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Inside Saint-Vulfran, Abbeville - ©Morburre / CC-BY-SA Inside Saint-Vulfran, Abbeville - ©Morburre / CC-BY-SA

Before the bombings in 1940, we could see a naughty creature, hung on the left side of SaintVulfran collegiate church in Abbeville: a stuffed lizard, about 2 metres long! What about the legend?This...

Saunerie gate, Manosque - ©Calips / CC-BY-SA Saunerie gate, Manosque - ©Calips / CC-BY-SA

The tradition says that the Saunerie gate was raised to celebrate king of France François Ier’s visit in Manosque, in 1516! Oh, since we’re talking about him, here’s a legend... The king was coming...

Roussillon - ©nadia & massimo / CC-BY Roussillon - ©nadia & massimo / CC-BY

Do you know Roussillon and its ochre quarries? A nice (and gory) legend explains ochre’s apparition, here. Nostradamus’ son, Jean, wrote about this in his book Vie des plus illustres poètes...

Château-Gaillard - ©Andy Hay / CC-BY Château-Gaillard - ©Andy Hay / CC-BY

September 1203. King Philippe Auguste had enough: he wanted to besiege Château-Gaillard castle and to recapture the place to expel the English. Well, it won’t be easy: a 4 months siege would begin...

Molay's stake - ©The British Library / Public domain Molay's stake - ©The British Library / Public domain

A horrible smell of burnt flesh spread in all the Cité island. A black smoke, too. The monstrous yells of the prisoners under sentence of death stopped, fortunately. But their terrible curse still...

Caylus - ©Austrian National Library (ÖNB) • Henri III - ©The British Library / Public domain Caylus - ©Austrian National Library (ÖNB) • Henri III - ©The British Library / Public domain

King Henri III didn’t look very well, this morning of May 1578, while he was crossing the icy nave of Saint-Louis church in Le Marais district. He had hollow cheeks, glazed eyes. He wept all night...

Plan for the Pont-Neuf, 1577, Carnavalet museum - ©Mbzt / CC-BY Plan for the Pont-Neuf, 1577, Carnavalet museum - ©Mbzt / CC-BY

The Pont-Neuf is Paris’ oldest bridge! The first stone of the current bridge was laid down with great pomp and ceremony on May 31th 1578, by king Henri III. His better half Louise de Vaudémont, his...

Clodomir, Childebert, Theodoric and Clotaire - ©The British Library / Public domain Clodomir, Childebert, Theodoric and Clotaire - ©The British Library / Public domain

550. Séverin the hermit lived in a small oratory raised on the current church spot. Fresh water, clear air, solitude... he had everything he needed to be happy! Until a young man, Clodoald, turned...

The bridge in the 17th c - ©The British Library / Public domain The bridge in the 17th c - ©The British Library / Public domain

It was the French chronicler Pierre de l’Estoile who told about this history in his Journal: it took place on the Saint-Michel bridge, in 1593... An Italian man fell madly in love with the wife of a...

The façade in the inner courtyard - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA The façade in the inner courtyard - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA

The dinner December 1725. Voltaire, 30 years old, was invited to lunch by duke of Sully in his Parisian townhouse. Suddenly, a domestic turned up and gave him a note. Men were waiting for him...