Rendez-vous in Nevers
Nevers: a city of art and history, as well as having an astonishingly rich and diverse heritage.
Many fine examples of secular or religious architecture can be seen along the blue line, which leads you on your tour around the town.
On the top of the "Butte" (hill) stands the Duke's Palace, which is considered as one of the first of the Loire Castles. Not forgetting the St. Cyr and St. Juliette Cathedral, whose contemporary stained glass windows flood the stone with multi-coloured light.
Nevers has kept many traces of its past with the old earthenware makers' district, where you can discover how the tradition of this fine ceramic art form is still held in great respect. The craftsmen will share their love of the craft with you, and show you pieces inspired from ancient, or indeed astonishingly modern, decors.
Continue your stroll to admire the Baroque façades of the Chapelle St. Marie (Chapel of St. Mary) and the church of Saint Pierre, the Romanesque elegance of the Church of St. Etienne, and of course the incredible Church of St. Bernadette du Banlay, in which Claude Parent exhibited his "fonction oblique".
Nevers is also internationally renowned as the burial place of Saint Bernadette, the young peasant girl from Lourdes who witnessed the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Even today, thousands of pilgrims come each year to meditate before her body.