Our cruise ship had docked early in the morning at Caudebec-en-Caux. Once we had lunch on board after our visit to the Pays d’aude Region we had a free afternoon to explore Caudebec-en-Caux. It was a Saturday afternoon and most things were closed. However, we managed to find some very interesting things.
Caudebec-en-Caux during WW2 from bombing and a fire destroyed the village by almost 80%. A few homes next to the Notre Dame church are all that is left of the original buildings. King Henry IV declared “Notre Dame de Caudebec-en-Caux the most beautiful chapel in his kingdom. ” I will agree with him, it is stunning. Victor Hugo stated “it was like lace work in stone”
Many of the external sculptures of Notre Dame were destroyed in the religious wars of the 16th century and more from fires in 1940 and World War 2.
The Sainte-Gertrude river meanders through the town. It’s so pretty and relaxing. Flowers everywhere.
This prison was built-in the 14th century, embedded in the ramparts of the city. It is one of the last medieval prisons in France. The dungeon housed the prisoners in solitary confinement or those that would be given the death sentence. First floor were for the lighter sentences and the top floor for the guards.
The city was fortified at the end of the 14th century. There are remains of fortifications (the city was surrounded by ditches with walls with towers and fortified places).You can still see the base of the tower Fascines and the tower of Harfleur.
This house dates back to the 13th century and is the oldest building in the city. It is now a museum dedicated to the post-impressionist painting of Emile Bréchot and local history. It was closed when we were there. Its said to have been a temple which has given its name. Oh and if you were wondering, it has no association to the religious order of the Knights of Templar. Although reading about them I am intrigued and will find out more.
Notre Dame is stunning and my photos do not do it justice. If you only visit Caudebec-en-Caux for the Church then it’s so worth it.
The Hotel du Bailli a manor house built towards the end of the 18th century.
The Musée de la Marine de Seine, in Caudebec-en-Caux explains the history and importance of the Seine River in the region for both fishing and local industry. We chose to not go in to the museum. It was nearly closing time so we headed to our ship for a cold drink and get ready for dinner.
I am so pleased that we had a free afternoon and could discover what an amazing village Caudebec-en-Caux is. On doing my research I found many people found it too sleepy, quiet, nothing to do. Muriel and I spent hours wandering around this small village. As you turn every corner there was something new. These are just a few of the photos that I took that afternoon. The rest I will put them on Instagram.