Le Musee Bussuet, Meaux

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The Musée Bossuet is the art and history museum of the town of Meaux, France. Situated in the old episcopal palace, it takes its name from the famous orator and theologian Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, Bishop of Meaux from 1681 to 1704.BuildingsThe episcopal palaceBuilt in the twelfth century around 1160, then rebuilt in the seventeenth century, the episcopal palace architecturally is a mix of medieval and Renaissance styles. The most interesting example of eighteenth century work is the south facade of the palace, built of brick and stone, with large cross windows. The north facade is also representative of the Grand Siècle style. The lower rooms of the palace are the oldest, dating from the second half of the twelfth century. The low and high chapels also date from this time, but were expanded and redesigned in the fifteenth century.GardenThe Bossuet garden is beside the episcopal palace. It is a formal garden in the French style with the shape of a miter. The garden was created in the seventeenth century during the episcopate of Dominique Séguier. It took the name of the great prelate in 1911, when it was opened to the public as a city park. On crossing it one reaches the study of Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet.CollectionsThe episcopal palace houses collections of paintings and sculptures, as well as items of local history. The collections have expanded thanks to the legacy of the chemist and collector Henri Moissan in 1914 and, more recently, thanks to the donation of neuro-biologist Jean-Pierre Changeux. He enriched the museum with forty works, of which the last entered the collection in 2006. Different schools of painting are shown from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries.
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  • For heritage day, I wanted to make the visit in the underground but unfortunately it was full. So I visited the Museum and watched the current exhibition. There are many interesting works, mainly paintings.
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  • The Museum occupies the first floor of the former episcopal Palace and presents a beautiful collection of paintings (mainly religious for the oldest), and some quality furniture. The works are well developed on the sober walls. Point to point out: the exhibition halls are perfectly maintained. I rarely saw floors as beautiful and bright in a museum. Too bad that the terrace is not accessible to better appreciate the contours of the garden Bossuet.
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  • Visit alone or with family, you always learn something new. Important to keep the duty of memory.
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