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Maladrerie Saint-Lazare in Beauvais is a hospital building which is several years old. In the Middle Age, the place was an isolated refuge for lepers. Today, the place has become a historical and architectural monument.
History of Maladrerie Saint-Lazare
Founded in 1131, Maladrerie Saint-Lazare has had more than 8 centuries of history. Over time, the place has passed successively from shelter for the sick, farming, to finally become a cultural place at the moment. Spread over more than 3 hectares of land, Maladrerie Saint-Lazare is made up of several buildings. The Saint-Lazare chapel is the oldest building. Then there is the barn whose frame dates back to the 20s. The sheepfold is more contemporary as is the home of the community. The remains of the plague building date from the end of the 16th century. The house of the administrator and the farmer was built in the 19th century.
A high culture place
Rich in history, Maladrerie Saint-Lazare is inscribed in the cultural and tourist heritage of Beauvais city, but also of France. Most of the buildings are open for visits throughout the year. It is important to note that the medieval garden is an ideal place to relax or to meditate. Apart from the invitations to the walk and the stroll, the garden allows to make botanical and symbolic discoveries of plants. In addition, shows are regularly organized in the medieval garden (Malice and Merveille Festival). The barn hosts concerts or exhibitions or even shows. The Beauvais Cellar Festival is a landmark event. You should also know that Maladrerie Saint-Lazare can host all kind of congresses and seminars any times.
The garden of the painter André van Beek in Beauvais
Owned by the painter André Van Beek and his wife Marie Thérèse, the private garden of Van Beek is located in Beauvais, more precisely in Saint Paul. Created in the year 2000, the garden is an inspiration for the owner but also for the visitors.
A colorful garden
In 17 years of existence, the one and a half hectare garden is characterized by its many successions of picturesque scenes. The 300 hydrangeas, 50 rosebushes and 200 nympheas, including 40 different species, have been arranged to create paintings varying with the cycle of days. Light and seasons are also of capital importance in their shapes and colors. You should know that trees, shrubs and flowers are scattered around seven pools connected by waterfalls. The latter can be crossed by an offset bridge, a Picard bridge or footbridges. Being a garden of English and contemporary type, the major and emblematic plant elements of the garden are collections of water lilies, hydrangeas, dahlias and remarkable trees.
An extraordinary environment
Besides the various visiting programs, the garden of the painter André Van Beek also welcomes different kinds of reception: baptism, betrothal, weddings, anniversaries or seminars. For this purpose, it has a reception room capable of accommodating 150 people. The environment provides an idyllic setting for wedding pictures. On the other hand, the garden hosts exhibitions of the owner but also other painters. It should be noted that visits are also organized in the garden. The pictures of the flowers and the trees are accompanied by various illuminations. It is a not to be missed spectacle! In addition, picnic and rest areas have also been laid out in the garden to satisfy visitors from all walks of life. Finally, it should be noted that the park has a large parking lot that can hold 80 cars.
The quadrilateral in Beauvais
In Beauvais, the Quadrilateral is an excellent cultural room. It is at the same time a space to put forward the know-how of some artists, mostly contemporary, but also to allow some to inspire themselves and create their own vision of art. Places are primarily aimed at highlighting modern artistic values.
It all started with tapestry
The Quadrilateral was built in 2016. Its first exhibition, which was named after the establishment at the time, was based on tapestry. Thus, the Quadrilateral was known to have been the National Gallery of Tapestry. Only nowadays, the places have changed a lot. This gallery opened to other disciplines of contemporary art. On the other hand, the leitmotif of the place is still to valorize modern artistic works while highlighting the French cultural heritage and why not local if possible. Thus, in places it is possible to see paintings, sculptures or other artistic expression, depending on the exhibition that is programmed.
A gallery for all lovers of contemporary art
Under the impulse of the local administrative authorities, such as the regional department of cultural affairs of the Hauts-de-France, the Quadrilatere quickly became a name for lovers of contemporary art. The exhibitions offered in the museum showcase artists such as ‘We are the Painters’, Van Lieshout or Maarten Van Severen. The quadrilateral in Beauvais hosts the exhibition L'Ecart Absolu. This collective exhibition of modern artists, like Karina Bisch or Dominique Mathieu, proposes thinking about the perpetual organization of space through endless construction and reconstruction. Visitors will be able to see, through this realistic theme, works made in painting, interior decoration or sculpture.
How to go by shuttle from Orly to Beauvais?
To go from Orly to Beauvais, take the A106 towards Paris, then take the Périphérique highway to Porte de la Chapelle, follow the A1 to Saint Denis, then the A86, the A 115 towards Beauvais, the A16 in directions of Amiens and exit at Beauvais Tillé towards the airport.