Travel to the Black Forest

Day 1 Vienne

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(in 205 Km.) Vienne: Our next stop was in this commune located in the Isère department, in the region of Rhô, near the banks of the Rhone, 30 km south of Lyon. We start the tour around the city at the Gothic former cathedral of St Maurice (Cathédrale Saint-Maurice de Vienne), built between 1052 and 1533. It is a basilica with three naves, but no apse or cruisers, 315 feet long, 118 feet wide and 89 feet high. The most striking part is the west front, which rises majestically from a terrace overlooking the Rhone, with three porches with tympanums and richly sculptured Archivolts.

Vienne - Cathedral
Vienne - Cathedral

The Romanesque church of St André en Bas, XII century, was the church of a second Benedictine monastery founded in the sixth century, and became the chapel of the earlier kings of Provence. It was rebuilt in 1152, in the later Romanesque style. The twelfth-century cloister presents a series of semicircular arches resting on double columns or pillars.

Vienne - Saint-André-le-Bas
Vienne - Saint-André-le-Bas

The Temple of Augustus and Livia (Temple d´Auguste et de Livie) looks like his twin of the Maison Carrée of Nîmes. Its facade, consisting of a row of six columns supporting the entablature, overlooking the Forum. Transformed into a church in the Middle Ages, was consecrated to the worship of Reason during the French Revolution, later became court, library, museum and then, before being restored by Prosper Mérimée.

Vienne - Temple of Augustus and Livia
Vienne - Temple of Augustus and Livia

The ancient Roman theater welcomes every summer the festival "Jazz à Vienne". Discovered in 1922, was one of the greatest of Roman Gaul, with a capacity of 13,500 spectators. Had 46 stands established in a number of well-preserved vaulted galleries, and crowned by a temple. On the support of the floor of the scene you can see the copy of an admirable frieze of animals.

Vienne - Gallo-Roman theater
Vienne - Gallo-Roman theater

There are other points of interest in the city, like Cybele Park, the pyramid or "l´Aiguille" (the Needle), an obelisk 20 meters high of white stone that adorned the Circus of Vienne in the fourth century, the church of St. Peter (4th and 5th centuries), Mount Pipet and Our Lady of Pipet, Saint-Romain-en-Gal, etc.

Vienne - Saint-Romain-en-Gal
Vienne - Saint-Romain-en-Gal

After lunch we leave Vienne and we come back to the highway. We wanted to make a new stop at Dole but since we did not have time, so we continued towards Colmar, 449 kilometers away where we spent the night.


 

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