Thursday, April 28, 2011

Architectural Styles

The historic walk around Figeac is an exploration of architectural styles from the 9th century Eglise St.-Sauveur to the 19th-20th century buildings commemorating Figeac's favorite son, Jean-Francois Champollion, translator of the Egyptian hieroglyphs on the Rosetta Stone. It's a walk that takes you from the city ramparts high on a hill down the zig-zagging staircase onto main street and to the River Cele. It's easy to imagine other feet from other centuries trodding these same cobblestone rues and climbing these same staircases. History haunts every tiny square and lingers in every corner and crevice of the old city. 

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