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Old city since it was on the road connecting Bayeux to the Upper Normandy, where the passage to ford was possible, this city was taken with many recoveries by the unloaded English in 1346 with "St Vast Hougue". At the end of the 15th century was rebuilt the church "St Michel" and it was also the occasion of a resequencing of "Vicomté" taken again by Louise de Bourbon Countess of Montpensier. Many conflicts burst in turn until 1590 where the army of Henry IV arrives. The district of Vaucelles burns as well as the belfry and the vaults of the church. Then again acalmy until XVIIIst century. Since this moment the city developed while becoming a significant center of activity administrative and legal and especially a driving crossroads with various roads. This development continued until the revolution then the city is maintained and lives quietly to the last war where nearly 65% of the city was destroyed. Extremely fortunately the remaining vestiges were well maintained.
The church "Saint Michel" called also " Cathédrale of the Pastures " is one of the most beautiful religious monuments of the area and was restored after the war

While going along the full of fish river "Calone", one arrives at the small church "Saint Melaine". A little further the amateurs from famous "Calvados" will be able to visit the spirits store of the " Père Magloire".
The municipal market with place Monday morning under the large market, the local producers offer the products of their farm.
The Montpensier hotel shelters the library and during the tourist season of the exposures.
The hotel of Brilly shelters the town hall where was born Robert de Flers novelist (1872/1929).

Place court, the old prison shelters the files of Vicomté d' Auge and is opened with the public unfortunately only during the days of the inheritance and on go.
On this same place comes to be renovated the convent of the Dominican ones. All this part of Pont-l'Evêque is oldest of the city. You can still see very beautiful half-timbered houses, while crossing the bridge of the Yvie river, it is necessary to push a little further to discover the old hostellery built under François 1st (the restaurant " L'aigle d'or" is in this place) and very well renovated. (good cook 16/20 ).

In this area stone constructions were rather rare, the stone with chimney became very expensive and were reserved for the churches, manors and castles. In fact in this sector, some houses have been built for more than 4 centuries. The architectural principle is based on the assembly of tenons and mortises. Around the house, under-meanly out of stone a height ranging between 0.50m and 1m on which is posed a large beam called " plate " and where come to position the vertical pieces of wood called " half-timberings ". These half-timberings are maintained in their high part by a less broad beam called " sand pit ". The posts of angles " angles " are maintained on both sides by parts in obliques called " scarves " and to solidify the whole, beams transversalles " diagrids " which support the stage and make sometimes covered on the frontage and can be carved reasons or characters and that one names " corbel ".
We cannot speak about Pont-l'Evêque without speaking about cheese about the same name, about which one speaks on the XIIth century in books such as " the Romance of the Rose " about Guillaume de Lorrys, or about the "Pavé d'Auge" . There remain some cheese dairies whose products are sold in the trade of the city or on the market.

Leisures in Pont-l'Evêque :

There are many ballades to make , (for the walkers, roads are displayed with the tourist office) to do some cycling (location downtown), with horse, of many stud farms propose excursions in the area according to your level, or in the car ex: the road of the cider, the road of the "douets" (brooks), these routes are well marked out. The sinners will not be remains about it since they will find meadows of 50 km rivers to tease trout or other fish as well as sea trouts in the " calone ", " the yvie " " the drums " or " the divine ones ". On the lake of Pont-l'Evêque (59 hectares) you can practise fishing, canoe, windsurfing, swimming (But you must pay to get in).

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