BRIE-COMTE-ROBERT … WONDERFUL FOR A DAY VISIT FROM PARIS …

   On your next visit to Paris and you have a day to spare and you wonder where to go, what to see, what to do, think no more.   I know where you should go: must go. The town is named Brie-Comte-Robert. It is not one of those large, noisy towns in the Ile-de-France […]

The castle at Brie-Comte-Robert (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

 

 On your next visit to Paris and you have a day to spare and you wonder where to go, what to see, what to do, think no more.

  I know where you should go: must go.

The town is named Brie-Comte-Robert.

It is not one of those large, noisy towns in the Ile-de-France (Paris region) but it is rather small and quiet. What is more, the locals are so friendly: they will welcome you!

 

The main street on a Sunday morning cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Brie-Comte-Robert is in the Seine-et-Marne departement – district – and 40 kms (24 miles) south-east of Paris.

You go there on the RER A2 train from Chatelet-les-Halles metro station in central Paris, and you head for the town of Boissy-Saint-Leger. Check on the blue-on-white announcement boards on the platform to make sure that the train you will get on to calls in at Boissy-Saint-Leger.

 Boissy-Saint-Leger is 20 kms (12 miles) from Paris, so the train ride will be quickly over. It is though a really pleasant ride.

Bus-stop at Boissy-Saint-Leger – Bus No. 21 (cc Marilyn Z. tomlins)

Outside the Boissy-Saint-Leger station at the bus depot you will find the bus you will need to take you the rest of the way to Brie-Comte-Robert. Many buses leave from the depot, so have a look around for the bus that will call in at Brie-Comte-Robert.  It is Bus No. 21.

The Brie-Comte-Robert stop you will descend at is Rendez-vous Chateau. It will also be a short ride, as the town is just 11 kms (7 miles) from Boissy-Saint-Leger.

The stop is right at the town’s main attraction: the Castle (Chateau) of Brie-Comte-Robert.

Another pic of the castle (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

The castle – well it is a ruin – dates from the 12th century.  It was constructed for Robert 1 de Dreux.   He was the brother of France’s King Louis VII, who was Lord of Brie.

Since its construction the castle has had many owners – one was Louis XV – and it had gone through several battles and wars and a revolution, in each suffering damage. During the French Revulution, the castle having been used as a prison, it had suffered such damage, that its days of being a residence had ended.  

Finally, in 1923 the town of Brie-Comte-Robert, no longer able to bear the sight of the ruin, seized it and it was declared a national monument – monument historique – two years later in 1925.

The ruin still there, and still not very kind to the eye, the town began to work on a restoration program which began with archaeological work being done.  From 1982, the municipality undertook a programme to repair the site. This included some archaeological works which continue to this day.

The excavations at the caslte (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Today, a heritage centre – Centre d’Interpretation du Patrimoine – is housed in the that part of the castle also reconstructed.

There is also a souvenir shop where an association  – Association des Amis du Vieux Château – not only sell most fantastic souvenirs of the castle, but also holds exhibitions throughout the year.

There is a small entrance fee to this part of the site, but there is no fee to walk around in the garden where you will be able to see what the archaeological work is being done.

The fee is 2 euros.

The castle’s tower having been restored (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

 

Before or after your visit to the castle you should walk through the town.  And – why not stop for a drink and/or a snack, even for a three-course meal.   You will not be overcharged!

 

A restaurant/cafe with a view of the castle. (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Your way to get back to Paris, is to take the No. 21 bus to Boissy-St-Leger there where you had descended on your arrival.  Then, at Boissy-St-Leger you take the RER 2A back to Paris.

The local cathedral (ccv Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

I must however say that until France’s Covid-19 lockdown has ended, this is an outing you will have to wait to make.    When the lockdown will end – well that is at the moment of writing, anyone’s guess.

Brie-Comte-Robert – not lockdown, just normally peaceful (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

 

 

 

 

 

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