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Domrémy la Pucelle

Domrémy la Pucelle
Domrémy is a little village in the département of Vosges, on the banks of the river Meuse, very close to the borders of the départements of Meuse, Meurthe, Moselle and Haute-Marne.

The village of Domrémy was shared between several authorities: the northern part belonged to Champagne, part of the Manor of Vaucouleurs and was part of the Kingdom of France. The southern part, including Joan's house, belonged to the "Barrois mouvant" area, since the Duke of Bar was a vassal of the King of France for the lands situated to the west of the River Meuse. These lands were held in fief by the Abbots of Mureaux and by the Lords of Bourlémont. The rear part of Joan of Arc's house includes part of the original house.
Joan was born there in January 1412. Her father was a labourer there - that is, a well-off peasant - who rented part of the old chateau. You can visit the house where she was born. The present façade was built in 1431 by a great-great-nephew of Joan's, Claude du Lys, Lord of Domrémy.

The House where Joan of Arc was born
The house where Joan of Arc was born was purchased in 1818 by the Vosges Département, and listed as an Historical Monument in 1840. It has been preserved and restored. Its façade is decorated with a tympanum sculpted with coats of arms from the 15th century, and a statue of Joan in armour, kneeling. Inside, you can visit four rooms: the room where she was born, Joan's bedroom, the storeroom and the brothers' room.

The Centre Johannique (Joan of Arc Centre)
Near the house where Joan of Arc was born, the Centre Johannique presents "Visages de Jeanne" (Faces of Joan): a group of presentations based on a new concept of cultural tourism.
It includes three different, complementary areas that allow the visitor to choose different types of visit, involving greater or less detail. The ambulatory, the great gallery and the projection room offer a visit lasting between one and three hours.
This centre also constitutes a place reinforcing citizenship, where young people from France and other parts of Europe - starting from the story of Joan of Arc and this pivotal period between the Middle Ages and modern times, a period of transformation that resembles ours in that respect - can reflect on a Europe in which we have lived and on which we must build.

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