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LA HALLIERE : SAWMILL

CELLES SUR PLAINE

This sawmill has been in the Monument Historique classification since 1978. It was built in the 19th century and was commercially exploited until 1976. This local pearl is a strong, patrimonial and sentimental element for the inhabitants of the valley. The site attracts more than 10,000 visitors. It has been entirely rebuilt exactly as it was further to the awful fire which destroyed it in...

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TOWN HALL

RAON L ETAPE

The city council used to get together in a market building in the middle of Raon l'Etape. This place that used to be a covered market was in poor condition, the administration of François Dubois decided to demolish it in order to build a new one. The aim was to build a town hall with a covered market in the basement and a granary for a grain shop upstairs. Its VIP room shelters a unique...

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COLLECTION OF PAINTINGS : HISTORY OF FORESTRY EXPLOITATION

RAON L ETAPE

The VIP room of the town hall shelters a collection of 12 paintings which shows Raon l'Etape of yesteryear. They recount the story of the forestry exploitation and log driving which made the richness of the city in the 18th century. Discover the habits of this prosperous period during a guided-tour.

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HALLE AUX BLES : CINEMA AND THEATER

RAON L ETAPE

This building adjoined the old fortifications and was also appended to Les Halles café. The aforesaid café has been destroyed and the building has been completely burnt. It has been rebuilt in the twenties. The ground floor has become a covered market and the 1st floor has become a theatre. The VIP room and the staircase (decorative ironwork of Arts College in Nancy) have...

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CHURCH SAINT LUC

RAON L ETAPE

This church was formerly appended to the town hall. It has been built at his current place in 1832. In keeping with the original, his colonnades are the cause of his nickname ?Petite Madeleine?. The tower has been erected above the choir because of the swampy ground.

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SMALL HERITAGE : CROSSES AND CALVARIES

RAON L ETAPE

Those elements of our heritage are often ignored however they are an integral part of our culture and everyday life. Crosses, calvaries, crucifixes and chapels stand as testament of our history and will catch your attention along the ways! Many of them have disappeared or have suffered damage but the majority of them dates from the 16th. A cultural and interesting walk is waiting for you!

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TRAPP CARRY

RAON L ETAPE

Discover the impressive crater from a panoramic view point hanging over the quarry. The trapp is a volcanic rock used for road coating, tarmacs and ballast of railway tracks. You will dominate this imposing and impressive crater which has been operated since the 16th century!

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THE MENHIR

RAON L ETAPE

Called ?Pierre borne?, it is part of the seven menhirs of Lorraine and one of the most beautiful of France. Weighing 800 kilograms and being 3.25 metres long, it has been used as a limitation and a landmark.

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CASTLE OF PIERRE PERCEE

PIERRE PERCEE

The impressive medieval castle is on a summit that is fraught with cliffs made in pink sandstone and dominates the village of Pierre Percée and the downstream part of the lake. Its name Petra Perceia (Pierre Percée) comes from the very deep water well of 9 metres in circumference. The fortress dates back to the 12th century. The tower which was robust and haughty in the past takes...

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FRESQUE SARTORIO

PIERRE PERCEE

This work of art has been designed in tribute to the WWI soldiers by Antoine Sartorio who was soldier of the 363rd Infantry Regiment of Nice. This fresco has been in the Monument Historique classification since 1923 and is located at the entrance of the Pierre Percée cemetery.

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