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    The Commanderie Templière d'Avalleur :

    The order of the Templars was founded by a native of Champagne in Jerusalem in the year 1119, in order to protect pilgrims in the Holy Land. Remains of the Templar period include the 12th-century Romanesque and Gothic chapel...

     

     

     

    There is a 400-km netword of paths allowing lovely walks in the Barsequanais region.

Maison du XVIe 

16th Century House

In the Grand'Rue, you can see timber-framed houses and especially the 16th Century House, N°1(exhibition venue), further on the Chapelle de la Passion, N°5 (16th century). Decorated with pilasters with Corinthian capitals. On the façade, there is a maxim: « Virtutis esto, non fortuna comes » (it is better to count upon your virtue than upon your luck).

 

As you come down the rue de la République, you can admire the Renaissance House (on the corner of the rue Victor Hugo).

On a plinth there is a statue of Saint Roch and his dog.

On the gable there is a cartouche with the date 1580 and below it the motto:

 

 

 

  « Mieux vaut un peu avec justice que gros revenu sans équité »

(It is better to earn a little justly than a great income unfairly)

 

This has become the motto of the town.

 

St Roch et son chien

St Roch and his dog

From there please go to the church of Saint-Etienne. It was built from 1505 to 1616 and features a mixture of Renaissance and Classical elements combined with a flamboyantly Gothic architecture. It features remarkable 16th century stained glass windows and sculptures of the Troyes school. It has a classical 18th century organ which was installed in 1793 and restored in 1989.

 

 

 

 

 

Boeuf Gras

Le Bœuf Gras (Fat Ox)

Make a little effort and climb the Clock Tower, N°44 via the Jeanne de Navarre path, then look out over Bar sur Seine from the top of the castle of the Counts of  Bar, the birthplace of Jeanne de Navarre, Queen of France. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour de l'HorlogeChateau de Val-sur-Seine Starting out from the remains of the castle, where all that is left is the guard room, you will go as far as notre Dame du Chêne, a chapel built in 1867 around the oak tree containing a rustic statuette of the Virgin Mary, then you will be able to continue as far as the 12th century Chapelle Templière (Commanderie d'Avalleur).

If you prefer to cross the Seine, you can stroll along the Promenade du Croc Ferrand and go as far as the castle of Val Seine, surrounded by a park full of greenery, which is a very pleasant place to relax.

 

 

 

 

Croc-ferrand
 

 

 

More informative documents about certain monuments are available at the Tourist Information Office for Bar sur Seine and the surrounding area which organises tours of the town, the church and the Templar chapel based upon a schedule and upon request.

 

 

Plan de la ville