Paris in summer without boredom: Pontoise, history is bound by the walls

Paris in summer without boredom: Pontoise, history is bound by the walls

Close to RER (2/6) Less than an hour from Paris, these unexpected cities are revealed to visitors who want to leave the beaten track for a day. Pontoise will appeal to lovers of religious heritage as well as lovers of hiking.

Spend the day in Pontoise? This city retains traces of its Neolithic past (3000 BC), Gallo-Roman (the Route of Jules Cesar connecting Lutes to Bruin), medieval, Renaissance, Revolutionary, Imperial and Impressionist. History and art lovers will be delighted as well as hikers and pedestrians or cyclists, who will stroll along the banks adorned with centuries-old trees. Families will appreciate the magic of river holidays and festive evenings at Guinguette.

The city’s coat of arms proudly and clearly shows its colors: the gold fleur-de-lis, the sky-blue of a bridge with five silver arches. From the city walls, the panoramic view of the oasis and its bridge brings a breath of summer serenity. This bridge is often immortalized by Camille Pissarro. A replica of a painting now in Japan, can be seen in the Yamagata Museum, near the Tourist Office.

Majestic religious architecture

St. Maclo’s Cathedral in Pontoise. Adobe Stock / PackShot

The station is exited General de Gaulle Square. Two solutions: turn right onto Rue Séré-Depoin (400m) towards the Tourist Office located on the edge of the road.parallel To retrieve plans and brochures. The building is new and modern and the staff are particularly welcoming. Another possibility is to go and like St Macklo’s Cathedralcan be seen clearly (400 m) on top of a steep hill and a huge staircase.

Built around 1145, it was remodeled and blends Romanesque and Gothic styles. From there, go down the cobbled street du Grand Godet Notre Dame Church (1177). It also renewed the Renaissance. Don’t miss the statue of the Miraculous Virgin (two metres) nor the stained-glass windows dating from the beginning of the 1900s. Outside, under the tall trees, the Virgin’s Fountain was supplying tanners. Five hundred meters later, go and see Love Tower Fountain On a named street. Legend has it that a young aristocrat secretly met a man there. A poet broke by the father of the girl who killed the suitor.

Hits: The cathedral is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the church is open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Buccolic Break in the Carmel Church

The beautifully paved courtyard of the Carmel Church in Pontoise. Martin Carrett / Le Figaro

Our favorite for sure. A heavy oak door marks the entrance to a small paved patio. L ‘Carmel Church who was consecrated there on April 12, 1610 and can be visited. The reception desk is provided with keys to the Carmelite Church. Inside, several paintings from the 17th centurye century, and the latest one (XVIIIe) From Saint Teresa Junction in Avila. Above, on the side aisle, are displayed in a transparent urn the remains of Marie de Encarnation, the first officially recognized French to be stigmatized.

Twelve Carmelites still live here, and the garden and monastery are still private. The vegetable garden and orchard, including century-old trees, provided the nuns with enough to live in. At the age of 91, Sister Marie-Jeanne de Jesus makes apple marmalade with orange, black currant jelly, lemon marmalade and rhubarb jam with vanilla. Jars are for sale (5€) at reception, as well as batches of verbena harvested in the orchard.

Hits: The entrance is at 55 Pierre Putin Street. Morning service (8 a.m. Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday) by pre-registration (tel: 01 30 32 35 21). Doors open after mass and until 4:45 pm.

limestone quarries

De Moineux Cave and ribbed vaults in Pontoise. Pontoise City / Click on the image

A true Swiss cheese, the historic heart of the old town is filled with underground passages. The cellars of the residences are vaulted and especially beautiful. If some can only be visited during European Heritage days, on the other hand there is a network of underground passages that can be accessed all year round, especially the famous Cave of birds and its ribbed vaults. This ancient network of quarries was excavated between the 12th centurye and the fifteenthe Really amazing. The guided tour (2 hours) organized by the tourist office also leads to the caskets and shooting points of the old fortress.

Hits: During the summer, Sunday and Wednesday at 2:30 pm. Sessions are on July 14 and August 15. €7 (adults), €5 (from 7 to 12 years old upon presentation of proof or student at Pass Campus). Guided tours by reservation here.

Our advice: Bring good shoes and a jacket (12°C).

To finish: an impressionist walk or a cruise

Pontoise BridgeDrawn by Camille Pissarro. Martin Carrett / Le Figaro

For cyclists, hikers or just strollers, the banks of the Oise towards Auvers (6 km) smell like holidays. Head leaving the oasis in your right hand towards Hermitage District and its complex streets celebrated by Pissarro who lived on 26 and 38 rue de l’Hermitage and 21, quai Eugène Turpin. Go up rue Jean Paul Sotoume towards Camille Pissarro MuseumWhich includes two of his paintings: wheelbarrow in orchard (Museum d’Orsay deposit), Barge on the Seine And many drawings and engravings of this painter but also by his contemporaries.

Hits: From Wednesday to Sunday, excluding public holidays, from 10 am to 12:30 pm and from 1:30 pm to 6 pm Temporary group until August 21: Jean-Francois Auportin. Full price: €5, reduced price, €4, free

Throughout the summer, every day (except Mondays), different cruises themed or unguided, guided or not, some live and festive cruises are organized according to a fixed schedule. The direction of Auvers or Eragny. Prices for adults vary: 25 euros (2 hours, subject), 9 euros (no comment), family (2 adults, 2 children) from 24 euros to 62 euros.

inquire: In the inter-municipal tourism office,

And also: For children, an educational farm has been set up at Château de Marcouville, 2, rue des Pâtis. Saturday and Sunday, 2-6 pm

my notebook

Where are we going to lunch?

stray the rock

In the extension of fences, porch or room with exposed stones. Fresh seasonal produce and cuisine from Mélanie and Alexandre, seats 44, reservations are highly recommended on 01 34 43 14 05. Closed: Tuesday, Wednesday. 30 Rue de la Roche.

And for dinner?

Evenings in Guinguette, located across from the Tourist Office. Thursday & Friday, 6pm – 10:30pm, Saturday 2pm – 11pm, Sunday 2pm – 7pm Menus are prepared with products from the producers of Vexin.


Interdenominational Tourist Office, Place de la Piscine. Such as. : 01 34 41 70 60. Registration for tours and cruises.

Audioguide on loan (6 euros), or for download.

going to

From Saint-Lazare Station, Line J, 40 minutes.

From Gare du Nord: line H, 59 minutes.

From Port Mayo, RER C, 1H10.

From La Défense, RER A, Cergy direction. Cergy Préfecture (27 minutes) stopped. Take bus 45 (5 minutes), Pontoise Jar station.

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