023. The festival celebrates its 26th anniversary this year. Several highlights will punctuate this weekend dedicated to the Middle Ages: The Camps: You can stroll through medieval camps and historical reconstructions, featuring presentations of daily life, cuisine, weapons ...

06
May
2011

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

Guédelon: an astonishing medieval construction site to visit

âteau de Saint-Fargeau in Yonne. Following an archaeological study conducted on his château, he came up with the idea of building a castle "like in the Middle Ages." Maryline Martin, the current director of the project, helped him realize this extraordinary endeavor. Within a few months, she mana ...

07
June
2010

The Abbey of Cluny in Burgundy: a place steeped in history

perous town had developed around the abbey. A symbol of monastic renewal in the West, this Benedictine abbey was a leading intellectual center in the Middle Ages. The mother house of more than a thousand monasteries, it extended its influence and reach across all of Western Europe. It disseminated ...

28
Sep
2010

The Veraison: a medieval festival in Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Wine and the Middle Ages Véraison is the time of year when grape berries swell and begin to take on the color they will have at maturity. In Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this pivotal moment is celebrated every year on the first weekend of August. The Véraison Festival revolves around wine and the Middl ...

24
July
2012

The Christmas market of Ribeauvillé : a medieval atmosphere

A festival as in the Middle Ages Like many communes in Alsace, Ribeauvillé organizes its Christmas market every year during the month of December. But the one nicknamed the 'City of the Ménétriers' differs from the neighboring towns by immersing its visitors in a medieval atmosphere! The towe ...

11
Dec
2013

Christmas in Provins: a medieval market and many other activities

animated by troubadours, jugglers and magicians! Throughout these two days, demonstrating craftsmen will share their passion for the trades of the Middle Ages. This market of the olden days will also continue at night, with a medieval ball, candlelight and fire animations that will transform the ...

12
Nov
2014

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

Filitosa: a megalithic site in Corsica

he story of Filitosa? The archaeological site of Filitosa is a witness to over 8000 years of history as it was occupied by Neolithic people until the Middle Ages. The remains found on site mainly testify to human occupation during the Bronze Age. At that time, the site was a fortified settlement kn ...

11
Aug
2023

The Little Story of France: 5 Things to Know About W9's Short Program

shooting is underway to capture the approximately 200 sketches that make up the brand new season 5 of the program. However, whether it's recreating a sheepfold in the Middle Ages, a 17th-century castle, or an inn from the Napoleonic era, the series conceived by Jamel Debbouze does not overlook the q ...

01
Dec
2023

Estaing in Aveyron: 5 things to know about this picturesque village

second weekend of September, you will feel like you've traveled back to the 13th century! For a weekend, the entire village transports its visitors to the Middle Ages during the Médiévales d'Estaing. Troubadour troupes enliven the streets with period music and juggling, while artisans display the ...

16
July
2024

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

Badminton: 5 Unusual Facts About This Sport

he Chinese around 2000 years ago. Another precursor to badminton is the battledore and shuttlecock, a game that has been played in England since the Middle Ages. It involves keeping a shuttlecock in the air using a type of racket or paddle known as a "battledore". Badminton owes its name to a place ...

08
Feb
2008

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

Scuba Diving: 5 Things to Know About Coral

nced by remnants dating back to Prehistory. In the Mediterranean, red coral has been fished since ancient times to create objects and jewelry. During the Middle Ages, corals were attributed various magical properties and were used as talismans against witchcraft. In Greek mythology, the origin of r ...

20
Oct
2009

The Christmas markets in Colmar: a magical atmosphere

resentation A city of art and history, Colmar is adorned with lights for the holiday season. Its exceptional architectural heritage, ranging from the Middle Ages to the 19th century, is highlighted at nightfall by a subtle play of lights. Throughout December, decorated shop windows and houses contr ...

20
Nov
2009

Isle-sur-la-Sorgue: 5 things to do on site

s its two long arms around the town. With its canals and water wheels, this Provençal city truly deserves its nickname of "Venise Comtadine". In the Middle Ages, the town was actually a true island, set in the middle of marshes that were gradually drained by the digging of these canals. Don't miss ...

30
June
2010

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