Tourism. In La Ferté-Bernard, the Porte Saint-Julien could be visited… from the within

Porte Saint Julien, in La Ferté-Bernard, far more than a door; it homes rooms that few Fertois know. ©Carine ROBINAULT

When the editors supplied to order a spot for them information out St. Julien Gateinstructed by theLa Ferté-Bernard Vacationer WorkplaceI’ve to confess that I wasn’t precisely thrilled… In any case, there’s not a lot to say a few door, is there?

The workplace gave me an appointment at 3 p.m. in entrance of the constructing in query. I be a part of a gaggle of tourists and Frédérique Caron, assistant of cultural mediation at La Ferté-Bernard, accompanied by a smile that unknowingly proclaims the theme of the go to.

A strategic curiosity

First step, our information for the day suggests we take a step again. And because the solar and the warmth are right here – the go to hasn’t even began but and I am already sweating! – she invitations us to take a seat subsequent to the optician within the shade.

L’Tour can begin. It is 3:04 p.m. and Frédérique is telling the story of towncenter Ages : the creation of fortressthe development of the door and its strategic curiositythe city sq. in the course of the 100 Years Warfare, and many others. In different phrases, it tracks us again in minutes the start of La Ferté-Bernard.

exterior structure

Our information explains the numerous along with his laser lamp architectural parts Door. The central physique with the carter and the have the option.

The carter is the doorway for the carts, and the gate is the doorway for the pedestrians.

Frédérique Caron, cultural mediation assistant at La Ferté-Bernard

She continues to go away arrow marks on the entrance of the door because of enemy assaults, the battlements which have been used to “throw stones, arrows, or boiling water on the evildoers making an attempt to assault the fortress”.

This element that doesn’t come from the Center Ages

When will the reason come from murderous, provides Frédérique: “They’ve been modified over time and mark the evolution of the armament”. The information helps his explanations with illustrations of weapons: a bow, a crossbow or perhaps a culverin (long-barreled cannon).

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It is 3:16 p.m. when she asks us which architectural element is undated center Ages. The reply is straightforward, so I permit myself to not give it to you and invite you to go to the door to find it.

The go to continues beneath the door, within the carriage entrance, the place Frédérique affords us 4 clues proving that La Ferté-Bernard adequately protected himself from enemies (such because the portcullis or the drawbridge).

If there have been many restorations because the Center Ages, corresponding to B. the addition of the roof, the door is considered one of them uncommon buildings which have survived from the medieval fortress.

What do we discover between the partitions?

3:20 p.m.: Lastly it beginsDive into the gate. Simply returned, the freshness of the place reassures me that the go to will likely be nice. A primary small room. It’s a artillery roomthe place you’ll find Swamp heritage stays. Within the background we see a murderess.

Two minutes later, it is time to climb the picket staircase constructed centuries later and attain theformer mayor’s corridorbut in addition the room wherein sat Metropolis council till 1905, when the Church-State Separation Act was launched.

I’m amazed on the measurement of the room! And I are not the one one. From the skin you wouldn’t guess that the door affords a lot house. Additionally, if we have now to relive captivity, I need to put my baggage down, that may change me from my 14m2.

Walkway, Machikoles…

Two different rooms encompass this: a second artillery room which brings collectively different stays of the Notre-Dame-des-Marais church, specifically components of its balustrade, and the room the place the judgment of small instances came about.

Stone remains of the Notre-Dame-des-Marais church in La Ferté-Bernard
Stone stays of the Notre-Dame-des-Marais church (Sarthe) ©LD

Via this final room we attain the remainder of the staircase, this time relationship from time. Fortunately I placed on sneakers which have an excellent grip on the ground as a result of it slips a bit!

Arrived on the prime, at 2:34 p.m., we uncover the sidewalk, and the machicolation we noticed outdoors. This fashion protects a revolutionary jail and many others a mysterious room which has a bay window on the wall (opening within the wall to accommodate a window).

Presents in a number of languages

“Nobody is aware of what it may need been used for, however I believe, and that is simply hypothesis on my half, that this room was constructed with the thought of ​​turning into a residence for one of many council members or one other jail,” confides Frédérique.

She encourages us to have a look at the partitions: Registrations are famous.

What’s marked can not be learn properly, however should you look extra carefully, you’ll discover that the inscriptions are multilingual. There may be French, Latin, English and even German.

Frédérique Caron, cultural mediation assistant at La Ferté-Bernard

We study that in the second World WarfareLa Ferté-Bernard and the Porte Saint-Julien jail have been occupied by the Germans.

The tour will finish quickly. It is virtually 2:40 p.m., we go down the steps to succeed in the small door by means of which we entered. The descent is light, let’s keep away from overloading the damaged ankle emergencies much more …

We discover the blazing solar and the robust outdoors warmth. We thank Frédérique Caron, I am going to take an image of her in entrance of the door that we took.

Frédérique Caron, cultural mediation assistant at La Ferté-Bernard
Frédérique Caron, cultural mediation assistant ©LD

I depart very stunned. Actually, she has quite a bit to inform and present the Porte Saint-Julien!

Subsequent go to to Porte Saint-Julien (Sarthe) on Friday 26 August 2022 at 3pm. Reservations on the Vacationer Workplace of La Ferté-Bernard, Place de la Lice. Such. 02 43 60 72 77. Discover Frédérique Caron for a go to “Builders of Montmiral” on July 24, 2022

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