Here we are at the media library. Turn around and you see that the esplanade of the media library is called "Solomon of Troyes". Together with the memorial, which we are going to see right after, these are the only two places bearing the name of Rachi in Troyes that evoke his memory (apart from the eponymous institutions). So here we are on the former site of the contemporary cemetery of Rachi. It was located well beyond the Broce-aux-Juifs district and more generally the city of Troyes.
This location is marked by the old fortifications of the city just behind the old Rue Cordé which ran along the old ramparts. Buildings nowadays occupy (as you can see) all this land. But during the works, preventive archaeological research was carried out. And during these excavations, bones were found, confirming the location of an old cemetery in this area.
Behind me is the Jacques Chirac media library. It is the second largest medieval archive center in France after the National Library of France. Its holdings include the largest collection of archives from the Abbey of Clairvaux. Troyes has a great history behind it. Since traces of human occupation can be attested as early as the fifth century BC from the Bronze Age. And this history also reveals great historical figures.
In 2005, the city of Troyes applied for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Troyes focused its candidacy on the intangible heritage represented by Rachi, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux and Chrestien de Troyes. These three personalities who, in different aspects and to different degrees, are at the origin of our Western society.