Rue de la Republique, Avignon – road sign

By | September 20, 2018

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Rue de la Republique, Avignon – road sign
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The main shopping road in Avignon heading south of Place de l’Horloge.

Rue de la Republique
Rue de la Bonaparte, built from 1856 to 1867, required a major displacement of residents in order to be built. Between Porte de la République and Place de l’Horloge, you will see the old barracks converted into the Hautpoul Civic Center, Agricola Perdiguier Square, the Jesuit church on the former cloister of Saint-Martial, the High School Chapel that became the Lapidary Museum, a bronze fountain by Paul Pamard, the bust of Frederic Mistral and the famous sweet shop, Péchés Gourmands.

On the corner of Rue de la Republique and Rue Frederic Mistral is the former Chapelle du college des Jesuites, now the Musee Lapidaire.


The chapel of the Jesuit College was designed originally to present the medieval sculptures and Gallo-Roman the Musée Calvet . For ten years, these spaces are open to other museum collections of ancient Egyptian, Greek and Etruscan.
These developments herald the faces of future archaeological rooms at the Musée Calvet.

This beautiful testimony of Baroque architecture , located in the heart of Avignon, is not the work of one architect as evidenced by recent research by the historian Alain Breton. Martellange Etienne (1568 or 1569-1641) designed Plans of the church and began construction in 1620 . Eight years later, the architect Avignon Francis Royers of Valfenière said the yard and took him to run.

The building has a plan of great simplicity , consisting of a nave , preceded by a narthex and leading the choir consists of a short-span and a pentagonal apse, flanked by two vestries. In these latter is the ground floor of the towers used respectively tower and shelter for a clock. The nave is flanked on either side of five bays pierced by arcades and dominated by stands with balusters. Above the galleries are superimposed a frieze decorated with plants, a cornice and the attic.

Large windows, now bricked up one side and once fitted with stained glass, whose implementation was entrusted to the glass Nîmes F. Commeaux , surmounted the whole. At the entrance of the nave took place two rounds of stairs accessing the side galleries and the large central gallery with balustrade, built in 1660 only. Architectural decoration, due mainly to the sculptor Avignon, Reynau Barbeau , relies heavily on the rich repertoire of plastic plants: palms, acanthus leaves, garlands, rosettes.

The exuberance of carefully controlled setting, the harmonious distribution in the upper part of the building, exalt the supreme elegance of the ridge overlooking the vaulted nave, while in the choir, play strong lines of the barrel vault terminated by a cul de four pentagonal, forms as an irresistible call to infinity.

All strikes again by his majesty, although the building has undergone many changes and damage as evidenced by the current configuration of the choir. Indeed, in the late seventeenth century a monumental altar of plaster occupied the entire space. This portico of gigantic proportions, which did no less than ten columns, sixteen pilasters, an attic, and made ​​the circuit of the apse, was created by John Péru, architect and sculptor Avignon. The same Péru elaborated the glory of plaster taking place at the base of the apsidal arch. It is also during this time that the niche once provided with a bay window and fitted on the back wall of the apse, was performed.

In the first half of the nineteenth century the transformation of the college hall and chapel in kitchens, laundry and dining room led to the ruin of the choir, the total disappearance of the altarpiece and the partial destruction of the glory of Péru. When in 1851 the church was again assigned to worship, important work intervened within the choir: installation of an altar, a communion of support, restore the glory of Peru .

At the same time, the oak paneling concealing dark base of the pilasters partly covering the walls, breaking somewhat the strength of the original order. Similarly, the beautiful altar of gilded wood adorned the grand stand at the entrance to the nave, made ​​no part of the original decor but comes from the chapel of a commune in the Vaucluse (Thor). In the first two decades of the twentieth century, the chapel underwent many vicissitudes and served, for example, an exhibition of an airplane, fair beekeeping. The decision to locate within its walls a lapidary museum break came very opportunely with solutions sometimes extravagant and ill-suited to the nobility of the building .

Road sign near the Musee Lapidaire of Rue de la Republique.

Chippenham Park Gardens 24-06-2012
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Chippenham Park Gardens
Chippenham, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 5PT

Chippenham Park is a large country house with substantial gardens, lakes, woodlands walks and parkland dating back to the 17th Century. The spectacular gardens are open to the public several times a year from Spring through to Autumn.
The Park is also available for weddings, special events and photographic shoots.
The gardens received a top, two-star rating in the Good Gardens Guide 2010, placing them amongst the finest gardens in the country.
14th October Glorious Autumn colours and late colour in the borders. Famously delicious BBQ, Teas, Cakes and refreshments.

The Gardens…
Chippenham Park was created at the very end of the 17th century as an ‘Anglo-Dutch’ designed landscape comprising canals, park, and formal gardens.
It was subsequently informalised by 18th and 19th century designers including William Eames and Samuel Lappidge. Chippenham Park contains a wealth of earthworks and waterways which relate to the parkland and garden landscapes and to the village settlement which pre-dated the park.
Features that have remained surprisingly static through history include the walled kitchen garden, the formal waterway on the east side of the park; and complex waterways south of the kitchen garden. Some of the trees, including those marking the original drive from the west.

The Gardens Now…
When Anne Crawely moved to the Chippenham Park estate in 1985 she immediately set about restoring and expanding what had once been a great garden.
There is now possibly the greatest display of snowdrops and aconites in East Anglia and the Spring Garden with its breath-taking display of daffodils, narcissi and shrubs stretches for half a mile around the lake. Additionally there are recently restored and cleared great canals created in the 18th century.
The summer garden has a huge display of nearly 500 roses and a generously stocked ‘Long Border’ of perennials and shrubs of about 250 metres in length. The ‘Wilderness’ is a wooded walk full of fascinating berrying trees and shrubs, some quite rare which has interest all year round.
Most recently she has created from dereliction a contemporary, formal garden in the old kitchen garden. This bold garden makes use of pleached pears, beech hedging, yew and lawn as well as a massive arched colonnade of leylandii to divide the 5-acre walled garden. The four quads feature large terracotta jars of Spanish and Greek origin set amongst grasses, a large earthwork mound and a theatre of yew.
At the North end of this garden is a substantial and beautiful house created from the old 18th century head gardener’s cottage and glasshouses.

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