In the Meurthe Valley, between the municipalities of Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Michel-sur-Meurthe, lies Saint-Dié-des-Vosges. This area is home to the Claude et Duval factory, a listed Historic Monument since 1988 that is remarkable for being the only industrial building designed by the famous architect Le Corbusier.
Among its tourist attractions is a beautiful cathedral made of pink sandstone from Vosges, boasting contemporary stained glass windows and a Gothic cloister, the former collegiate church of the canonesses that became a cathedral in the 18th century; the Liberty Tower, an original building made of steel, cables and glass, designed to commemorate the bicentenary of the French Revolution and inaugurated at the Tuileries Garden in Paris; the Church of St. Martin, in the Neo-Romanesque style; the Church of Our Lady of Galilee and its porch bell tower; the beautiful gardens of Callunes and more.
For young ones and all model railway fans, the Trainland museum is a captivating place about train history that even has a play area. Also worth visiting is the Celtic Camp of La Bure, considered to be the second biggest archaeological site in the department of Vosges after the one in Grand. There is also a lovely family museum, the Pierre-Noël Museum, which covers many topics including life in Hautes-Vosges, along with a section devoted to Jules Ferry, who was born in the town.
Dates for your diary: every year in early October, Saint-Dié hosts the International Geography Festival. The Vautrin-Lud Prize, regarded as the Nobel Prize of Geography, is awarded there. The Drop'n Rock festival takes place in summer, in June or July.
Saint-Dié until 1999, Saint-Dié-des-Vosges takes place in the region Grand East, in the department of Vosges. Near the Meurthe, the town is located on the first hills of the Ormon, not far from Nayemont-les-Fosses.
The city of Saint-Dié-des-Vosges was created between the XIIth and the XIIIth century, following an association between the Duke of Lorraine and the collegiate already in place. Following a major fire in the middle of the 18th century, the city center was largely rebuilt under the authority of the Duke of Lorraine Stanislas. Great industrial center during the nineteenth century, the municipality is today known for its tourist aspect.
In addition to an important historical heritage, the commune of Vosges is also known for its great cultural activity which is found through various events organized throughout the year. Saint-Dié-des-Vosges was also labeled Tourist resort in the late 1990s.
The cathedral complex is today the most visited tourist site of Saint-Dié-les-Vosges. It harmoniously blends medieval, Renaissance and classical styles through pink sandstone monuments. One can thus admire the cathedral, the Church of Our Lady of Galilee, and finally the cloister. Classified as Historic Monuments, this architectural ensemble has been destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries, notably following the attacks of 1944. The cathedral, however, was rebuilt identically and again consecrated in 1974. In the 1980s, Stained glass windows with drawings by great contemporary artists have been added. On the forecourt, a hundred-year-old lime tree stands proudly. The cloister, which is the largest in all of eastern France, is a Gothic building. Rebuilt in the middle of the 15th century, it used to shelter numerous gargoyles. The church of Notre-Dame-de-Galilee, on the other hand, is quite modest in size. Former church reserved for ecclesiastics and distinguished guests, it dates from the middle of the 12th century. In particular, there are stained-glass windows of Cistercian inspiration from the second half of the 20th century, as well as statues of contemporary art.
Built in the 15th century, the chapel of Petit-Saint-Dié takes place in the place where Saint Dié found refuge in 660. Not far away, one can discover two fountains of ferruginous water which gave rise to a thermal exploitation on the side of the train station.
The second largest tourist site in the department of Vosges, the Celtic camp of La Bure is a fortified site of inhabited height from the 1st century BC to the 4th century AD It is accessible via several footpaths And a large part of the objects found on site are now on display at the Pierre-Noël Museum. In addition to its Gallo-Roman collections, the latter, labeled the Musée de France, features works of art such as Jean Lurçat tapestries, military collections, decorative arts objects and a room dedicated to Jules Ferry and his family.
Since the twelfth century, the chapel of Saint-Roch welcomed the plague-bearers passing through the region. Today, one can admire a very beautiful altarpiece of the Assumption dating from the beginning of the 17th century. Rebuilt at the beginning of the 20th century, the Saint-Martin church is not lacking interest either with its neo-Romanesque style and its stained glass windows illustrating the life of its patron saint. The town of Saint-Dié-des-Vosges also has a synagogue, as well as a temple built in the mid-19th century.
The Claude and Duval factory, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the only industrial building built by the famous architect, Le Corbusier. It can be visited by making a reservation at the Pierre-Noël Museum.
The Tower of Liberty now hosts an exhibition space, as well as the Georges Braque museum. The latter reveals beautiful collections of jewelry, sculptures and ceramics made by the artist himself. Originally, the building was an ephemeral space installed in Paris during the bicentenary of the French Revolution.
