The Maison des Arcades has been open to the public since 2018, thanks to the exhibitions organised by the Culture & Heritage Department.
Arcades and Templars
Located in the heart of the historic centre, this building known as the ‘Templiers’ is an arcaded house dating from the 15th & 16th centuries, whose façade and cellar are classified Historical Monuments.
It has been home to some important personalities like the powerful Broquery family in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The village’s first shops
Rue des Templiers (aka Rue des Arcades) is one of the oldest streets in the village. On the ground floor, under the ogival arches and behind the ribs, the building was occupied by shops and businesses.
Hence, customers were sheltered from the heat or the rain as they browsed the shopkeepers’ stands. As a precaution against theft, however, they were not allowed to go inside the shops.
Business was done solely across a counter which opened for the collection of goods that had been purchased and paid for in advance.
Notice the mullion windows on the upper floors. The high steps on the inside twist around a central column that bears 2 coats of arms carved into 2 different types of stone.
In 2018, after major work to improve the building’s accessibility, the Maison des Arcades became an exhibition venue and home to the town’s Culture & Heritage Department.