Alone in Brionne

I really miss 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 I miss the postwoman). I’m always in a hurry, but this time I decided to run up the hill of the keep and take some photos. This village is rather flat and I do not often run up on hills therefore my gluteus maximus was hurting for some days. I should run to the keep more often.

The keep was built in the 11th century and it is protected cultural heritage since 1925.

Running up the hill and looking back to the west. This is what I saw. Brionne is beautiful but not in a good shape. The church tower belongs to the church Saint-Martin. The white building in the back is the train station. The hillside of the cemetery used to be a wineyard in medieval times. Own photo on Wikimedia Commons, licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

The slope of the keep. It doesn’t look very safe. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Looking back to town through an entrance to the keep. Own photo on Wikimedia Commons, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

View of the landscape south of Brionne. The lake of Brionne is 22 hectars huge. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Northwestcorner of the keep. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

The walls of the keep are quite thick. You can see the different materials here, flint, mortar, bricks and granite. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

On the northeastern side of the ruin you can see the rests of a Romanesque fireplace and chimney. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

A Romanesque pilaster in the rests of the fireplace. Own photo on Wikimedia Commons, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Brionne is a dogfriendly town. At the post office stands a dog waste bag dispenser and excrements container.

“The wastebags are here!” “It’s in the bag!” The expression “l’affaire est dans le sac!” has its origins in the Ancien Régime, the time of the French kings. At the end of a lawsuit, all papers concerning this lawsuit were put into one bag of leather or linen fabric. If a case is in the bag, it’s finished. Even the waste bag dispensers in France teach us culture and history… somehow. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Going up the road to the west, the curious tourist reaches the Domaine de Lorraine. The domain was built at the beginning of the 18th century. It was named after the dukes of Lorraine, who were the seigneurs of Brionne. They were living in the manor house. The manor house is closed and empty nowadays. The farm buildings are used by the office of town twinning, the tourists office and the music school. The parc is open for the public.

The manor house and entrance to the park of the Domaine de Lorraine. Own photo on Wikimedia Commons, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

Decoration on the pediment, over the entrance and window on the manor house in the park of Lorraine. Own photo on Wikimedia Commons, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

The park of Lorraine in winter. Next to the manor house stands a huge tree. Own photo on Wikimedia Commons, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

The office of town twinning. Own photo on Wikimedia Commons, licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

The Roman Catholic church Saint-Martin in Brionne was built in the 15th century. The ground floor is Romanesque, the upper floor is Gothic and the entrance was rebuilt in the 18th century. Some of the interior was brought there from Bec Abbey during the French Revolution (1789-1799). I think it’s usually closed, but am unsure. It was open on that day, but there had been a funeral mass or something like that. Lots of black dressed people gathered before the church when I went up the hill, so I entered the church later, when I came back.

The baptismal font in the church Saint-Martin. Own photo on Flickr, licence: Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Statue of Madonna and Child in the church Saint-Martin in Brionne. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

The river Risle in Brionne. View to the north. Own photo on Wikimedia Commons, licence: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

After the short visit at the church I ran back to the car and drove home. Where my doggies were waiting for me and greeted me as if I had been away for centuries. We were very happy to be together again.

4 thoughts on “Alone in Brionne

  1. Geile Ecke wo du wohnst. Gefällt mir. Wie sah die Kirche wohl aus als sie noch ganz war?

    • Die Ruine war früher der Burgfried. Ein quadratischer Kasten. Die Kirche hab ich nur damals fotografiert und nicht diesmal, weils draußen doch relativ voll war. Letztesmal eigentlich auch, naja. Oben ist der alte Artikel verlinkt. Ich wollte heute eigentlich auch die deutsche Version schreiben. Mal gucken, ich niese andauernd und hab Kopfweh.

  2. Thank you for a lovely tour of Brionne.

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