colombages

Before work today I ran some errands, including stopping by this medieval Monoprix in Troyes for some American goodies I can’t get anywhere else. In the older, mostly pedestrian part of Troyes, many of the buildings date back to the enormous fire that destroyed around 1500 homes in 1524 and were mostly rebuilt in this pans de bois (also known as maison à colombages or simply timbered) construction. I love seeing how they’ve respected the renovation of these buildings, which started about thirty years ago and there are only a few buildings today that are still in need of restoration. It may look tiny from the outside, but rest assured that behind this facade there is a full department store with a grocery above it!