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  • 1 Fine Arts Museum of Valenciennes Interesting

    Museums and art

    bd Watteau F - 59300 Valenciennes

    Here, the central figure is of course Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, his work being exhibited in a large section of the museum. However, for all that, the Flemish, represented by the enigmatic Jerôme Bosch, Jordaens, Pourbus and Rubens are not to be missed...

  • 2 Church of St-Géry

    Religious buildings

    8 rue St-Jean F - 59300 Valenciennes

    Former church of the Recollets, it was built in the 13C, but considerably reconstructed during the 19C. Restoration of the nave and the choir has brought back their original Gothic purity.

  • 3 Watteau Square

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Square Watteau F - 59300 Valenciennes

    When an inhabitant from Valanciennes meets a fellow countryman. The fountain that stands in the square, is crowned by a sculpture by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux representing Watteau, who was born nearby. at 39 Rue de Paris.

  • 4 The Spanish House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 r. Askièvre F - 59300 Valenciennes

    Why Spanish? Because this wood-panelled and corbelled structured house, currently the tourist office, was built in the 16C, when the Spaniards occupied this region.

  • 5 Valencienne's Public Library

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2 r. Ferrand F - 59300 Valenciennes

    It is situated in the old Jesuit School (early 17C). It has a harmonious facade. The Jesuits' library, located on the first floor has painted decorations dating back from the 18C. It includes 350 000 incunabular volumes and manuscripts, such as the o..

  • 6 St-Nicolas' Church

    Religious buildings

    Rue de Paris F - 59300 Valenciennes

    At present, the former chapel of the Jesuits, which has a beautiful 18C facade, has become St-Nicolas' auditorium.

  • 7 The House of Notre-Dame's Provost

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Notre-Dame F - 59300 Valenciennes

    This elegant brick and stone building has mullioned windows, a stepped gable and a turret surmounted by a pinnacle.

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