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Auvers-sur-Oise – the last home of Van Gogh

You have already watch all sights of Paris and visited all fashionable boutiques, but vacations are still going on? In this case we recommend you to visit the interesting town of Auvers-sur-Oise, which is only thirty-five kilometers from the capital city. The town was founded in the Middle Ages, but had become known thanks to the names of such famous painters as Cezanne, Monet, Pissarro, Daubigny, who loved to come here to admire the local beauty.

But we have to say that in art circles Auvers-sur-Oise is associated primarily with the name of legendary Van Gogh, or rather, with his delightful paintings. The great Dutch artist had spent the last months of his life here and left dozens of paintings for progeny. Walking through the streets of the town, landscapes of the painter come up in memory involuntarily.

Today the places, depicted on the paintings of Van Gogh, have special panels of his paintings. In addition, you can visit the room that the artist rented (an old coaching inn), where a museum dedicated to this famous man is. Van Gogh’s grave is located in the local cemetery near the church of Notre Dame.

We can also mention the other interesting museum in Auvers-sur-Oise. This is Museum of absinthe, where you can find many interesting stories about this cult drink, popular in France in the nineteenth – early twentieth centuries.

However, the most interesting place for tourists is the Castle of Auvers-sur-Oise (Chateaux Auvers-sur-Oise), built in 1635 for one banker, who arrived from Italy with Maria de Medici. The locals call this place the Castle of Lery, by the name of the royal advisor, who has upgraded the castle and gave it a modern look in the seventeenth century.

In our days a part of the castle is a museum dedicated to artists-impressionists, who made the valley of Oise river worldwide famous. Since 1994 the museum offers a tour with an original theatrical presentation “Journey to the times of the Impressionists”; halls of the museum sends visitors into atmosphere of the nineteenth century with all its colors. The excursion is accompanied by music, visual and other special effects. At the end of the tour visitors of the museum can watch 3-D movie “View of Vincent” about the last days of Van Gogh’s life. In the castle park there is a monument to the great artist, set in the midst of flower beds.

Town of Auvers-sur-Oise is extraordinarily beautiful, and you can see that, walking through its steep streets and admiring the beautiful houses. And paintings of the great artists only confirm the magnificence of this place.

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