Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, an 11th Century Medieval Town in France

To me it seems that France has been more diligent than most countries in preserving its heritage.

Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, just up from the plage (beach) at Cap Hornu, has a well-preserved medieval city dating back to the 11th century.
Sign in the Medieval Village at St-Valery-sur-SommesHere I discovered that what I always thought of as ‘English Tudor’ is actually French Norman!
Ancient homes still standing in the Medieval Village section of St-Valery-sur-Sommes A traditional house in the Medieval Village section of St-Valery-sur-Sommes Ancient homes still standing in the Medieval Village section of St-Valery-sur-Sommes Walking down the narrow winding roads of the medieval city I found many ancient stone buildings.
The Medieval Village at St-Valery-sur-SommesThe Medieval Village at St-Valery-sur-Sommesin the Medieval Village section of St-Valery-sur-SommesAn abundance of flowers grow along the stone walls of the town.
A cascade of purple flowers on a wall at St. Valery sur Sommes Medieval Village A street scene in the Medieval Village section of St-Valery-sur-SommesI think the roses must be old-fashioned roses as well – they are way more fragrant than the tea roses that are so popular nowadays.
A old-fashioned rose grows in the Medieval Village section of St-Valery-sur-SommesThere are several jardins (gardens) done in the medieval style as well.
Sign in the Medieval Village at St-Valery-sur-SommesThe church in the medieval city of St-Valery-sur-Sommes shows the flint (dark) and sandstone (light) patterns.The church in the Medieval Village section of St-Valery-sur-Sommes showing the flint (dark) and sandstone (light) patternsDetail of the flint and sandstone wall on the church.Flint & sandstone wall detail on the church in the Medieval Village at St-Valery-sur-SommesDescription of the the ramparts and moat that surrounded the old city.
Sign in the Medieval Village at St-Valery-sur-SommesThere is a cemetery as well, although the tombs are not medieval but part of the Commonwealth War Graves, another part of France’s heritage that they have also taken great care in preserving.
Saint-Valery-sur-Somme Cemetery 'Commonwealth War Graves ' Memorial‘Nous ne t’oublierons jamais’ – ‘We will never forget’.Saint-Valery-sur-Somme Cemetery 'Commonwealth War Graves' A wreath of ceramic roses mark a tomb in the cemetery in the Medieval Village section of St-Valery-sur-Sommes

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12 responses to “Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, an 11th Century Medieval Town in France

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