at Bourmont

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    - Notre-Dame was built on the site of the former chapel of the castle of the eleventh century at the foot of which was built the bustling town of Bourmont. In the name of Saint-Florentin, she welcomed the canons of La Mothe after the destruction of the fortress in 1645 and was rebuilt (completion in 1754 of the church in its current state, except for the bell tower which was rebuilt at the following a fire in 1892). Passed to the chapter of the canonesses of Poussay, it did not become parish until the beginning of these in 1763. Its imposing proportions, the powerful decoration of its facade where the symbol of the Trinity is surrounded by monumental jars, the woodwork of its interior decoration is an explicit reflection of the prestigious history of the capital of the bailiwick of Bassigny before the fortification of La Mothe and after its destruction by order of Mazarin in 1645.

    Saint-Joseph, built to replace it, not far from the old parish church of Notre-Dame and the adjoining cemetery, was completed in 1856. It lost its parish status in 1763 in favor of the old church Saint-Florentin ( Notre-Dame) became collegiate. It has a very harmonious carved decoration and neo-Gothic painted, as well as stained glass windows, which have preserved their original homogeneity.

    - Guided tour of Bourmont
    The construction of the castle on a barred spur overlooking the valley of the Meuse, shortly after the year 1000, marks the beginning of Bourmont. The strategic position of the place, on the borders of the principalities of Champagne and Lorraine, in the county then duchy of Barrois, thus between France and Empire, is the reason of its development. The village castral settles at the foot of the castle, which loses its importance in favor of the fortress of La Mothe in the middle of the fifteenth century. Bourmont will experience a revival from the destruction of La Mothe in 1645, by order of Mazarin.
    The heritage of Bourmont is witness to this prosperity: towers of the enclosure, churches and religious institutions, private homes such as the Renaissance House or the beautiful houses of the eighteenth century, Roches Park and walk of the Côna chant a journey of original historical discovery.