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  • 1 St Etienne Cathedral, Châlons-en-Champagne Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. St-Étienne F - 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne

    The cathedral was rebuilt on the Romanesque foundations of a cathedral destroyed by fire in 1230. The nave, flooded with light, has a sensation of lightness with its slender triforium crowned by large windows. Beautiful stained glass bears witness to..

  • 2 Church of Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. Mgr-Tissier F - 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne

    This old collegiate church, a Unesco World Heritage Site, was begun in the Romanesque style, but the vaults, the chancel and the chevet are early Gothic. The austere façade looks impressive, mirrored in the waters of the Canal du Mau. The nave is lit..

  • 3 Cloister Museum of Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Interesting

    Museums and art

    r. Nicolas-Durand F - 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne

    This museum houses some remarkable sculptures coming from excavations carried out since 1960 in a Romanesque cloister. In the large hall, a series of 55 Statue-columns representing the prophets, important biblical figures and the saints is the chief ..

  • 4 Petit et Grand Jard

    Nature and gardens

    F - 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne

    Designed in the 18C on an old estate of the bishop, this vast area, crossed by the Avenue du Maréchal-Leclerc comprises three sections: the Petit Jard, a landscaped Napoleon III-style garden with a flower clock extends along the Nau, which cuts into ..

  • 5 Town hall

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place du Mar.-Foch F - 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne

    Nicolas Durand built this from 1772-1776. An entrance hall with 28 columns, a large salon decorated with Louis XVI pilasters. It is here, a plaque reminds us, that in 1921 the American Unknown Soldier was nominated.

  • 6 Hôtel Dubois de Crancé

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place du Mar.-Foch F - 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne

    This fine 17C residence was owned in turn by Pierre Gargam (Treasurer de France), Jean-Gabriel Legendre (architect who designed the Intendance) and the Dubois de Crancé family, from the name of the governor of the town. The two central dormers are or..

  • 7 Passage Henri-Vendel

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Passage Henri-Vendel F - 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne

    The brackets here, these are cast-iron plaques that numerous people have placed in this passage in which you will see at the end of the courtyard the old doorway of Saint-Loup

  • 8 Rue de Chastillon

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de Chastillon F - 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne

    In this street (formerly called Rue de la Bassinerie) the middle classes lived in the even numbers, the workers in the odd numbers: crossing the street one way or the other was imbued with important social significance! There is a house in Art Nouvea..

  • 9 Ste Marie convent

    Religious buildings

    Rue de Jessaint F - 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne

    Looking out over the Mau, the rear facade of the old convent of the Notre-Dame community is decorated with quarried chalkstone and red bricks.

  • 10 Administration offices of the Departement

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place du Forum-de-l’Europe F - 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne

    It occupies the old Vinetz priory church with a half-timbered façade; the chapel's façade has been constructed like a triumphal arch.

  • 11 Place du Forum-de-l'Europe

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne

    A blue mosaic representing Europe is in this square surrounded by buildings both old (the Vinetz convent which houses the Administration offices of the Departement) and modern (Archives of the Departement)

  • 12 Châlons-en-Champagne Prefecture

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Carnot F - 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne

    This occupies the old town house of the administrators of Champagne built between 1759 and 1756 by J-G.Legrendre and Nicolas Durand. This marks the transition between the Louis X style and Louis XVI.

  • 13 Ste Croix Gate

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Route Ste-Croix F - 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne

    Rouillé d'Orfeuil, administrator from 1764 to 1789 had this triumphal gate erected by Nicolas Durand and dedicated to Marie-Antoinette wife-to-be of the future Louis XVI. It was called then the Dauphin gate. Ironically, Marie-Antoinette came back to ..

  • 14 National Centre for the Circus Arts

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Avenue du Mar.-Leclerc F - 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne

    Created in 1985, this centre for performers is housed in a circus that was built in 1898-1899 on the model of the Winter Circus in Paris. Each year, at the start of June, the "Furies" festival of circus and street theatre transforms Châlons..

  • 15 Châlons-en-Champagne Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeology

    Museums and art

    pl. Alexandre-Godart F - 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne

    In 1794, Châlons' library took in items confiscated by the revolutionary courts and, thus, the Muséum Départemental came into being, one of the oldest museums in France. In the gallery of paintings (14C-20C), note, in particular, Winter Landscape by ..

  • 16 St Alpin Church of Châlons-en-Champagne

    Religious buildings

    Place du Mar.-Foch F - 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne

    The church was built inside some houses in the 12 C in a mixture of styles, late Gothic and Renaissance. Some Renaissance stained-glass windows, magnificent grisaille compositions, light up chapels on the lower right side.

  • 17 Garinet Museum

    Museums and art

    13 r. Pasteur F - 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne

    The former house of the Vidame (vice-lord) has a 19C bourgeois interior decorated with paintings from the 14C to 19C. On the second floor, around 100 models represent essentially French churches and cathedrals.

  • 18 St John's Church of Châlons-en-Champagne

    Religious buildings

    3 place St-Jean F - 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne

    A raised square allows access to the part of the church that was rebuilt in the 14C. The small chapel, Chapelle des Arbalétriers, was added to the south aisle in the 15C or at the very start of the 16C. Inside, 19C stained-glass windows decorate the ..

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