Gien and its famous earthenware

Despite suffering terribly during the bombing in the Second World War, Gien has sprung valiantly back to life. Moreover, its historical heritage remains quite remarkable, with the old bridge crossing the Loire, remains of ramparts, the château of Anne de Beaujeu and the church of Sainte Jeanne d’Arc that overlooks it all... without forgetting its famous earthenware, still produced locally and boasting a dedicated museum.

Gien and its rich historical heritage

Start your visit of the town with the multiple old stone remains, including the ruins of the 14th century ramparts and the fine bridge with its twelve arches.
Then head to the upper part and the church of Sainte Jeanne d’Arc (15th century), named in honour of the Maid of Orléans. It is worth noting its bell tower, which alone escaped damage during the Second World War.
Alongside it stands the handsome château of Anne de Beaujeu, with its brick and stone facades. It is one of the oldest castles of the Loire! Francis I, Louis XIV and Catherine de' Medici all passed through its doors. It is home to a museum dedicated to hunting, history and nature in the Loire Valley.

Returning to the pedestrian streets, take the sightseeing staircase to a privileged viewpoint and admire the traditionally-decorated houses.

Another important site to visit is the house of the Alix, an old 15th century structure that survived the bombings.

The Musée de la Faïencerie de Gien (Gien faïence museum)

Gien also owes its reputation to its famous earthenware, or faïence, production, an example of French skills that goes back to 1821. 

Gien's earthenware industry is internationally renowned, especially since the Universal Exposition of 1889, where it presented the "Vase de Paon", a monumental piece standing three metres high.

Located in the warehouse of the old factory, the Faïence Museum displays the finest local earthenware products of the past and present.

Gien, a town nestling in the natural Loire Valley countryside

Located near the entrance to the great forest of Orléans, Gien itself boasts an equally remarkable natural heritage.

Taking a stroll along the quaysides, you will see the Loire flowing peacefully on down to the sea. Several times, however, the river has broken its banks and it flooded the town in 1846, 1856, 1907 and, more recently, in 2003. 

In spite of all this and like many other towns in the Loire Valley, Gien has profited in the past from its proximity to the river. To pay tribute to the prestigious commercial past of the Marine de Loire (the thriving trade that travelled up and down the river), enthusiasts continue to build typical Loire river boats (fûtreauxtoues etc.) and even sail them, just like the "Fis d’Galarne" (the old sailors from Gien).
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