Things to see and do - Pontoise
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pl. du Petit-Martroy
The composite style of this monument is testament to the fact that it has been reworked many times; the dominant architectural features date from the 15C and 16C. The central door is in a flamboyant style, like the rose window and tower, which is top..
Museums and art
4 r. Lemercier
German abstract art pioneer Otto Freundlich (1878-1943) arrived in Paris in 1908. His work featured greatly in the exhibition of «degenerate art» held by the Nazis in Munich in 1937. During the occupation, he hid in Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet, but was ..
Museums and art
17 r. du Château
In 1866, Camille Pissaro (1830-1903) came to Pontoise for his initial two-year stay. The results can be seen in this museum which, apart from Pissaro's work, has temporary exhibitions of the work of his impressionist and post-impressionist friends.
Nature and gardens
17 Rue du Château
This is where one of the two forts of French Vexin stood (the other was at Meulan), opposite those of the Andelys and Givors that guarded Norman Vexin. Nothing remains of this castle - it was demolished in 1742 - but there are lovely views over the O..
Architecture, castles and historic districts
Place du Grand-Martroy
Camille Pissaro would not feel out of place in the upper town, as it has preserved its ancient appearance, with two squares, the Places du Grand and du Petit Martroy. The streets are narrow and winding, and during the market on Saturday, crammed with..