a great media coup for the Saint-Cosme priory in La Riche

a great media coup for the Saint-Cosme priory in La Riche
a great media coup for the Saint-Cosme priory in La Riche

We announced it a few days ago in the NR: the Saint-Cosme priory in La Riche is one of the two sites selected for the Centre-Val de Loire region in competition for “The favorite monument of the French 2024”. The other monument being the castle of Maintenon in Eure-et-Loir. In Indre-et-Loire, the Château de Villandry in 2020 and the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau in 2022 had already been selected for this program broadcast on France Televisions. The 14 monuments selected this year will compete for the coveted title of Favorite Monument of the French 2024, the ranking and winner of which will be revealed during a program at the start of the school year in September, as a preamble to the European Heritage Days.

The poetry of a site to rediscover

The Saint-Cosme priory in La Riche, is a former monastery founded in the 11e century and which owes its reputation to its most illustrious occupant: Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585). The “Prince of poets and poet of princes” lived in Saint-Cosme for the last twenty years of his life, he died there and has been resting there ever since.

The director of the Saint-Cosme priory in La Riche, Vincent Guidault, in front of a window which houses works by Pierre de Ronsard “Prince of poets and poet of princes”.
© Photo NR, Pascal Landré

This selection coincides with the 500e anniversary of the birth of Ronsard, which will give rise to several events in 2024. Including the major exhibition “RonsArt: Ronsard and the arts, from 16e century to the present day”, which will take place from June 22 to September 22, 2024. An exhibition which will highlight the links that Ronsard maintained with those who paid tribute to the poet of La Pléiade, musicians, painters, writers…

“The fact of having been chosen to participate in this competition for the program presented by Stéphane Bern offers us the opportunity of a great spotlight for the priory”, welcomes Vincent Guidault, director of the site for twenty years, owned by the Department of Indre-et-Loire.

It is also for the Tourangeaux, an invitation to (re)discover this thousand-year-old priory, at the gates of Tours: its 12 themed gardens which express the way of life of the monks, the large refectory – restored after having been partly destroyed by the bombings of 1944 – the monks’ vegetable garden, the religious cemetery planted with noble laurels, the church and its two Romanesque chapels from the 11e century and of course, the Prior’s home, the house of Pierre de Ronsard, with its olfactory scenographic journey. The visitor will take the staircase which leads to the study of the Renaissance poet. In this small office with a view of the Loire, the co-founder of La Pléiade wrote the most beautiful love poems in French literature.

You have until May 24 to vote on the France Télévisions website, and talk about the Saint-Cosme priory, Touraine, and Ronsard, the emblematic poet of the Jardin de la France.

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