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  • 1 Upper Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place de la Halle F - 55000 Bar-le-Duc

    Bar's aristocratic quarter, with the rue des Ducs de Bar running across it, has light-coloured stone mansions, their façades decorated with statues, trophies and gargoyles; behind them are often stately residences with courtyards and outbuildings.

  • 2 Le Transi Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    place St-Pierre F - 55000 Bar-le-Duc

    Set in the south transept of St-Etienne Church, this famous statue by Ligier Richier depicts the Prince of Orange, René de Chalon, who was killed during the siege of St-Dizier in 1544. The powerful work was commissioned by his wife, who asked the scu..

  • 3 Place Saint-Pierre

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place St-Pierre F - 55000 Bar-le-Duc

    Dominated by the elegant façade of église St Pierre (St Peter's church), the square is lined with fine old houses: at no 25, a medieval, half-timbered house with a corbelled balcony; at no 21 the hôtel de Florainville (the Court of Justice) with its ..

  • 4 Church of St Etienne

    Religious buildings

    Place St-Pierre F - 55000 Bar-le-Duc

    Ligier Richier's Transi in the right-hand transept is a must. Another work by the same sculptor, the Calvaire (the Calvary) is behind the altar. In the left-hand transept, a 14C statue of Notre-Dame-du-Guet is revered by the local people: like the ge..

  • 5 Place de la Halle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place de la Halle F - 55000 Bar-le-Duc

    These can be seen from the gateway entrance to no 3 (the building with a badly damaged Baroque façade). These walled arcades were part of the 13C marketplace, destroyed by fire in 1788.

  • 6 Grangettes Viewpoint

    Nature and gardens

    place de la Halle F - 55000 Bar-le-Duc

    The view is superb, from the Marbot industrial area to the hillside running along the River Ornain.

  • 7 Clock Tower

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue de l’Horloge F - 55000 Bar-le-Duc

    The face of the 14C clock has been restored to its original state.

  • 8 Gilles-de-Trèces College

    Religious buildings

    avenue du Château F - 55000 Bar-le-Duc

    This was the idea of Gilles de Trèves, the dean of Saint-Maxe's collegiate church when he founded this college with his own money: he wanted to prevent the young nobles of Bar from leaving to study in universities suspected of lending an indulgent ea..

  • 9 Rue des Ducs-de-Bar

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue des Ducs-de-Bar F - 55000 Bar-le-Duc

    A fine set of golden stone façades: at no 41, two friezes, decorated with military themes; at no 47, which has conserved its gargoyles, the post-war writer, Georges Bernanos wrote one of his books; no 53 has a door framed by a sculpted arch; at no 73..

  • 10 Rue du Bourg

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue du Bourg F - 55000 Bar-le-Duc

    In the 16C, this street became one of the most elegant in Bar-le-Duc, which is echoed by the rich façades of nos 42, 46, 49 and 51. At no 26, the façade of the Maison des Deux-Barbeaux (1618) is decorated with the busts of ladies and mermaids. On the..

  • 11 Church of Notre-Dame

    Religious buildings

    rue Jeanne-d’Arc F - 55000 Bar-le-Duc

    Visitors should not miss the Christ on the Cross by Ligier Richier in the nave and, in the South transept chapel, a bas-relief dating from the late 15C, representing the Immaculate Conception.

  • 12 Bar-le-Duc Regional Museum

    Museums and art

    Rue François-de-Guise F - 55000 Bar-le-Duc

    The archeological collections, ranging from the Bronze Age to the Merovingians, include the Gallo-Roman statue of the mother goddess of Naix-aux-Forges and Merovingian jewellery discovered in the Gondrecourt metropolis. French and Flemish paintings (..

  • 13 Marbeaumont Château

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    74 rue de St-Mihiel F - 55000 Bar-le-Duc

    In the middle of a large park, previously owned by the Varin-Bernier banking family, was General Pétain's headquarters during the First World War.

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