The Treasure of Falaise
Visit the Falaise tourist office to start your quest and follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror.
Stage 1 | The church of Saint Laurent
Knights, our quest begins here! This is where you must solve the first riddle! It is also the place where my own adventure began, for this building is among those that saw me grow up.
Well done! You can now head for the Church of the Holy Trinity, and continue your journey!
By Jove! Be particularly observant, it's neither an object, nor an animal.Submit my answer
Stage 2 | The Church of the Holy Trinity
Here we are at the Church of the Holy Trinity. If you pass by the paved Tréguillet pathway, you can admire lots of gargoyles! The church nave dates from the Hundred Years' War, yet it suffered severe damage by a German bombardment in 1944. Inside the church, simply revel in the magnificent choir vault.
The Holy Trinity's choir vault, of exceptional architectural design, was rebuilt identical to the original choir following a fire. What material was used to build the vault?
You are worthy of your rank! Now follow me to the statue edified in my own glory!
Are you sure? Here's a new clue, it's something that floats.Submit my answer
Stage 3 | William the Conqueror’s equestrian statue
This statue was inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry - it portrays me on horseback at the Battle of Hastings. By Louis Rocher, a Parisian artist, it celebrates my victory and my courage, and was even displayed for a few weeks on the Champs Élysées.
If you look round the base of the statue of William the Conqueror arriving at the Battle of Hastings, you will see the lineage of the Dukes of Normandy who preceded him. How many figures can you see?
How clever you are! OK, let's gallop our way to the town hall!
Oops, sorry, count again! Add a finger to your hand and you'll find the right number!Submit my answer
A short history lesson
Si l’on n’est pas sur qu’elle s’applique à cette œuvre en particulier, les statues équestres ont une signification. Si le cheval a les 2 membres avant cabrés, le personnage représenté est mort au combat. S’il n’a qu’un membre en l'air, le personnage est mort assassiné et si les quatre membres sont au sol, il s’agit d’une mort de causes naturelles.
Stage 4 | The Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall) and the Battle of Hastings Memorial
Welcome to the Town Hall, where you can see the Memorial to the famous Battle of Hastings! To the rear of the Town Hall, you can admire a plaque in memory of my companions in arms who were killed in action during my many battles.
I played a heroic role in the Battle of Hastings alongside William the Conqueror. As legend has it, I personally asked for permission to launch the hostilities against our enemy and my death marked the start of the battle. My name is:
Knight! How I would have loved to fight with you at Hastings! Let's head for the Ante Valley and Arlette's Fountain!
Think of a metal and you're sure to find the answer.Submit my answer
Stage 5 | The Ante Valley and Arlette's Fountain
This place is very dear to me, for this is the very spot where my parents met. My father first noticed my mother from his high castle walls, and it was near the fountain that their romance began.
Read the poem on Arlette's fountain and find out what Robert 'the Magnificent' was doing when he noticed his future wife for the very first time:
Well done! Let's hurry now! We must head for the ramparts and the Porte des Cordeliers gate!
Remember that, above all, my father was a warrior and you'll find the answer!Submit my answer
A short history lesson
It was in the spring of 1027 that Robert the Magnificent, Duke of Normandy, first set eyes on a young girl named Arlette, daughter of one of the town's tanners, as she was washing her linen near the fountain. William was born from their union in December 1027. He was given the epithet 'the bastard' for, contrary to his father, his mother was not of noble blood.
Stage 6 | The city ramparts and the Porte des Cordeliers gate
I never had the pleasure of knowing this 13th century site, which has remained unchanged since its origins. Take a truly picturesque stroll along the ramparts and revel in this magnificent change of scenery.
One of the following terms is frequently used to designate the Porte des Cordeliers. Do you know which one?
You're quite right! Let's head for Falaise Castle now, to discover our treasure!
By Jove no! The answer doesn't start with the letter 'B'.Submit my answer
Stage 7 | Falaise Castle
Here we are at the end of our adventure! I hope you will enjoy your tour of this magnificent place! Simply head for the reception desk and say,
Places to eat nearby
Ibis Kitchen Restaurant
Rue des Frères Michaut
14700 FALAISE Tel : 02 31 90 11 00 Visit the website
7 & 9 rue du 9e Arrondissement de Paris
14700 FALAISE Tel : 02 31 90 20 74 Visit the website
Au Cochon de lait
20 rue Trinité
14700 FALAISE Tel : 02 31 90 06 81
28 place du Docteur German
14700 FALAISE Tel : 02 31 90 18 35
10 route de la gare
14690 PONT-D'OUILLY Tel : 02 31 67 88 41 Visit the website
Bar de l'Isle
4 rue de Bretagne
14690 PONT-D'OUILLY Tel : 02 31 69 98 73
Places to sleep nearby
Place Guillaume Le Conquérant
14700 FALAISE Tel : 02 31 41 61 44 Visit the website More Infos
Musée André Lemaître
Boulevard de la Libération
14700 FALAISE Tel : 02 31 90 02 43 Visit the website
La fontaine d'Arlette
Lieu dit le Val d'Ante
- Eglise Sainte-Anne 14620 NORREY-EN-AUGE Tel : 02 31 90 59 05
- Chapelle Saint-Vigor 14700 SAINT-MARTIN-DE-MIEUX Tel : 02 31 90 17 26 Visit the website
Abbaye Sainte-Marie aux Dames
1 chemin de l'Abbaye
14420 VILLERS-CANIVET Tel : 02 31 90 81 80 Visit the website