The most important city of my department has never seen me before. I used to pass near it for the low cost airport without having a look on it. A short visit that has left me a good impression.
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The cathedral and medieval ruins
I used this occasion of going to Beauvais airport to visit the city. Until that day I either have no time or no interest for it. I drove to the city to arrive earlier.
I found a parking place at 1min walking from the cathedral, in August all the car parks are for free in the city! Leaving my car, the first building I saw was the reformed church, few steps after in the direction of the old town I met the main square where the Episcopal Palace and tall Cathedral! The Saint Peter Cathedral is a very impressive construction and the principal monument of the city. With the highest chorus of France (nearly 50 meters) it can give vertigo to everybody who look at it! On its side stand the two large medieval towers of the palace that now hosts a museum. It was under reconstruction that didn’t allow me to take a nice photos as I wished..
Not far from them is the National Gallery of Tapestry, partly built on the Roman ruins: it doesn’t cover them but used those walls as construction materials. In front of it can be admired a tower that used to be the church of Saint Bartholomew.
Old and charming streets
I found the tourism office just at the opposite of the street tower and asked for a tourist map that could help me to know what to see in the hour I had. One of the manager advised me some places to see and shown me an itinerary on the map that I had to follow. It passes by the main streets of the city and by probably the oldest non destroyed one. June 27th’s is the only street of Beauvais having so many wooden framed houses! Such as seen in Amiens they are all coloured and some are even sculpted! They look really charming.
I continued my tour and saw the Félix Faure high school and the Four Marshals Memorial. Then when I returned to the center I could look at the War memorial on a large square, a statue pointing in direction of the British gate, an historical monument that was used during previous war by the Brits to invade Beauvais the first time…
Mello, a pretty village near mine
Arriving from the airport I shown my friend a nice village located behind mine, separated from Cramoisy by a cute lake. The town is smaller than mine and has less inhabitant, but the thing is that Mello is situated on the rivers and has a castle looking the old town from the hill. The castle of Mello has been used several time in the local history for example when the farmers were engaged in a rebellion against the bourgeois, its appearance has been changed by the war and invasion, especially since English troops have destroyed it. We have walk in the center, near the rivers and admiring the small Our Lady Collegial church. It was my friend’s first contact with a typical village of France and Picardy.