Fodor's Expert Review Le Grand-Andely
Les Andelys Town/Village Free
Les Andelys's many-layered history illustrates important events in the history of France. Vestiges of its Gallo-Roman past are hidden in the cobbled streets of Le Grand-Andely, starting with a lovely frieze preserved in the wall of the military school. The Collégiale Notre Dame des Andelys church was rebuilt in 1225 over the ruins of a former church founded by Queen Clotilde, wife of Clovis Ier, the third king of France, upon his death in AD 511. The miraculous waters of the adjacent Fontaine de Saint Clotilde flowed in answer to the queen's prayers on behalf of thirsty workmen digging the church foundations in the heat, which turned the waters of a nearby fountain into wine (alas, no more). Maps of the town are available at the tourist office, though the sites are generally well marked and can be easily discovered on your own.