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Museum Dupuy-Mestre: photo description (musée Dupuy-Mestreau)

French town St is located in the seaside district of the Poitou - Charentes region, West of the centre of the country. Previously, there was a major Gallic settlement. Overall, the city has preserved much medieval architecture, but more buildings were heavily damaged or even completely destroyed during the religious wars of the XVI century.

The Museum itself is housed in a building built in the eighteenth century for a local aristocrat, who later became the Governor of Upper Alsace - Manansala. It was named in his honor mansion Manansala. The first stone structure was laid in 1738. Before the start of the French revolution here, in addition to residential apartments, housed a literary salon, and held receptions at the highest level. However, in 1790, in premises located in the Prefecture of the Charente Department.

The Museum was opened in 1920, but for a long time was only a private collection devoted to the history, art and traditions of this region. Only in 1992 the Museum was purchased by the city authorities. Now it is a large ethnographic Museum, which has a very impressive collection.

Here are the everyday objects of the urban dweller: national clothes, hats, jewelry and even toys Dating back to different eras. Also to explore are available many layouts, remodeling a historic town house. Among the exhibits are allocated and the masterpieces of decorative art: embroidery, pottery, ceramics, earthenware and porcelain, prints, jewelry and more.

It is worth noting the appearance of the building, particularly its main façade, designed in the Rococo style and distinct splendor. It is adorned with an elegant balustrade and the so-called "mascarons" elements of sculptural decoration in the shape of a human head.

The Museum is named in honor of its founder, Abel Mestre, through which here and there the majority of his exhibits.