The market is held on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The city also offers a Christmas market in December, including a parade of St. Nicholas.
In the first week of October, the city hosts the International Geography Festival, which is awarded the equivalent of a Nobel Prize in Geography, the Vautrin-Lud Prize.
In June or July according to dates, the Drop'n Rock festival sets its suitcases at Saint-Dié-des-Vosges. For the occasion, pop-rock concerts are proposed.
Exhibition of Sculptures - Beyond
- From 6 july to 31 august 2019
- 11 rue Saint Charles, Médiathèque Victor Hugo
- Exhibition of sculptures made by the students of the socio-cultural center of La Fave in Provenchères and Colroy, as part of the Ban des Arts workshop led by Virginie Fossati.
Expo Tour de France
- From 10 july to 31 august 2019
- Hall d'accueil de l'Hôtel de Ville, Place Jules Ferry
- Exhibition on the Tour de France.
- On 16 july 2019
- Palais Omnisport Joseph Claudel, rue du 12 d'Artillerie
- Circuit of 20.5 km and 1000 m of elevation gain. - On the program: From Bramont to Wildenstein: Pourri du Faing bog, Bockloch waterfall.
- On 17 july 2019
- 17-19 rue Saint Charles, Parc de l'Evêché
- Air acrobatic tales by La Gigogne Company. As part of the summer in large Saint-Dié-des-Vosges. From 3 years. Duration 55 mn. Retreat at Espace Georges Sadoul in case of rain. - "On the branch a bird was lying, not far from there a girl was listening. The bird was singing, and melody music notes, a story was born... The bird flew away and the story stayed. " - "Envol" is a poetic and visual show where, in connivance with the storyteller, the acrobat moves on a bird of 4 meters wingspan suspended at 5.50 meters from the ground to tell us three stories, three birds, three flights... A dreamlike and poetic journey where the circus arts perfectly illustrate the striking epics of women and animals. Are you ready to fly?
Artistic Festival of Art
- From 19 to 21 july 2019
- Espace François Mitterrand, rue du 11 Novembre 1918
- This festival is an exhibition / sale of a hundred artists and craftsmen from France, Europe and beyond. For nearly three days, discover the work and the universe but also interact with the artists. Buvette. - Throughout the weekend many artists will work on site. As every year, a giant mural will be available to visitors and artists to express themselves freely.
Outdoor Cinema Session: Kingsman: Secret Services
- On 23 july 2019
- Place du Marché
- Outdoor screening of Matthew Vaughn's action movie. 2015. USA / Great Britain. VF. Duration: 2h09. As part of the summer in grand style. Retreat at Espace Georges Sadoul in case of rain. - Kingsman, British intelligence elite is looking for new blood. To recruit the new secret agent, she must undergo a high-flying training to privileged young people aspiring to the dream job. One of them seems to be the "imperfectly ideal" candidate: an impertinent young man from the London suburbs named Eggsy. Will these super-spies succeed in countering the terrible threat posed to the world by the tortured spirit of criminal Richmond Valentine, a genius of technology?
Show - Hamlet by Pavers
- On 24 july 2019
- 11 rue Saint Charles, Parvis du Musée Pierre Noël
- Show everyone from 9 years old, told to unsuspecting children and adults who passed by the work of William Shakespeare. Duration: 50 min. As part of Summer in a big way. Fallback at the Pierre Noël Museum in case of rain. - Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest-running tragedy, and one of the best-known, and surely the bloodiest, treason, murder, and madness. But the Pavers Pavers will still tell the children! Hamlet prince of Denmark, just lost his father the king. His ghost will teach his son that his own brother is the murderer. Hamlet then will try by all means to prove the guilt of the new king, and to succeed this serious mission, he will pretend to be crazy...
Petanque: Challenge Roland Laheurte
- On 27 july 2019
- Boulodrome, rue Kellermann
- Duplicate competition at the rotating melee. - Registration on site from 13h.
- On 27 july 2019
- 64 rue des quatre Frères Mougeotte, La Nef
- Concert proposed as part of Summer in large. Music all public. - After an Ecuadorian tour last April, the group is in France for two months. Composed of Maria Tejada, major singer of this small country in South America, Donald Régnier on guitar and Stéphane Escoms on accordion, he mixes French and Ecuadorian cultures in a repertoire composed of pasillos, the national rhythm, and waltz musette. The cover of the album was created by the painter Mika. Change of scenery guaranteed.
Medieval Grand Banquet
- On 27 july 2019
- Devant le Cloître - Cathédrale, Place de la Cathédrale
- A real medieval meal punctuated with various animations: sword fighting and batting, juggling, board games, etc. - A group of medieval music, the group Hauvoy (pronounced Hauvoué) will be present and delight the meal with instruments and fabliaux.