The Belle Epoque
in Bagnoles de l’Orne
Three listed boulevards lined with sumptuous residences form the Belle Epoque Quarter, A relic of the town’s heyday when the town was increasing in fame. I want to know more about the architecture of this area, so I took advantage of a guided tour offered by the tourist office so I could learn more about the decorative style of these residential villas.
The tour started from the tourist office in Place du Marché in the town centre where I met our guide for a two hour guided walk around the heart of the spa resort.
The building of the railway station in 1881 brought the first tourists from the aristocracy and high society who came to take the waters at Bagnoles. A luxury hotel was built on the banks of the lake and the first second homes for holidaymakers quickly followed.