Domremy-la-Pucelle
Part Two

A Visit in March of 2001

Joan of Arc was born in a house, in the front room where there is a fireplace. That was important, since she was born in the month of January, for sure, perhaps on the sixth day, in 1412 (most likely, but could be 1411).

The pictures on this page show a house that stands today.  It is a sizable house, four rooms on the first floor, and a second story.  It was restored in the nineteenth century.
 

It is a protected historical monument, of course:

The birth room is the location of a fine statue of Joan (the photo of the room itself was fuzzy, sorry, so not included):

A second fireplace, just like the one in the birth room, is located in this next room, with the stairs going up to a second floor that was closed to visitors:

Another room in the current house is this one, purportedly Joan's and her sister Catherine's bedroom.  Right now it has two visitors checking out the poster showing a genealogy of Joan's parents' children and grandchildren, etc., for several generations forward in time:
 

Another room is north of the birth room. It shows the depth of the walls and smallness of the windows on the north side where where western hills prevent evening sun and loss of heat would potentially be greatest:

From the outside, the house isn't much to look at. In the 15th century it was no doubt a successful peasant's dwelling. Jacques was a hard working farmer and held minor office, he was the 'doyen' of the village, a person who promulgated town council rulings.

The house is located next to the village church, a church we will visit in the next (third) Domremy page:

In the current gardens of the home, as well as across the street by the bridge over the Meuse, several worthwhile works of sculpture have been set up, like this bust in a setting that reminded me of the classic Greek style:

Even the magic of digital photo manipulation could not put a face on this charming (you'll have to trust me on that one) Joan:

But my favorite was at the side of the bridge, which is close to the house. The house is just to the left of the car on the bridge, and the statues of the next photos are by the flagpole at the right end of the bridge:

This is a statue of Joan and Saint Catherine (I suspect, since she is the protector of young girls and looks protective to me here, I show three pictures to try to convey this sense of tender caring):

 

This statue stands next to the bridge over the Meuse.  From that bridge, here is a view to the south:

A farm at the village's southern edge is rewardingly picturesque:

From the white fence in the picture, above, a tributary can be seen to meet the Meuse at the bridge:

A view back shows the tributary to be what drains the nearby hills to the west:

Finally, from the bridge the river makes its nortward run past the center of the village:

The next page is an exploration of the village church (click on third link, below).

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