05 août 2006


Couvent des Cordeliers, Châteauroux

Arcades attenantes au couvent des Cordeliers récemment présenté.


Those arcades are part of the convent of the Franciscan friars that I presented a few days ago.

5 commentaires:

Meg Nakagawa a dit…

It looks so quiet, too.

Matthieu a dit…

During the cultural heritage weekend in June (refer to the 06/07 2006 post), a show company presented and played with some mediaeval musical instrument at this place. The demonstration was of great interest.

Meg Nakagawa a dit…

I am just fascinated with the Franciscan friars. Are their rooms preserved, or have they renovated to better meet the modern needs? Are the Franciscans the ones that take the vow of silence? Is anything left to tell the story of the kind of lives they lived? Books, furnitures, clothing, things in the kitchen??? Did they, when the friars were there, renovate and modernise their dwellings over the centuries?

Matthieu a dit…

Dear Meg,

The only remaining building from the convent is the nave and some contiguous rooms you could see on the pictures posted on 07/31/2006 and 08/03/2006.

As you may have read, the convent is thought to date from the XIII century. During the XVI century, the protestants spoilt and burnt the library.

In 1791, the last Monks left the convent. The great majority of the crystallography installed in 1876 disappeared. But the the rosace representing the Last Judgment, which had been copied by the parisian Historical Monuments Museum, reintegrated the choir.

In 1884, Saint Claude's chapel was dismantled to make a street.

During the XX century, the monuments were to be dismantled (what a pitty !) but some local demonstrators had enough arguments to stop the project.

In the mid 70's, the buildings were restored.

I do not have much information about the friars yet. I kept a documentation about the convent that I do not have in Cherbourg. So I will not be able to tell you more for the moment.

Curly a dit…

This looks a nice quiet corner of the world Matthieu