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Chapelle Saint Blaise des Simples

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SueandDavidSydney wrote a review Jun 2018
Sydney, Australia43 contributions7 helpful votes
Fontainebleau area is renowned for its chateaux, that highlight the excesses of the rich and famous. Thus, the Chapelle Saint Blaise des Simples is a serene, simple modest contrast, a place to contemplate and meditate on life. The chapel was built as part of a leper colony in the 12th century and it is the only remaining building of the complex. It is exquisite in its simplicity and small size, and we were the only visitors at the time, which enhanced our experience. There is the added layer of the lovely Jean Cocteau drawings of the medicinal plants on the chapel walls, beautifully executed and appropriate in their simplicity for the little chapel. Surrounding the chapel are the medicinal gardens, labelled and nicely presented.Art works were scattered throughout the garden, plus a photographic display of birds and animals native to the region. Many thanks to the welcoming french lady selling the tickets.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Roypee wrote a review Nov 2017
Birmingham, UK96 contributions30 helpful votes
This is a gorgeous chapel. The simplicity of Cocteau's artworks matches perfectly the location and modesty of St Blaises. Though 'les simples' may refer to herbs, the word is spot on for the style and feel. Do visit the herb garden that surrounds the chapel though.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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AnneeJ wrote a review Sep 2017
Leicester England48 contributions22 helpful votes
Been coming to Milly for 20 years and this was our first visit to this wonderful little chapel, well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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mjkw wrote a review Jun 2017
paris32 contributions21 helpful votes
The chapelle is south of the center of town and closes for lunch 12:30-2 (or 2:30). There is much to see and read inside , A sound recording by Jean Marais is very interesting - it's in French, but very clear. The garden of "simples" (medicianl plants) is agreeable (there is a huge farm for them a bit farther south) and posters showing designs by Cocteau for other chapels adds to the visit. The litle shop, which also sells tickets, has prints of some of the pictures in the chapel. It's les than a 15 minute walk to the center of town where the Halle is located - and also the most amazing collection of patisseries I've ever seen
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Date of experience: June 2017
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familywizz wrote a review May 2017
Godalming20 contributions3 helpful votes
This chapel was built in the 12th century for the leper colony at the time. In the 1950's it was painted inside with the herbal flowers of the region by the French author Jean Cocteau, who so lived the region and who is buried in the chapel.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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