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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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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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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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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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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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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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FOUNTAINS OF RAON L'ETAPE

RAON L ETAPE

Fountains are one of the characteristics of the town and worth the trip for a more detailed visit. The embellishing of the environment began in the 19th century when the standard of living was high: the abundance and the purity of water and high incomes were the reasons why those fountains have been built. Instead of simple drinking troughs, masterpieces have been built! Since 1860, the town...

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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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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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ROMANE ROAD

RAON SUR PLAINE

The Roman road is located at the heart of the forest of the Vosges, this road has been cleared over one kilometre, and the cobblestones are almost intact. Several well-preserved sections show the ruts that have been dug by wagons and indicate an important traffic on those summits! Let your imagination wanders in those exceptional places which used to be travelled by priests and Romans. The...

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