Villages from N to Z

Neuville-lès-Vaucouleurs

This is a one-street village located not far from Vaucouleurs, lined on the West by the communal forest and on the East by the canal of Haute-Meuse and the Meuse valley. The church dedicated to Saint Amand was built in 1713 and consecrated in 1755 by the Bishop of Toul. The portal and the bell-tower were reconstructed and the three bells were installed in 1902. You can discover a stony bridge built in the 18th century and composed of five arcs. It enables to cross the canal of Haute-Meuse to reach the grasslands of the Meuse valley and the former train station. There is a set composed of the washhouse, the city hall and the school, designed in 1848 by the architect from Verdun, Claudot. In front of it, you can find a monument for dead donkeys of the Great War, on the location of a barn which served as donkeys' hospital. The 19th century castle of the Woëvre is situated away from the village.

 

Pagny-La-Blanche-Côte

Galo-Roman village mentioned for the first time in 625, it is located on a sloped hillside without vegetation. The Blanche Côte is a natural calcareous geological formation. Amazingly, it holds Mediterranean botanical and faunal originalities. It is a highly valued departure place for paraglidings. The village was largely fired in 1630 by the Swedes (Thirty Years War). The church Saint Grégoire le Grand is dating from the 15th century. The remarkable portal is composed of a door with a central pillar. It is surmonted by a foliage and flower frieze and by a tympanum with ogee. There is a monolithic grave of the 16th century. You can find two statues dating from the end of the 15th century. On the heights, a “Séré de Rivières” military building from the end of the 19th century and called "fort de Pagny" was built but it is not accessible. You can discover the chapel Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs.

 

Rigny-la-Salle

Located on the right bank of the Meuse River, Rigny was mentioned for the first time in a writing in 971 under the name of Rignium. In the 10th century, Rigny had the name of Riniacus ad aulam regiam and it is only in 1300 that we called it Rigny-la-Salle. The village was the place of several interviews between French kings and Germanic Emperors during the 13th century. On the village outskirts raises the Castle of Malpierre dating from the 10th century. Fired in 1831, we can still see the terrace where rose the castle and two bastionned corner towers. The park and the former moats of the castle, that you can discovered by borrowing a bridge with three arcs, give a charm to the set. The church was built in 1834. It preserved its former bell tower-belfry of the 18th century which contains three bells of 1857. In the center of the village, the small pedestrian stony bridge was built during the 19th century. The village is crossed by the Beaumelle.

 

Rigny-Saint-Martin

Crossed by the brook Saint Fiacre flowing into the Aroffe, Rigny-Saint-Martin is the commune where the famous interview of the Quatre-Vaux took place, the meeting between Philippe le Bel and the Emperor of Germanic Holly Empire Albert 1st of Habsbourg in 1299. The circular shaped church was built in 1849. This is a very different design from usual constructions because there are only 4 churches built on the same style in France. The chapel of St Fiacre whose statues are in the Museum Lorrain of Nancy was built in 1522. In the forest, two springs are present: one named "les Quatres Conscrits", and the other one "la Bonne Vierge". Two former mills remain on the territory.

 

Saint-Germain-Sur-Meuse

Located on a hill bypassed by the Meuse River, the village offers panoramic views to the South, to the West and to the North. Originally, Saint-Germain was situated on the Gallo-Roman way connecting Reims and Metz which crosses the Meuse River by a stony bridge. In 447, the bishop of Auxerre called Saint Germain came to evangelize the population by realizing a miracle. An abbey was built where the miracle took place and the name of the bishop was given to the village. The church was built in 1601 where the ruins of the abbey were located. After the Thirty Years War, the village was abandoned for a long time. There was a church built in 1714. In the cemetery, you can discover the neo-baroque grave from the 19th century designed by Martin Pierson (cast iron of art in Vaucouleurs). Next to the cemetery, there is the castle, a 18th century building with a long hipped roof in tiles and windows in lintel on the west facade. You can find a wooden bridge on the Meuse river built in 1823, teared off by ices the same year and restored in iron in 1894. Destroyed for the second time in 1940, it was reconstructed in 1944. The chapel of Massey raises on the heights of the other side of the valley.

 

Sauvigny 

Located at the furthest South of the department, on the borders of the Vosges and of the Meurthe-et-Moselle, Sauvigny is a charming village with its hamlet of Traveron making the happiness of the fishers. The church built in 1180 is dedicated to Saint Loup. The oak prayer pulpit is remarkable for its sculptures telling the life of his Patron. There is a covered washhouse from 1839 where a god and a goddess leaned on an urn which pours abounding tides are represented. They are negligently pressed on a washboard, symmetrically standing with one's back to a woman's statue with girdle, dressed with a draped tunic. A 16th century calvary raises by the roadside leading to Brixey-aux-Chanoines. The Hamlet of Traveron is a former mill with vane. You can discover the chapel of St Gibrien of the 13th century.

 

Sepvigny

Located at the foot of a hill, along the edge of an arm of the Meuse River called "la vieille Meuse", Sepvigny possess three buildings listed as historical monuments :
1) The church Saint Evre (fortified) was reconstructed during the 14th century and possess a unique nef in five bays, with octagonal plan inside and oblong plan outside.
2) The chapel called "du Vieux Astre" ( probably 12th century) is situated at 700 meters at the Northeast of the village: the painted vaults evoke the legend of "The Three Dead Kings”, the Death, the Judgment, the Hell and the Paradise.
3) A stony calvary built in the 16th century leans against the wall of a house in the direction of Champougny.

 

Taillancourt

Pleasant village with all its renovated houses, including the ones of the street Delle characterized by a beautiful line of carriage gates. The oldest one is dating from 1745. The washhouse was built in the 18th century and was restored in 1853. Of elongated plan preceded by a dressed stone porch, its roof is composed of violin tiles. The church was reconstructed in 1860 at the same place as the one erected in the 15th century. In the cemetery, there are magnificent funerary monuments. One of them was designed by Pierson de Vaucouleurs' workshop (art foundry). There are three fountains dating from 1900 and a beautiful 18th century two story open roof washhouse.

 

Ugny-sur-Meuse

This is a one-street village, standind in the Meuse River and stretching at the top of a hill. In the 5th century, the population found shelter in the village of Sauvigny after the destruction of Ugny by Attila, King of the Huns. The 11th century church was restored in 1620 and modified during the 18th century. Paintings of the end of the 19th century decorate the vault of the choir. You can see a beautiful stained-glass window created in 1890 by the Catholic Institute of Vaucouleurs (Institut Catholique de Vaucouleurs) which is an art foundry. The former mill on an arm of the Meuse River was rehabilitated in house. Near, there is a washhouse.