Friday, August 13, 2010

Caen - Old Town ...

Brasserie 'Les Touristes' and
Hôtel de Than (circa 1520-1525), a private townhouse,
built a little before l'Hôtel d'Escoville,
this hotel also
attests to how Caen was during the Renaissance.

The characters of its flamboyant style are recognisable
to the pitches of windows decorated
with crockets and animals.


Hôtel d’Escoville (1530)
a private townhouse. The severe façade overlooking
the public road harbours one of the most typical
private town houses of the 16th century ...

... courtyard of the Hôtel d'Escoville ...

... In the courtyard, loggia, high roofs,
lanterns and skylights are characteristic
of the Italian Renaissance ...

... The Post Office and Communications Museum
is situated
within a half timbered building
dating back to the 15th century ...


Agence de la Caisse d'épargne de Basse-Normandie (1950)
by architects Laloue et Morizet
bas-relief by sculptor Francis Pellerin ...

... Hôtel de Mondrainville (1531-1562)
a private townhouse.
The Pavillon de Plaisance is all that remains today,
visible from place Pierre Bouchard ...

... the old street 'rue Froide' has been preserved
in its medieval state ...

... courtyard in the Rue Froide ...

... Rue Froide / Place Saint-Sauveur ...

... Louis XIV as Roman emperor (1828) ...
by Louis Petitot ... (EN)
... the monument was intended to replace the stone
sculpture of Louis XIV, by Jean Postel,
sculptor of Lyon,
which was commissioned in 1684
and erected
the following year,
but which had been taken down
and demolished during the Revolution ...

... exotic 'illuminated manuscript'
shop window decoration ...

Private town houses in Caen
These urban dwellings took on such a great scale
that they can almost be considered as the equivalent
of small châteaux. During the Renaissance,
these dwellings adopted an antique décor ...


Caen ... (EN)
Caen is known for its historical buildings built during
the reign of
William the Conqueror, who was buried here,
and for the Battle for Caen—heavy fighting
that took place in and around Caen during the
Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much
of the town.