A Few Links to Tours

When I wrote about the Cathedral de Tours last time, I said I’d try to find some pictures of the nearby Musee de Beaux-Arts.  Here they are.

This is one of the statues outside

Another outdoor statue

A small statue inside

Not many, I know, but that’s what I have.

When I was there, I went to the Institute de Touraine.  Here’s one of the nicer classrooms.  I had literature in here.

There were a few interesting places that I couldn’t find pictures from.  One was the château, which is also in the area around the cathedral. It’s a historical wax museum, and was one of my favorite museums in Tours. I liked it better than Madame Tousseau’s in London, where the figures are all sort of in little vignettes but in the same room. In the château, there are some figures done in those kinds of dioramas, like the Battle of Poitiers/Tours, which really couldn’t be shown full out without a ton of outdoor space, but most of the displays use the rooms to really good effect. The best one was the death of Richard I (Lionheart). It took up the entire room it was in, the lighting made it look like the room was lit by a fire and torches, and the angles that you looked at the scene really made it look convincingly real. There were several that were set up like that: da Vinci  painting, Catherine di Medici watching the St. Barthomew’s Day massacre, Cardinal Richelieu plotting.

The other really interesting museum was the Musée de Compagnonnage. It took my a while to get what this was about, but one of my teacher’s had been involved as a “mother” and explained it to us. It’s the old (as in Medieval) system of apprenticeship. After being an apprentice in a field, the next step is journeyman, where you travel around and learn from different masters until you’ve learned enough to be a master yourself. There are still some fields in France that use this system, which makes sense when you think about the cathedral, those masons had to learn to cut the stone and make gargoyles somewhere, you can’t just order that kind of thing. The mothers used to put the journeymen up in their houses as they worked in different towns; I was a little unclear as to whether they still do that, or act more as a welcome wagon to get them settled into the new town. In any case, to become a master, they must submit a project showing mastery of the craft, and that’s what is in the museum, projects from hundreds of years of newly made masters.

And finally, a few links

The City of Tours web page in French

And in English

The Musee de Compagnonnage

I couldn’t find an official page for the Chateau, but this has a picture


edited to add links to the other posts in this series

This is the book I was working on when I was researching Tours. Click to read the first few chapters

Photographs of Roman Ruins in Tours, France

Old City of Tours, France

Photos of the Cathedral St. Gatien de Tours, France

A Few Links to Tours

Not part of the Tours series, but still in the area

Villandry and Ella’s garden


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