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  • 1 Méandres de la Meuse Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 08000 Charleville-Mézières

    Upstream from Charleville, the River Meuse has dug a deep, winding course through dark forests full of big game animals. Follow its meandering course and explore villages such as Braux and its collegiate church, and Monthermé and its old houses. Natu..

  • 2 Place Ducale Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 08000 Charleville-Mézières

    This is the twin of the Place des Vosges in Paris. The same love of geometric order, stone-clad brick pavilions and arcades... it was, after all, designed by Clément Metezeau (1581-1652), whose brother Louis is said to have created the one in Paris. ..

  • 3 Ardennes museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    31 place Ducale F - 08000 Charleville-Mézières

    A collection of buildings cut through with covered passages and footbridges: archaeological remains from the Roman times to the Merovingian times, products from the Royal weapons factory (1688-1836), some documents on the foundation of Charleville, a..

  • 4 Old mill of Charleville-Mézières

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    F - 08000 Charleville-Mézières

    Designed with a concern for the symmetry with the Porte de France to complete the perspective of the principal axis of the city, it has a majestic Henry IV-Louis XIII facade and houses the Rimbaud Museum.

  • 5 Basilica of Notre Dame d'Espérance

    Religious buildings

    10 pl. de la Basilique F - 08000 Charleville-Mézières

    A black Virgin venerated in the Ardennes which gave, in the 19th century, the name to this Basilica in the late Gothic style, with the exception of the doorway to the clock tower built in the 17th C. The interior is impressive as much for the size of..

  • 6 Rue de la République

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 08000 Charleville-Mézières

    This lively busy street is typical of the intended plan of the founder of Charleville, Charles de Gonzague: identical buildings containing two apartments under a huge slate roof, businesses installed on the ground floor either side of the common door..

  • 7 Rimbaud Museum

    Museums and art

    Quai Rimbaud F - 08000 Charleville-Mézières

    Born in Charleville Arthur Rimbaud (1854 - 1891) never stopped trying to escape from there. Bearing no malice, the town has devoted a museum to him bringing the poet to life by means of documents, objects and manuscripts (among which is the famous po..

  • 8 Charleville-MézièresCharleville-MézièresRamparts

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Avenue Louis-Tirman F - 08000 Charleville-Mézières

    Some remnants of the medieval enclosing wall of the city include the Roy tower, the Milart Tower (14 C), the Ecole Tower, New port and the port of Bourgogne which formed the foundations for a building.

  • 9 Charleville-Mézières Prefecture - Former Royal School of Engineering

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Avenue d’Arches F - 08000 Charleville-Mézières

    The mathmetician Gaspard Monge taught in the buildings (17C-18C) of this school, which taught the art of fortification. Its students included Lazare Carnot, and Rouget de Lisle, who wrote the French national anthem, La Marseillaise. The prefecture an..

  • 10 International Institute of Puppetry

    place Winston-Churchill F - 08000 Charleville-Mézières

    Integrated into the façade of the International Puppetry Institute is Jacques Monestier's Great Puppeteer clock, the head and eyes of which never stop moving. On each hour, between 10am and 9pm, one of the 12 episodes of the legend of the Four Sons o..

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