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Saint-Julien-les-Villas

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As you stroll along, you’ll discover a peacefulness that’s sure to inspire you. Soak up these special moments, take advantage of this cultural break to recharge your chakras with positive energy, and make a visual impression of these bucolic places so that, like Emile Coué ( a local figure), you’ll leave radiating optimism.

So, are you ready to set off and discover the treasures of Saint-Julien-les-Villas?

Enjoy your discovery/walk, and pay close attention to the details – we’re counting on you!

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Starting point : Saint-Julien-les-Villas's town hall
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Welcome to Saint-Julien-les-Villas !

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The commune was formerly known as Sancey before becoming Saint-Julien because of the relics of St Julien de Brioude kept in the church. Its inhabitants are still called the “Sancéens”. The name “les villas” was added in 1919 to reflect the many holiday homes that had been built there since the 18th century. Its history is closely linked to the Seine river and its many diversions (the magnificent hydraulic work carried out under the Counts of Champagne).

During this walk, you will experience and enjoy a true sense of peace. Soak up these special moments, take advantage of this cultural break to recharge your “chakras” with positive energy, and remember these bucolic spots so you can leave the place full of optimism, like Emile Coué, from Troyes, did before you.

 

This treasure hunt is very similar to the WW2 memorial trail set up by the Saint-Julien Town Hall (departure from the outlet centre Marques Avenue car park – next to Lagoa Spa). Some of the questions will use the labels from this trail. At certain points, you will have to cross the road, so please be careful and vigilant. So, are you ready to set off and discover the treasures of Saint-Julien-les-Villas?

Enjoy your discovery walk, pay attention to the details, you can do it!

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In what year did the commune receive a 3rd national flower in the “regional towns and villages in bloom competition” (“Concours regional des villes et villages fleuris”)?

Hotel de ville St Julien les villas
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Another award can be seen on this façade: the “Marianne d’Or du civisme” (Golden Marianne for Good Citizenship) (Regional elections of 2010).

Its purpose is to promote civic-mindedness by communicating about a certain number of principles (rights, duties, etc.) to all citizens.

Marianne, with her Phrygian cap, embodies the French Republic and its values, summed up in its motto “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” (“Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”). She is the symbol of France.

 

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Why was the name "Marianne" chosen? It was...

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What is the official coat of arms?

Coats of arms : Chatsam, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Go around the town hall
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At the back of the Town Hall is the amphitheatre of the former heritage centre (“Maison du Patrimoine”). Visible from the outside is a magnificent medieval rib-vaulted cellar. Originally built in Pavillon-Sainte-Julie, where the Payns Commandery had a second home, this cellar was put up for sale at the end of the 20th century, dismantled, bought by the municipality of Saint-Julien and then rebuilt stone by stone. It is now used as a venue for weddings held in the commune.

Photo credit : © D. Le Nevé

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What item sits proudly in this room?

Photo credit : © D. le Nevé

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Now, retrace your steps back to your starting point and discover the magnificent restored church of St-Julien-de-Brioude (16th century).
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Look carefully at every detail of the exterior of the church and find the the odd one out?

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Now head towards the chevet of the church (head or end/rear of the building).

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What can you see sculpted around the well?

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Take the passage to the left of the church as far as the municipal music school (last house before the road).
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Look across the street “rue Gambetta”.

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What was the nickname of its owner (a local resistance fighter) during the Second World War ? Mr...

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Cross the road very carefully opposite the new town hall reception area. Go to the street “rue Gambetta”, staying on the pavement to the left of this building. Opposite the “Maison du pôle Enfance/jeunesse” (“Youth association”), you will see an old water pump used by the village fire brigade.
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What date can you see on the back of this pump?

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Cross the street “rue Gambetta” and look at the youth association building (“Maison du pôle enfance/jeunesse”).

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What is the date of construction on the pediment of this house?

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Retrace your steps into the street “rue Gambetta” and turn right at the post office into the street “rue Fernand Ganne”. Between the school and the gymnasium, the barriers are decorated with animals.
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Between the school and the gymnasium, the barriers are decorated with animals.

Which ones ?

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Continue straight ahead. At the junction with the street “rue de l'Egalité”, turn right and enter the cemetery (on your left). Follow the path in front of you to the magnificent stone cross sculpted by Valtat.
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En quelle année cette croix fût-elle inaugurée ?

