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Musee du Protestantisme Dauphinois

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Address: 25 rue de l Ancien Temple | Vieux Village, 26160 Le Poet-Laval, France
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+33 4 75 46 46 33
15:00 - 18:30
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The Museum of Dauphinois Protestantism in the temple in Le Poet-Laval (one...

The Museum of Dauphinois Protestantism in the temple in Le Poet-Laval (one of the few early protestant temples that survived the 'revocation of the Edict of Nantes' which removed protestant rights in France) has artefacts looking at the historic persecution of protestants in the region. The temple probably started life as a residence of one of the knights Hospitalier and then in the 15th century became the village hall before being converted into a protestant temple in 1622. Internally only the galleries retain their 14th century appearance. The central pulpit and pews which form a circle were added in 1860. The temple is a rare example of Protestant church dating from before the 19th century. As well as being a museum it is occasionally still used as a church.

The Museum is the starting point of the European hiking route " In the footsteps of the Huguenots " hiking trail whose journey of about 1600 km, follows the path of exile of the Huguenots to the countries of Refuge, trough Switzerland up to Bad Karlshafen in the Northern Germany.

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Down memory lane

I hadn't been in this place for 10 years but I visited it twice this summer for a memorable concert with two powerful Chinese artists and their fantastic accompanist which enabled... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2016
Paris, France
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Washington, D.C.
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

we went because we were interested in learning more about the history of protestantisme in the area and were pleased to find that their presentation of history was more expansive and included much insight into later periods and the various resistance movements

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Paris, France
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

I hadn't been in this place for 10 years but I visited it twice this summer for a memorable concert with two powerful Chinese artists and their fantastic accompanist which enabled me to see a room of the museum I didn't know;On my second trip,I visited the museum and the exhibition on the Cimade . I know a thing or... More 

Thank sylviafize
Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Great host who spent time with us to explain the history due to most of the facility being in French. He provided great books in English to accompany our visit. Small museum but worth the visit.

Thank Alsace2014
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 19 October 2014

Protestant history weaves a tenuous and gripping hold generally, but never as strongly and chillingly, as here, on the very northern limits of Provence, on a wooded hillside of the Poet mountain in the Drone. It stands as picturesque as its name, surrounded by a landscape of gold and purple, when, as in summer, the corn and lavender fields come... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 October 2014

A very enjoyable and informative insight into the struggles of Protestants had in this part of France. One of the very remaining Protestant churches from this period

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Reviewed 28 April 2014

In this magical village, discover one of the two last historical protestant church in France. All the other have been destroyed after "Edit de Nantes" revocation in 1685. In this little place, you can imagine how the congregation gathered and listened to the pastors preach. Fixed to the old pulpit, you will notice a hourglass : Protestant preaches could be... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

It was interesting to learn about this early protestant movement (which I had never heard about). Unfortunately, everything was in French.

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Alberto N, Responsable relations publiques at Musee du Protestantisme Dauphinois, responded to this review

A quite complete presentation of the Museum is available in several languages. It should have ben proposed at the counter to you. Sorry about that. More 

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Reviewed 4 July 2012

If you have a protestant back ground and you are interested in history this is a place to start. There is now a sort of walkway established which shows the plight of the Huguenots. Some of the names are in a register.

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