September 22, 2015

1911 FRANCE (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté) - Villeneuve-sur-Yonne


Villeneuve-sur-Yonne lies on the bank of the River Yonne, between the cities of Sens and Joigny. The city was founded in 1163 by Louis VII of France to protect the kingdom of France at the boundary of the Champagne. In 1204 King Philip II Augustus held parliament in the city, and Louis IX resided in the city before departing for the Eighth Crusade. In 1594 the city was burnt down. During the French Revolution the name was changed from le-Roi (the king) to sur-Yonne (on the Yonne). Now it is surrounded by a partly intact wall, built during the 12th century, which was one of the 8 residences of the French kings.

Among the main sights of the city are the two main entrance gates to the city, Gate of Sens and Gate of Joigny, and the Gothic and Renaissance Church Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (Our Lady of Assumption). Its first stone was blessed by Pope Alexander III in 1163 at the same time of Notre Dame de Paris. Its great Renaissance porch was built in 1575 from sketchings of Jean Chéreau, born in Joigny. Some of the stained glass windows are from the 13th century (north side) and others from the 16th century.

About the stamps
The first stamp is part of the definitive series depicting Marianne, issued on  July 16, 2014, about which I wrote here. About the second stamp I don't know anything.

Villeneuve-sur-Yonne - Wikipedia

Sender: Xavier
Sent from Villeneuve-sur-Yonne (Burgundy / France), on 28.08.2015
Photo: J-J Dubray

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