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.
Summer in Large
- From 21 june to 31 august 2021
- Shows, animations, exhibitions will punctuate the 72 days that lasts the summer. From June 21st to August 31st, more than 300 appointments will be offered on fifteen different sites, and not a single white box in the agenda !
Exhibition 'from Selestat to Saint-die-des-Vosges, Metal Canvases, an Industrial Adventure'
- From 26 june to 19 september 2021
- 13 Rue Saint-Charles, Musée Pierre Noel
- This exhibition, proposed by the association la Pulley, with the participation of the Fonds Martel-Catala (Sélestat), returns to an emblematic industry of Alsace - Then from the Vosges, the production of metal canvases. - Sometimes dedicated to the industrialized manufacture of paper, metal cloths have in fact experienced a great diversification of uses. The production of metal sheets is also the testimony of the know-how of men and women from different regions and countries, making their contribution to the - Of companies such as Ghent in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges from the end of the nineteenth century.
Vide-Attics and Craft Market
- From 4 july to 29 august 2021
- Parking Leclerc, Zone d'Hellieule 2
- La SPA déodatienne organizes every Sunday in July and August a garage sale and a craft market. - Registration is open - Request your registration form in MP - or to 0680622652 by sms.
The summer of Photography in the Gardens of the Saint Roch Chapel
- From 4 july to 31 august 2021
- 14 Rue Claude Bassot, Chapelle Saint Roch - 14 Rue Claude Bassot
- L'été de la Photographie dans Les Jardins de La Chapelle Saint Roch with Vincent Ganaye & l'École des Regards du CRI des Lumières (Lunéville) - Photographic exhibitions of Vincent ganaye in The Gardens & The School of Glances of the CRY of Lights of Lunéville in The Chapel - Inauguration on July 04, 2021 at 17: 00 with "Apéro-Photographique" presented by Pierre van Tieghem (Open conference on photography) - Exhibitions visible during any event in The Gardens of The Chapel Saint Roch
Exhibition Lorraine au Nouveau Monde Meeting with the Quebec Cuisine of Saint-dié-des-Vosges
- From 13 july to 19 september 2021
- Espace François Mitterrand
- As part of the twinning with the City of Lorraine in Quebec (Canada). Do you know Lorraine, the twin city of the godmother of America, Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, which is located north of the New World, in the Beautiful Province, washed by the Thousand Islands River and located not far from Montreal ? This modern and residential city was founded in 1960 with innovative environmental principles. To celebrate the 60 years of its creation, the City of Lorraine proposed to its inhabitants (the Lorrains), during the summer of 2020, an open-air exhibition, adapted to the constraints of the pandemic, including views of the city made by the Lorraine photographer Benoît Champagne. Some of these photographs, and others too, are presented in the galleries of the cloister, during the opening hours of the cathedral complex.
- From 24 july to 19 september 2021
- 13 Rue Saint-Charles,, Musée Pierre Noel
- We know almost all the facets of Fausto Olivares's painting, which during the years after his disappearance were seen in the museum of Saint-Dié-des-Vosges as well as in other places dedicated to art. - But the diversity of places, the experiences of creative research, the artistic and human encounters, the multiplicity of passions and the humanistic quest are all links that converge towards a multiplicity of interconnections in the life of the painter Fausto Olivares. - On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of his birth, the Society of Friends of Fausto Olivares and the Pierre-Noël Museum have designed an anthology exhibition of his works as part of a tribute cycle consisting in showing the richness of the relationship between all these connections like a cartographic creation. The paintings will explain by their presence in a "biogeographic" path the imprints left in its path; in this case Jaén, hometown, Madrid, five years of Fine Arts, Canary Islands, national duty, Paris, eight decisive months, Lorraine, land of adoption, Provence, the utility joined to the pleasant, Torremolinos, the escape…
Shuttle of the Cretes: Micro-Adventure
- On 4 august 2021
- The iconic Ridges Shuttle is back in service ! Departures from Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, Saulcy-sur-Meurthe, Saint-Léonard, Anould, Ban-sur-Meurthe / Clefcy, Fraize, Plainfaing and Le Valtin. - Take height on the peaks of the Vosges Massif, the adventure starts right outside your door ! - Also try the micro-adventure experience with our guide Nathanaël who offers you a superb hike-treasure hunt! The idea is simple : you can be surprised by (re) discovering the riches of your surroundings, without going to the other side of the world. Combining bus transport with the accessibility of the Vosges summits with a mountain guide to fill up on discoveries and positive energy, this is the "micro-adventure by Navette des Crêtes" for a turnkey day. - This accompanied outing is accessible to all (meal taken from the bag to be provided) and a nice treasure to the key ! - The departure of this walk will be from the Schlucht Pass(access with the shuttle to the departure of your choice / transport price extra).
Singing March the Clandestines
- On 4 august 2021
- Centre Social Germaine Tillion, Place Jean XXIII
- The theater company chanté Les Clandestines invites you to a singing walk in the forest located on the heights of the Saint-Roch district in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges. - Throughout a bucolic and shady route, the artists (seven actress-singers and a saxophonist musician) will propose to the public to attend the reading of texts, to listen to songs, to discover paintings that marry the singularity of the places. - The chosen repertoire, whether sung or spoken, will tell us about the living, the landscape, the place of man in nature, and the use by man of nature. - The Clandestines reserve for their audience some surprises... an experience of sensory awakening, a moment of shared singing... something to dream of together, in the heart of this beautiful forest. - The singing march is aimed at a family audience on a path that is passable and without elevation gain. - See you at 2pm on August 4th place Jean xxiii. It is best to book at the Germaine Tillion Social Center on +33 3 29 56 19 03 so that we can notify you in case of cancellation related to the time.