Brionne, a city in Normandy

Brionne is a town in the valley of the river Risle in departement Eure, region Haute-Normandie. It had 4 306 inhabitants in 2006), and it has a lot of history. It exists supposedly since Galo-Roman times.

The Keep (french: donjon) was built in the 11th century. It is one of the rare squareshaped Norman Keeps, reminding thus of British architecture. It’s walls were 20m long. It was destroyed in the 18th century.

Donjon

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Donjon, other side,own work, licence: CC by

The cemetery church Saint-Denis was supposedly built in Galo-Roman times. It was used since 1790 for religious purposes. The cemetery that belonged to the church was used until 1860, it is not visible anymore. During WWII the church was destroyed by bombs (1944) and after it’s reconstruction it was used as a gymnasium until today. One of it’s corners is derelict and seems to be a sleeping place for homeless people and a smoking room for the young.

Saint-Denis

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The church Saint-Martin stands in the middle of the town. It’s squareshaped tower shows romanesque and gothic influences. The ground floor was built in romanesque style and the first floor in gothic style. The entrance was built in the 18th century. The high altar was designed 1694 by Guillaume de la Tremblaye for the chapel de la Sainte-Vierge that belonged to the abbey of Bec-Hellouin. Th right wing of the church is decrepit, can be tread, but there’s a danger sign.

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Seite der verfallenen Kirche, eigenes Foto, Lizenz CC by

derelict church face to face with the school but only visible from the back, own work, licence CC by

alte verfallene Kirche evtl Eglise Saint-Sauveur de Valleville oder Notre-Dame, liegt gegenüber der Schule und ist nur von der Rückseite überhaupt zu erkennen, eigenes Foto, Lizenz CC by

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Steingesichter an einer Konstruktion die zum Haus eines Steinmetzes gegenüber Saint-Denis gehört, eigenes Foto, LIzenz CC by

stone faces on a construction that belongs to the house of a mason across from the church Saint-Denis, own work, licence CC by

Ehemaliger Eingang von Saint-Denis, eigenes Foto, Lizenz CC by

old entrance of Saint-Denis, own work, licence CC by

Detail von Saint-Denis, Eingang zum Raum für Penner und Kiffer, eigenes Foto, Lizenz CC by

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Rückseite von Saint-Denis, eigenes Foto, Lizenz CC by

back of Saint-Denis, own work, licence CC by

Türmchen an Saint-Martin mit Markus in der Ecke, eigenes Bild, Lizenz CC by

small tower of Saint-Martin with Markus in a corner, own work, licence CC by

Statue des Hl. Antonius von Padua in Saint-Martin, eigenes Foto, Lizenz CC by

statue of St Anthony of Padua in Saint-Martin, own work, licence CC by

Marienstatue in der Kirche Saint-Martin, eigenes Foto, Lizenz CC by

statue of Mary (mother of Jesus) in Saint-Martin, own work, licence CC by

Dankestafeln an St. Anton von Padua in der Kirche Saint-Martin, eigenes Foto, Lizenz CC by

thank-you tablets for St Anthony of Padua in Saint-Martin, own work, licence CC by

Donjon mit Markus, eigenes Bild, Lizenz CC by

donjon with Markus, own work, licence CC by

Hinterseite des Donjon, eigenes Foto, Lizenz CC by

back of the donjon, own work, licence CC by

Donjon mit Schlüssellochblick auf Brionne, eigenes Bild, Lizenz CC by

watching Brionne through a donjon-keyhole, own work, licence CC by

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Donjon with Markus, own work, licence CC by

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back of the donjon, own work, licence CC by

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Donjon, own work, licence CC by

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Useful links: http://patrimoine-religieux-eure.a3w.fr and http://www.mondes-normands.caen.fr/

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One thought on “Brionne, a city in Normandy

  1. […] to drive with Rudi. My car situation is rather unclear at the moment and therefore I was alone in Brionne. Brionne is the chef-lieu of the canton I live in. And I got to go there several times a year (when […]

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