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What broke it in 1927?

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8 niches house the patriarchs of the Old Law (the Old Testament).

Find the logical sequence?

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Continue along the path to the war memorial.

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How many names of heroes who died for France in the First World War appear on the column of the monument?

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What other war symbol (there are 2 weapons to find) recalls the horror of war?

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Retrace your steps towards the stone cross. When you reach the stone cross, turn left and walk to the end of the cemetery. At the end of the cemetery, turn left again. A few metres further on, you will see the “Jerusalem cross”.
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Can you name a synonym for the word "indulgence" inscribed on this stele?

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Continue down the street “Rue Gambetta”. At the corner of the cemetery, turn left into the driveway and, after a few steps, reach the car park, and walk through it (between the community room on the left and the multi-activity room and restaurant "le Château des Cours" on the right). Go towards the wall decorated by the children (“On vit ensemble, on bouge ensemble”, which means "We live together, we move together") in the André Grimont park.
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Several literary works were written here, but which is the most famous ?

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Behind this wall, what should we do together?

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Take the footpath on your right to reach the road and the roundabout. Go around the roundabout and continue along the street “allée du Château des Cours” (towards Rosières/Bréviandes), passing under the railway bridge and footbridge. At the next roundabout (for your information, 300m ahead on your right is the Marques Avenue site (outlet centre) and the start of the memorial trail), turn left into the street “rue des Philippats” as far as number 4.
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Before being shot on the 7th of March 1942, where was Resistance hero Maurice Romagon transferred to after his internment in Troyes prison

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Continue along the street “rue Philippats” and turn left into the street “avenue de la gare”. After going all the way down, you will see a footbridge across the railway tracks.
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Take the footbridge towards the large white building.
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Take the footbridge towards the large white building. Built between 1935 and 1937, the silos were very important to the armies as they contained tonnes of goods that could feed their men.

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At the bottom of the footbridge, turn left. To answer the next question, go to the corner of the house between the streets “Avenue de la Gare” and “Rue de la Coopérative”.)
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How many French farmers were taken prisoner in Germany during the Second World War?

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Continue straight ahead and take the street “rue René Gillet” (first on the left) to number 25.
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Violette and Albert Barth were congratulated by the Allied countries for their role and actions during the Second World War.

Can you name one of these countries?

Maison 25 St Julien les Villas
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Continue along the street “rue Gillet” to its end and turn right into the street “rue Gambetta”.
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At number 23, you will find the Saint-Julien MJC.

Using the clues on the façade, can you work out what the primary role of this building was?

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Continue along the street “rue Gambetta” and turn left at the first roundabout on the street “avenue de la gare”.
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: Set up in 1940 by Mr and Mrs Gobin, name the sign that can still be seen on the facade in front of you?

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: What is the name of the river that you can see after the dairy on the street “Avenue de la Gare”?

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Cross the bridge and turn left into the street “rue Danton” as far as the weir.
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Cross the road to enter the Square Pierre Brision (1912 - 2008).
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Deported to Buchenwald on the 27th of June 1943 at the age of 19, he was a member of the French Liberation Action Brigade and he took part in the liberation of the camp on the 11th of April 1945. Throughout his life, his message was: “Young people, may you always have a sense of humanity, without which everything can begin again; it is the only thing that can stand in the way of barbarity.”

Photo from the “Memory Lane”

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At the end of the garden, cross the road. At the corner of the streets “rue de l'Hôtel de Ville” and “avenue Auguste Terrenoire” (no. 1) is a local institution: the “Société Nautique Troyenne d'Aviron” (Troyes Rowing and Sailing Association).
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Retrace your steps to take the street on the right towards the town hall, cross the Seine river and return to your starting point.
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Bravo !

You have now reached the end of this walk. We hope that your discovery of Saint-Julien-les-Villas has enabled you to discover the keys to a fascinating and little-known history. Don’t hesitate to try the other treasure hunts in the other villages of Troyes La Champagne, and if you would like to suggest any new questions or quizzes, the Troyes La Champagne Tourism team will be happy to help.

À très bientôt pour de nouvelles aventures.

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Photos credits : © NV – Troyes La Champagne Tourisme (unless stated otherwise)

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