The Jean Racine path in the Valley of Chevreuse.

The Jean Racine path is a walk of 5 kms between the Madeleine Castle and the Abbey of Port-Royal in the regional natural park of the high Valley of Chevreuse.

The chemin (path) Jean Racine is a trail between two famous places : the castle of the Madeleine and the Abbey of Port-Royal.

You can have a magnificent view of the surrounding area in the castle of la Madeleine. The tour takes a few minutes and is free.

At the end of the walk you can see the vestige of the abbey of Port-Royal and discover the history of Jansenism. To summarize, Jansenism is a branch of Catholicism that no longer exists.

Today the debate on predestination of man seems a little outdated, but you can always visit the Abbey and its Museum to find out this current of thought.

The visit of the Abbey and the Museum require an admission fee except the first Sunday of the month.

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Duration: 4 h.

Start

You can easily park your car next to the castle. The hike starts by the road on the left of the parking lot (opposite the castle).

Inside the castle

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Inside the castle
The castle whose construction began in the 11th century is very nice. You can get a map of the path at the entrance.

The view from the castle

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The view from the castle
The name of the trail is the name of a famous writer “Racine”, he lived in the area.

The path along the road

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The path along the road
This is the less intersting part of the course, the path runs along the road for a fairly long distance. The entry in the forest is indicated by some signs.

The forest

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The forest
In the forest the path is straight.

The path through fields

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The path through fields

The mill of Fauveau

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The mill of Fauveau

The Lorioterie

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The Lorioterie
The course runs along a small hamlet.

The cloister

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The cloister
The abbey doesn’t exist any longer, you can only see some remains.

The remains of the Abbey

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The remains of the Abbey
You can see the remnants of the Abbey destroyed in 1709. The small chapel (the oratory), which is on the site was built more later (1789). Access to the ruins is free.

The goal of the walk

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The goal of the walk
'The Jean Racine grave. this isn''t the real grave he has only been buried here for 11 years.'

The 100 markets

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The 100 markets
The museum is located on the top of the hill.

The Museum of Port-Royal

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The Museum of Port-Royal
The Museum retraces the history of the site and the history of Jansenism (a variation of the Catholicism).
Start of the walk (Google Maps)

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