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The renaissance town of Marville

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Marville gained its noble status in the Middle Ages.
The Count of Bar, Theobald 1st, liberated from the Beaumont law of the 13th century, built these fortifications. His marriage to Ermesinde of Luxembourg would be decisive. From 1270, the lands of Marville and Arrancy became ‘common lands’ of the duchies of Luxembourg and Bar. It was a free and neutral zone that attracted rich feudal lords and clergymen.
Marville’s ‘common lands’ passed to the Dukes of Lorraine and Burgundy in 1415 by succession, the most well-known of whom were René of Anjou and Charles V. Therefore, the residents of Marville retained their rights and privileges for over 400 years. In the 16th century, the town experienced a particularly prosperous period, during which the feudal lords and rich merchants had beautiful homes built in the Renaissance style. Marville’s decline began in 1659 when the town was included under the jurisdiction of the Kingdom of France by the Treaties of Vincennes and the Pyrenees.
To walk through Marville’s streets and alleyways lined with beautiful residences, is to enter into the life of the noble people, craftsmen and merchants of the 16th century, who made the town wealthy.
The buildings you must not miss on your stroll should be the Drapiers house, built in 1524, the Egremont hotel, the house of Chevalier Michel with its two storey mezzanine, and the wine merchants’ homes.
The Saint-Nicolas Church, built in the 13th and 14th centuries, will allow you to take in the filigree stonework, two Jacques Grüber windows and the Iberian organ.
Another testimony to its rich past, located 2 km from the village, is the cemetery of Saint-Hilaire, with its unusual ossuary and its 12th century Romanesque church.
While you are here, why not take advantage of the nearby Othain valley as a centre for leisure activities: swimming (indoor pool, lake), equestrian centre, walking/hiking paths, etc.