Oct 02

Vienne – A nice little surprise

by in France

Vienne

Hotel – B&B Au Bois de Massier

Today we woke up in a lovely B&B called Au Bois de Massier, in the hills above the little town of Vienne.  The  hotel deserves a separate write-up, so stay tuned for that.

Ville de Vienne

Our hosts tols us that city of Vienne has the 3rd largest concentration of monuments in Europe: Rome and Wien (Austria)  take the first and second place. It truns out that Vienne was a major Roman town (with a temple of Augustus and Livia) – a capital of a colony – and a was a a bishopric since later part of the 4th centrury. Consequently there is a number of monuments in the city, some more obvious:Our hosts claim that Vienne has the 3rd largest concentration of monuments in Europe: Rome and Wien (Austria)  take the first and second place.

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Temple of Augustus and Livia

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Mosaic of Orpheus – Gallo-Roman Museum in Vienne

and some like the Cathedral of St Maurice, a place where the Pope Clement V (at instigation of King Phillip the Fair of France) presided over the  council and a tribunal of that ultimately ordered the suppression of the Templars in May of 1312:

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Cathedral of St Maurice

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