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Transi de René de Chalon

Sculpted by Ligier Richier, in the year 1547, Transi de René de Chalon was built to honor the Prince of Orange. However, the sculpture is far from your regular memorials. A near-skeletal figure with torn skin and muscles, holding its heart in his hand, hardly looks like the 25 year old René de Chalon. But it was built to look like a decomposing corpse, as per specific instructions from the royal family. The reason behind this isn't clear, though some say it is to symbolize doing right by God even in death. Whatever the reasons, Transi de René de Chalon, which literally means "transforming René de Chalon", is a unique work of art and is often visited by art lovers from around the world.

Salle Dumas

Salle Dumas at the center of Bar-le-Duc is a famous venue for cultural events. Here, you can find stellar performances by local artists and groups in concerts, opera, drama and comedy shows. Equipped with adequate sound and light technologies and amazing acoustics, a visit to one of the events at Salle Dumas is highly recommended.

Théâtre Municipal de Bar le Duc

Equipped with impressive lighting and acoustics, Théâtre Municipal de Bar le Duc presents itself as a great entertainment option for theater aficionados. The venue has an expansive stage with tiered seats offering obstruction-free view of the performance area.

Trois-Fontaines Abbey

Trois-Fontaines Abbey was formerly a renowned Cistercian abbey situated in the very heart of the commune of Trois-Fontaines-l'Abbaye in France. It was established in 1118 by Bernard of Clairvaux - a French abbot known for his contributions towards the reformation of the Cistercian Order. This abbey suffered from significant damage during a fire which set off in 1703. It was eventually rebuilt by Pierre-Paul Guérin de Tencin, who was an esteemed French ecclesiastic. At present, the edifice is in ruins, and one of its outbuildings is being used to house a bicycle museum.

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