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).
16th Century House
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
(It is better to earn a
little justly than a great income unfairly)
This has become the motto of
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.
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
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.
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.