Discover a former French province, Le Perche, and the richness of its historical heritage.
Joël Lenoir is the president of Bellême Heritage Association (l’Association du Patrimoine de Bellême) and he is very involved in the restauration project of “le porche de Bellême”, which used to be the main gate to the small town and is now in danger.
Listen to find out what the problem is and also how you may be able to help save this historical building!
[04 min 37 sec]Le Perche, a former French province
[06 min 16 sec] Geography: where Le Perche sits on the map of France
[07 min 30 sec] Characteristic features of Le Perche
[09 min 55 sec] Manor houses in Le Perche
[11 min 20 sec] “Journées du Patrimoine”
[12 min 15 sec] The three towns that competed to become the capital city of Le Perche
[14 min 25 sec] The small town of Bellême
[15 min 33 sec] Bellême, a former military fortress
[17 min 12 sec] The porch in danger: the problem of salt
[19 min 53 sec] Rescue plan for Bellême’s porch
[20 min 54 sec] Raising funds to save the porch
[22 min 50 sec] Bellême’s shops uniting the collect funds: some creative initiatives
[26 min 10 sec] Closing comments
Links & Resources
The garage sales (vide-grenier) organised to collect funds will take place on:
- Sunday May 3rd, 2015
- Sunday June 28th, 2015
- Sunday August 2nd, 2015
- Sunday August 9th, 2015
Article about the porch (in French) : “Bellême Patrimoine se mobilise pour sauver le Porche” (source: Ouest France, 11/03/2014)
Article below: “Le Porche va s’offrir une seconde vie » (source : Le Perche, 03/12/2014)
Photos Credits: Joël Lenoir & Peter Q.