|During the 9th century, Saint Quentin's church
was the second religious building inside the walls of the old Gallo-Roman city after the
first Cathedral. The building which can be seen at 5 rue Mitantier comes from the 11th
century, and was known as the priory Saint Quentin, directed by monks of the rule of Saint
Benoit. It is the oldest building still standing in Troyes... From the courtyard of the
Danton primary school, one can see elements of its original frontage, amongst which are a
bay window in Romanesque style and Gothic windows.
One can also see, in the Saint Loup museum garden, the gate of the priory's church which was moved during the reshaping of rue Mitantier.
At 26 rue Mitantier, opposite St Quentin's priory, stands the old House of the Turrets (maison des Tournelles), its name coming from the four turrets that were still existing in the 17th century. This building probably dates from the early 16th century, and is noticeable for its first floor made of "Damier Champenois" (brick and calcaerous stone checkwork), above which stands a layer of cob and timber on the last quarter of its height. Its first function had to do with the Canon of the Cathedral, and after the revolution, it had a succession of different owners, which turned it into, a boarding school for girls, a Franciscan sisters convent, and other congregations...