Statues - Hither & Thither

France
Descartes
Indre-et-Loire

Centre

Rue du Commerce

René Descartes

La Haye en Touraine (at present Descartes 1596 - Stockholm 1650
French philosopher and writer who spent most of his adult life in the Dutch Republic
(Wikipedia)
Alfred-Emilien comte de Nieuwerkerke
1849

Descartes /  René Descartes   Descartes /  René Descartes

Description

Cast iron statue.

Inscription(s)

RENATO DESCARTES,
in hac urbe nato
( Ann: MDXCVI )
Cives Hagæ Turonum
Rodolphusque de Croy,
præfecto urbis J. Robin,
Hoc monumentum erexerunt
Anno MDCCCXLIX

Signed: F.. Nieuwerke F Tournay fudit

Annotation

The, inaugurated 29 September 1849, statue is a copy of the bronze statue in The Hague.
NB also on the town's information sign the name of the sculptor is spelled erroneously "Count Alfred of Nieuwerke".

The town was named La Haye-en-Touraine until 1802, when is was renamed La Haye-Descartes. When the town was joined with Balesmes the name of the combined commune became simply Descartes.

Descartes is called the "town of the three René's" since there were three famous citizens named René. All three of them have a monument in the town:

  1. René Descartes (1596-1650).
  2. René Boylesve (1867-1926).
  3. René de Buxeuil (1881-1959).

Sculptor

Tags

Location N 46°58'25" E 0°41'54"

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