Picardy during the Middle Age was famous with the gothic architecture like the catheral of Amiens, Beauvais, his Abbey like Saint Riquier, Valloires, his old cities like Doullens, Lucheux, Abbeville, Saint Valery….
From the Campsite le Clos Cacheleux, you are at 40 minutes from all of there sites.
Rediscover the history of France in Saint Valéry sur Somme. Guillaume de Normandie left this port to arrive in England.
Stroll through its cobbled streets and kiss the Bay with a glance at its thousand-year-old ramparts.
Begin your visit by joining the Somme estuary down to Cape Hornu.
You will then take the direction of the chapel of the Marines, chapel built in honor of Saint Valery. Following this discovery, to take one of the oldest streets of Picardy: the Rue de l’Abbaye which will lead you to Tours Guillaume where you will have a view of the Bay of Somme.
A visit to the old town will allow you to discover, among other things, the remains of the Harold tower, the pilots’ square, the herds of salt-meadow sheep in the Bay, the small fishermen’s houses or if luck smiles at you , To see gray seals.
Read about the medieval port of Saint Valery sur Somme
At Rambures, the war of hundred years is engraved in the stones. The same family retains this jewel of military architecture and its anecdotes for 600 years.
To discover absolutely !
Lose yourself in the gardens of Valloires. This Cistercian abbey founded in 1137 in the direct lineage of Cîteaux by the counts of Ponthieu, Valloires belongs to these few 2000 abbeys of the Order which from the 12th century took a significant part in the planning of the territory, creating At the same time important foci of life, prayer and work.
Valloires remains the only complete Cistercian abbey of France preserved in its state of the eighteenth century.
Founded in 625, the abbey Saint Riquier became royal in 632 by the protection granted to him by Dagobert I. It was Charlemagne himself who entrusted his son-in-law, Angilbert, with the construction of a new and vast abbey with the most noble materials, thus forging a model of religious architecture for the ecclesiastical constructions of the West.
In the Middle Ages, water and mills made the heart of the city beat. The narrow streets with names tinged with history testify to the artisan past of this popular district. Nowadays art galleries, bookshops, boutiques and antique dealers share with the inhabitants of the district the narrow and colorful little houses that have found a new youth. On foot or by bike, Saint-Leu reveals itself to who knows how to take the time. Sitting at a terrace to contemplate Notre-Dame Cathedral, or later in the evening in the trendy bars … Early risers will meet on Saturday morning at the “Water Market” supplied by the Market gardeners of Hortillonnages.
On September 4, 1837, Victor Hugo discovers Montreuil-sur-Mer. He chose this city to locate the first part of his novel “Les Misérables”. Thus, at the turn of a street, a house, or a church, you will meet the destinies of Fantine, Javert, or Madeleine. While immersing yourself in the novel, you will discover endearing places that have sometimes inspired filmmakers.
In the castle of Eaucourt, lets go, child and parents , small and large let yourself be transported through a course filled with interactive animations:
The craftsmen builders and their ancestral know-how (size of stone, forge, stained glass …),
The everyday life (leather work, medal workshop …),
The men-at-arms (adoubement, raising of the ost, shot with the crossbow …),
The medieval garden, the path of the mysteries and its medieval bestiary, etc …
Guest reconstitutions complete our animations (glazier, stained glass window, calligrapher, illuminator, etc.).
The entertainers in period costume will reveal their secrets and anecdotes with passion. Discover by yourself and by the gesture this wonderful period.
This ancient medieval village located 7kms from Doullens on the banks of the Grouche, is exceptional, both by the beauty of its site and by the quality of its monuments. Lucheux is indeed the only Picard village to preserve the 3 symbolic buildings of medieval French society:
– The castle (XIIth, XIIIth, XIVth)
Built by the Counts of Saint Pol, this important fortified place contains interesting vestiges of the military architecture of the Middle Ages.
– The belfry (XIIth – XIVth)
Symbol of the communal freedoms, the Belfry of Lucheux was built on an old gate of the borough. This peculiarity makes it today the only belfry-porch of the north of Europe! Louis XI signed the Edict of Posts in 1464.
– The church (12th century)
It is one of the only churches in the Somme to preserve a Romanesque choir adorned with surprising carved and historized capitals representing ancient pagan beliefs and capital sins.