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  • Notre-Dame de Bonport abbey (Pont-de-l'Arche - Normandy)

    05 mars 2007 ( #Notre-Dame de Bonport abbey )

    C istercian order. The Abbey Notre-Dame de Bonport was founded in 1190 by Richard the Lion Heart, King of England, Duke of Normandy. According to legend, the King was in peril on the river Seine and made a vow that if he arrived safely (in French " Bon...

  • Bonport abbey

    05 mars 2007 ( #Notre-Dame de Bonport abbey )

    It’s a private estate. 4 € (= £ 2.65) : admission fee for adults. 2 € (= £ 1.32) : admission fee for children. No reduced rates for the unemployed or students (even on Heritage days). The access to the abbey is from the road from Pont-de-l’Arche. The...

  • A historic approach of Pont-de-l'Arche (Normandy)

    05 mars 2007 ( #History )

    The birth of the city on military grounds The city was born after military fortifications had been built on the territory of Les Damps. A wooden bridge had been thrown across the Seine from 862 and it was protected by two forts on either bank of the river....

  • Notre-Dame-des-arts church (Pont-de-l'Arche)

    05 mars 2007 ( #Notre-Dame-des-arts church )

    It used to be dedicated to Saint-Vigor. Listed a place of historic interest from 1846 to 1878. Admission free. The site Built in the 16th century, overlooking the walls of the city, the church dominates the rivers Eure and Seine. It crowns the medieval...

  • The old bailliage of Pont-de-l'Arche

    05 mars 2007 ( #The old bailliage )

    Rue Blin. Public property. It’s not open to visitors. On the whole, its architecture dates back to the 18th century. From Philippe Auguste up to the French Revolution, Pont-de-l’Arche was the administrative chief-town of the region (including Louviers,...

  • Bord-Louviers forest

    05 mars 2007 ( #Bord-Louviers forest )

    The forest probably takes its name from its closeness to the river Seine, Bord meaning bank. That huge forest is public property. Therefore, il offers a great deal of public footpaths, cycling and bridle paths (in Tostes) through the conifers of the Seine...

  • Crosne Tower

    05 mars 2007 ( #Crosne tower )

    Is not open to visitors (except, occasionally, on Heritage days in September, according to the owner’s wish). The upper part of that tower, which used to be the watchtower in the military past of the city, only dates back to the early 19th century. However,...

  • Origin and evolution of the name Pont-de-l'Arche since the 11th century

    05 mars 2007 ( #History of the name of the town )

    Though the name of the city has not changed much since the 11th century, we note that the word “arche” was originally plural. What accounts for that is that “arche” did not refer to the arches under the bridge but to citadels such as Arques Castle near...

  • The walls of Pont-de-l'Arche

    05 mars 2007 ( #The walls )

    You don’t visit them. They are listed as a place of historic interest (“Monuments historiques de France”) and there is enough left of them to enable the tourist to reconstruct the original layout of medieval Pont-de-l’Arche. There are still quite a few...

  • The banks of the rivers Seine and Eure at Pont-de-l'Arche

    05 mars 2007 ( #The banks of the rivers Seine and Eure )

    The community Pont-de-l’Arche is part of indeed deserves its name Seine-Eure. Apart from the “green way” which joins Léry and Louviers, the banks of the Eure in Pont-de-l’Arche and Les Damps are worth seeing. The riverside offers magnificent views on...

  • The old streets of Pont-de-l'Arche

    05 mars 2007 ( #The old streets )

    Where you walk your own way. It’s up to you to be curious enough to discover the most unusual routes. Find out about civilian architecture in Pont-de-l’Arche as you stroll about its streets. Here, there are quite a few houses dating back to the Renaissance...

  • The town Camping-site (Pont-de-l'Arche)

    05 mars 2007 ( #The town camping )

    Quai Maréchal-Foch. Bank of the river Eure. 02 35 23 06 71and 06 81 62 68 75. Open from April 1 st to October 31 st . The camp-site, which is settled in a very pleasant spot, has a double advantage: that of being in the natural setting of the banks of...

  • Manon's manor-house in Pont-de-l'Arche

    05 mars 2007 ( #Manon's manor )

    Manon’s manor-house is the name of a fine residence which was largely rebuilt in the early 19th century (a few parts of it seem to date back to the 18th century). It used to be called “the old manor”. It stands in rue Jean-Prieur, the market street (which...