Podtour of Bourges
Bourges is one of France's most well kept secrets. The cathedral was started
at the same time as Chartres, and it's of the same high quality as its more
famous rival - some would say it's better. And the city has more surviving
half timbered houses than almost anywhere else in France. There are fine
late Gothic palaces and delightful cobbled streets.
Yet you won't find throngs of tourists in the streets
- or even in the cathedral.
Our Podtour™ shows you around the city, starting
with the ruins of the Palace of the Duc de Berry. We'll learn about Jean,
Duc de Berry, the greatest art patron of his age, and Jacques Coeur, the
richest man in fifteenth-century France. Jacques Coeur built himself a wonderful
palace here - but never lived in it he was arrested by the king, and made
his escape to Rome, and then to a crusade he never finished.
And we'll visit the cathedral. It's a visionary
work of Gothic architecture, with its double aisles, immense height, and
single, unbroken space - a work of unity that was finished in a single building
campaign and has remained almost unchanged ever since. We'll also see some
gorgeous stained glass, from Jacques Coeur's charming Annunciation window
to the amazing set of original thirteenth century windows and we'll see
one of the earliest medieval clocks in Europe - certainly the most accurate!