When I visited this cathedral I felt like I was visiting pages in the history of France, without doubt, a page of art. The interior is very bright. I had the opportunity to see an artist who was painting pictures reflecting the lights of the cathedral. This cathedral is a masterpiece.
On our little walk through Clermont and along the left side of the Church of Saint-Samson, we found the only existing gate of the three that existed during the medieval age in this city.
Dating from the fourteenth century, this door was a necessary step to take if you wanted to get in and out of the town of Clermont in the direction of Compiegne. On top of the door was the guardroom that protected the city which at that time was surrounded by moats.
"They did not choose their graves", is the epitaph engraved on this monument. From Napoleon to Nivelle, many men have died here. The monument represents the fall of all the imprisoned bosses and the coming together of history. It was built in 1998 in memory of the soldiers of all wars. The President has promoted the rehabilitation of this place in his inaugural address.
Having visited many churches, abbeys and cathedrals in Europe, the one which has no doubt eft me more impressed by its beauty has been that of San Juan de las Viñas in Soissons. The play of light and shadow that spans the great windows and the great rose against a deep blue sky, make it unique. The construction is quite deteriorated but is currently in the process of restoration, it stands on the old Romanesque church founded by John Hill St. It belongs to the order of St. Augustine. It dates from the late twelfth to sixteenth centuries, noting for example the facade of this period, the dining room, cellar and two galleries in the cloisters from the late thirteenth century, the small Renaissance cloister and the 16th century abbot's house. As a small anecdote, I should say that during our visit which lasted around two hours we had no human company which is a luxury in order to be able to fully enjoy this place.
We came upon by chance one of the oldest libraries in France, not knowning of its existence beforehand. The wooden structure was built in 1506 and is 23 meters long and was an extension of the north arm of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Noyon. Two stories high with a gable roof, the inside is completely blind while the upper exterior has nine windows, which are also supported by a blind gallery with 10 wooden pillars. There are simple, outward signs of neglect, however it is still extremely beautiful.
The only remnant of the Fort of Saint-Jacques, former residence of the Counts of Champagne. Declared a historical monument in 1926, it was built in 1480 by Jean Balhan, and inside there is a spiral staircase, a surveillance room and a small chapel. Its tower stands at 33m high, making it visible from anywhere in the city and is topped by an octagonal roof, with two pyramids on the west side and two round towers on the east with hexagonal ceilings.
The day we visited Soissons was a holiday, and as such the museums were closed. But it was not an obstacle for us to see the outside of the Abbey of Saint-Léger which houses the municipal museum of the city. Built in the gothic style in 1139 it installed secular canons in the community and reached its height when the Count of Soisson appointed the Bishop Josswelin Vierzy. The entrance of the Protestants into the city lead to the semi-destruction of the church and convent. In 1791 it was sold to a wine merchant who used it for various purposes. Then the Bishop of Carsignies handled restoration and installed a seminary which closed in 1886. From the exterior I had the superb view of the small cloister.
Perhaps one of the most beautiful squares in France especially with regards to Roman art. At the same time the Notre Dame Abbey was founded between 659 and 666. Destroyed during the French Revolution, only a few traces remain such as two arches. Beside the square is the perfectly preserved St. Peter's Church which, along with the fully disappeared Santa Genoveva, formed one of the largest convents in the whole of France.
The Basilica of Saint Quentin is an imposing building which is visible from afar and the Basilica of Saint-Quentin does not go unnoticed. It has never been damaged by war and is has always been present as a symbol. During my visit I took some photos, like this statue of Joan of Arc, which attracted my attention, among other things, as the stained-glass windows.