Friday, August 19, 2011

Saint Die, France - June 20th, 2010

Saint Die Roman Catholic cathedral
Saint-Dié, full name Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, is a commune in the Vosges department of the Lorraine region in northeastern France and is nestled in the Vosges Mountains about 50 miles southeast of Nancy. There is a little town center straddling the river Meurthe connected to the south through the passes of Haut-Jacques and Bruyères and to the north by the Haut-du-Bois pass. The town was largely rebuilt after the a destructive fire in 1757 and much of the rebuild was destroyed in 1944 toward the end of WWII. 
The cathedral has a Gothic nave and choir designed in the 14th century but a cloister, also begun in the 14th century, was never finished. 
The cathedral is renowned throughout France
The Reform church of Saint Martin,
built in 1902
Although a new Hôtel-de-Ville was built in 1948 it appears that the focus of the town was lost after WWII - the industrial and commercial base was never rebuilt and it has become an administrative and service center for the area. Overall, quite a sorry little village.
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