When I was looking for inspiration for this week’s Thursday Doors post, I found myself revisiting photos from the few days we spent in Rouen, France.
Rouen is an ancient city with a long storied background, including the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431. I could easily have spent weeks exploring here, and in the few days we had available, we barely scratched the surface of all the history this wonderful old city had to share.
Today I take you to one of Rouen’s eight museums that is open to the public for free – Musée Le Secq des Tournelles.
It contains a large collection of pre-industrial wrought iron, housed in a former 16th century church. The museum is named after its founder Jean-Louis-Henri Le Secq Destournelles (1818–1882).
When Gilles first revealed that this museum was on his must-see list, I confess that I rolled my eyes. Of Rouen’s eight free museums, wrought iron wouldn’t have made my top seven choices. In fact I was very tempted to let him go off on his own to see this one, but caved at the last minute.
The surprise was mine. Gilles had to practically drag me out of there.
When we first walked in, I found it visually overwhelming with ‘frilly’ pieces of black iron hanging everywhere.
I wasn’t interested in ironworks so I spent my time simply admiring the old grand church, grateful that this wonderful piece of architectural history had been saved from the wrecking ball.
The stone work was in desperate need of cleaning, but its beautiful bones still shone through the accumulation of grime over the centuries.
But then I started to notice some of the individual details of certain pieces of iron.
The next thing I knew, I was hooked and making a second pass through the building to see what I had missed.
Who knew? More doors! … and lids, locks, scissors, saws, and other oddities of various types.
I can’t believe I’m actually going to say it, but he was right and I was wrong.
If you ever find yourself in Rouen, the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles really does make for an interesting stop.
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