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Bayeux in Calvados Département, Basse-Normandie, France — Lower Normandy (Atlantic Coast)
 

L'Ancien Seminaire

Former Seminary

 

—Bayeux, la Qualité a ses Racines —

 
L'Anciene Seminaire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 1, 2015
1. L'Anciene Seminaire Marker
Inscription. En française:
Le musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux est installé dans l’ancien grand séminaire de Bayeux, lieu de formation des futurs prêtres du diocèse de la fin du XVIIe siècle jusqu’en 1969. Depuis 1983, la célèbre Tapisserie, commanditée fin du XI siècle par l’évêque Odon pour la cathédrale, y est exposée.

La première pierre du séminaire est posée en 1693 par Monseigneur François de Nesmond, évêque de Bayeux. Le bâtiment possède la monumentalité d’un édifice de style classique, adapte par sa sobriété extrême à l’esprit animant la Contre-Réforme sous le règne du roi Louis XIV.

Il est installé à l’emplacement de l’ancien prieuré des chanoines réguliers de Saint-Augustin à qui est confiée au XIIIe siècle la gestion de l’hôtel-Dieu. Déchargés de cette mission sur décision de l’évêque de Bayeux, les religieux sont remplacés en 1644 par des Augustines.

Du prieuré supprime en 1675, il ne reste plus aujourd’hui que la chapelle (à gauche dans la cour). Sa structure date du XIIIe siècle tandis que la décoration intérieure (vitraux et stalles) est une recomposition du XIXe siècle. Le célèbre érudit bayeusain Arcisse de Caumont (1801—1873), fondateur de l’archéologie française, considère qu’elle est pour la période gothique « après la cathédrale, le monument religieux le plus important de Bayeux ».
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By Kevin W., July 1, 2015
2. L'Anciene Seminaire Marker
Avec cette dernière, elle est au demeurant le seul édifice médiéval religieux de la cité encore en place dans son intégrité architecturale.

Face au portail extérieur, dans le prolongement du couvent des Augustines, se trouve l’ancien hôtel-Dieu (actuel hôpital). Jusqu’à sa reconstruction en 1823, subsistait encore la grande salle des malades du XIIIe siècle édifiée au-dessus de la rivière dans l’axe du pont enjambant l’Aure.

English:
The Tapestry Museum is installed in the former Grand Séminaire de Bayeux, a training centre for future diocesan priests from the late 17th century until 1969. Since 1983, the famous Tapestry commissioned at the end of the 11th century by Bishop Odo has been exhibited here.

The first stone of the seminary was laid in 1693. The seminary is situated on the site of the former priory of the regular canons of Saint Augustine who were entrusted in the 13th century with managing the Hôtel-Dieu. In 1644, the task was taken over from the canons by the Augustine nuns.

Today, only the chapel (on the left in the courtyard) remains of the old priory. Its structure dates from the 13th century, whilst the interior decor is a re-composition from the 19th century. Along with the Cathedral, it is the only remaining medieval religious building with its original architecture.

Opposite the outer portal, as a continuation
<i>Bayeaux - Chapelle du Séminaire</i> image. Click for full size.
By Ad, circa 1910
3. Bayeaux - Chapelle du Séminaire
of the Augustine convent, the former Hôtel-Dieu (present hospital) is situated. Until its reconstruction in 1823, the large patient hall dating from the 13th century, still existed. It was situated above the river along the axis of the bridge crossing the Aure.
 
Erected by La ville de Bayeux. (Marker Number 21.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Circuit du Vieux Bayeux marker series.
 
Location. 49° 16.467′ N, 0° 42.037′ W. Marker is in Bayeux, Basse-Normandie, in Calvados Département. Marker is on Allée des Augustines just north of Rue de Nesmond. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13 Rue de Nesmond, Bayeux, Basse-Normandie 14400, France.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. L'Aure (within shouting distance of this marker); Autour des Augustines (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Le Rempart Gallo-Roman (about 180 meters away); Un édifice du Xe siècle (about 180 meters away); Les Abords du Chevet de la Cathédrale (about 180 meters away); La Rue Saint-Jean (about 210 meters away); Le palais Episcopal (about 240 meters away); 50th Northumbrian Division Memorial (approx. 0.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bayeux.
 
More about this marker.
<i>Tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde - Bayeux - The Queen Mathilda Tapestry</i> image. Click for full size.
By Nd, circa 1920
4. Tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde - Bayeux - The Queen Mathilda Tapestry
"And that day the 14th of october 1066, the English fled and the battle of Hastings was won by William henceforth surnamed 'the Conqueror'."

The Bayeux Tapestry gives information of a historical nature that no other source has provided. It begins with the description of Harold's eventful journey to Normandy (landing in Ponthieu, meeting with the Duke William, expedition in Brittany and oath on the sacred relics of Bayeux). It then depicts Harold's return to England and his coronation after the death of King Edward the Confessor. Finally it describes the preparation for William's expedition, the crossing of the Channel, and the Battle of Hastings.... -- Bayeuxmuseum.com
The caption on the photograph reads:
Vue intérieure de la chapelle de l’ancien prieuré des Augustins.
Interior view of the chapel in the old Augustinian priory.
 
Also see . . .  Bayeux Museum. The museum's website. (Submitted on September 14, 2015.) 
 
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Le Grand Séminaire / The Old Seminary - Aerial View image. Click for full size.
By Caby, circa 1930
5. Le Grand Séminaire / The Old Seminary - Aerial View
The marker site is visible here in the foreground center, although the picture well predates the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2015, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 11, 2015, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   2. submitted on September 13, 2015, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on September 14, 2015. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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