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Villedieu-les-Poêles - a town renowned for its craftsmanship
Villedieu-les-Poêles is known as the "city" of copper, its origins date back to the Crusades and Henry 1st Beauclerc, King of England; Duke of Normandy (the son of William the Conqueror). Villedieu-les-Poêles is situated in the Southern Manche region of Lower Normandy (next to Brittany) Northern France in the Bay of Mont Saint Michel and has easy links to and from the UK, Ireland, the channel Islands and the rest of Europe.
With its granite architecture and picturesque quaint cobbled passageways and courtyards (of which only 35 remain, where during the Middle Ages the artisans worked the copper, pewter and brass), Villedieu is a fascinating place to visit. The original copper techniques are still used today and it is possible to visit the Bell Foundry, the Atelier du Cuivre (Copper Workshop) and the Maison de l’Etain (House of Pewter), all of which are both interesting and educational. For those of you who are interested in not only copper, but lace and wood, the Museum of Copper Pots, Pans & Laceand the Museum of Norman Furniture are worth a visit.
Villedieu les Poêles is surrounded by beautiful countryside, full of fertile green hills and valleys and is steeped in history. Villedieu is a good place to be based to take advantage of many activities including walking, cycling, fishing, horse-riding, water sports and more. The Mont Saint Michel, Abbeys, Castles, the D Day beaches, the coast with its sandy beaches and water sports are all within easy reach. (Photos )
Villedieu-les-Poêles - the ideal place to stay....
Villedieu provides somewhere of quality to stay and are all either verified by the Tourist Office or have been labelled according to the level of comfort, so you can reserve your accommodation with confidence!
Villedieu-les-Poêles - 1st Commandery of the Knights of Malta
Around 1130, Henry 1st Beauclerc, (son of William the Conqueror), Duke of Normandy and King of England gave the Hospitaliers of Saint John of Jerusalem, land situated in the valley of the river Sienne which subsequently became the first Commandery of the Order. Every four years there is an important religious ceremony with a delegation of the Order of the Knights of Malta that attracts people from around the world; the next ceremony will be in 2016. ceremonies of the Grand Sacre (Great Rite) in Villedieu les Poêles.
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