Fonderie de Cloches Cornille-Havard, Villedieu-les-Poeles

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For a look into the ancient craft of bell-making, visit Fonderie de Cloches Cornille-Havard. The foundry uses techniques employed since the Middle Ages and centuries-old equipment to make bells for some of the most renowned buildings in the world, including Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Tours run daily, showing bells in various stages--from molds to finished products. You can also see an exhibit of antique bells, as well as a gift shop with bells to take home. Plan to visit Fonderie de Cloches Cornille-Havard and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Villedieu-les-Poeles attractions using our Villedieu-les-Poeles trip itinerary planner.
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  • only 2 foundries still in activity today in France - and it is worth seeing - if of course we love trades of the craft, in the noblest sense of the term. Visit both playful and very technical, possibility to take pictures and film without problem, guide friendly and attentive. Count about 40-minute guided tour, more time spent to ring the bells in the yard! The shop where everything, and for all budgets.
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  • Very interesting tour on the trade of Foundry of bells. Do not miss to spend in this workshop which will delight young and old, a beautiful curiosity!
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  • If you have nothing else to do... the tour is a bit expensive for 35 minutes but fairly interesting for s occupy, and it n there is nothing else to Villedieu.
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  • This is a worthwhile place to visit. This is a working foundry that makes 100 bells a year some of them quite large. The guided tour is informal and extremely informative about the history and process of the foundry. Well worth the €8.50 entrance fee.
  • I was amaze by the manufacturing of bells I can say that I not imagine that there is as much work and that the sound be as beautiful as this is the 1st time that I saw as ready. Thank you also for your welcome and for the person who serves as a guide in a Word again. Good continuation
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  • Interesting and pleasant visit on construction of bells... well explained vividly by guides who take us into the visit
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  • Short visit, but it is a heritage that is exciting and still in activity. Quite touristy
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  • Interesting
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