Gingerbread houses in Mers-les-Bains, France

architecture, Art Nouveau

Gingerbread houses in Mers-les-Bains – Art Nouveau

It used to be a a small fishing village which in 1860s suddenly transformed into a popular resort with the emergence of fashion for sea bathing. Wealthy Parisians frequented the resort on weekends and short holidays – thanks to the railroad Paris-Le Treport it was only 3 hours away. Mers-les-Bains on the Picardy Coast became a fashionable beach resort.

Then, local authorities offered rich businessmen to buy land in Mers-les-Bains and build a modern town. The tall houses were built side by side on the waterfront and adjoining streets in order to provide with a villa with sea views as many people as possible. In course of time with the town development the architectural style in the city changed from the Anglo-Flemish to Art Nouveau.

Gingerbread houses in Mers-les-Bains – Art Nouveau

Gingerbread houses in Mers-les-Bains – Art Nouveau

{Images:panoramio by ianwstokes, Jack from Paris Flickr,,,}


4 comments to Gingerbread houses in Mers-les-Bains, France

  • Very interesting post. Thanks for sharing


  • Hi Helen!
    Thank you for visiting and commenting!

  • I have – by pure chance – visited Mers-les-Bains last Saturday (in foggy, gloomy weather) and I was totally charmed by the fading glory of those crumbling houses. Your beautiful collection is by far more enticing than the real thing and yet; I’d love to visit again – with more time and on a sunny day – because your title is absolutely correct: It’s like a visit of Hansel & Gretel village – colourful, laboured and lovingly constructed details, but in poor shape and aching for a large dose of TLC.
    Thank you for this portrait of a formerly lively seaside town – I would hope that it might return one day to it’s former glory.

  • Thank you, Kiki, for your informative comment. That’s a pity – with photoshopped images people get disappointed comparing them to reality.

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