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in the footsteps of the famous playwright in Pézenas, in the Hérault


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S. Desjars, A. Remond, P. Goldmann

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The actor was born on January 15, 1622 in Paris, but it was in Hérault that he found inspiration, under the protection of a cousin of Louis XIV.

The town of Pézenas cultivates its heritage like a treasure. The presence of Molière and his troop, between 1650 and 1656, is one of the glorious hours of its history. The Prince de Conti, cousin of King Louis XIV, lived at that time in this city of Hérault. This bon vivant manages to attract Jean-Baptiste Poquelin – alias Molière – who then travels the country with his troop since their Parisian failure.

At the end of the Domaine de la Grande des Prés park, a bust of Molière commemorates this link between the aristocrat and the artist. The historic center of the town is also marked by the imprints of the playwright. The latter particularly liked to settle in the house of the barber Gely. And the city museum proudly exhibits objects that once belonged to the man of the theater, such as an austere wooden armchair. Despite his masterful work, Molière has only two monuments in France: a fountain in Paris and a statue in Pézenas.

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