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  • 1 St John the Baptist's Basilica of Chaumont Interesting

    Religious buildings

    r. St-Jean

    On the south side,St John's door is an example of the expressive workmanship of the Gothic art. The transept and the chevet in the late Gothic and Renaissance style are from the 16 C. The chancel stalls and the transept, decorated during the Renaissa..

  • 2 Chaumont Viaduct Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N 19

    Inaugurated in 1856, this magnificent work of art with 50 arches on three levels, 654m long and standing 52m above the Suize Valley, now forms part of the Paris to Basel railway line. Embellished by a dynamic light show, the viaduct is illuminated ev..

  • 3 Musée de la Crèche Interesting

    Museums and art

    r. des Frères Mistarlet

    An annex of the Museum of Art and History is dedicated to cribs. There is a fine collection dating from the 17C to the present day. There are wooden, spun glass and baked clay cribs and an attractive series of 18C Neapolitan cribs.

  • 4 Philippe Lebon Square

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Philippe Lebon (1767 - 1804) was the inventor of gas lighting and therefore it's understandable that the people of Chaumont should recognise this by erecting a statue in the centre of the square that bears his name. From here you will have an attract..

  • 5 Tower of the Arse

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la Tour-Chartron

    This hexagonal tower which used to be an Arsenal (hence its name) was built in the 13 C. the Rue de la Tour-Chartron which leads there is built on the remains of the ramparts of the town.

  • 6 Tanners suburb

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    fg des Tanneries

    Beyond the Suize, this makes up the old industrial suburb. The Trefousse house, glove-making specialists, was the source of fame of Chaumont up to the start of the 20 C.

  • 7 Rue Gayard

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Old houses with corbelled turrets flank this street. You will notice the same in the Rue Gouthiere. Rue Gayard also contains an attractive Renaissance town house.

  • 8 Rue St Jean

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The highest turret in Chaumont is found at no. 22 in this street. Attractive dormer windows from the 17 C decorated with caryatids, while others from the 18 C are decorated with scrolls.

  • 9 Hôtel de Grand and Hôtel de Beyne

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Girardon

    These two residences are accessed via a magnificent doorway. The Hôtel de Grand, Louis XIII in style, is crowned by a semicircular pediment, while the Hôtel de Beyne, Louis XIV in style, is topped with a broken pediment decorated with a grotesque mas..

  • 10 Rue Bouchardon

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Bouchardon

    The sculptor, Edme Bouchardon, (1698-1762), renowned for his elegance, creator of many works for the chateau at Versailles was born at no. 27. At no. 6 note a Louis XVI town house and further on a lookout tower topped with a dome of stone shells.

  • 11 Town hall

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Concorde

    This occupies an 18 C town house. It was built by the architect Francois-Nicolas Lancret Nephew of the painter, Francois Lancret, (1619 - 1743) successor of Watteau and specialist in Elegant Parties

  • 12 Art and History Museum of Chaumont

    Museums and art

    pl. du Palais

    An archaeological collection with a bronze breastplate dating from the 8C BC, paintings from the 16C to 19C, sculptures among which are the recumbent figure of John the Blind, and fragments from the mausoleum of Antoinette of Bourbon and Claude of Lo..

  • 13 Grain silos, Maison du Livre et de l'Affiche

    Museums and art

    7-9 av. Foch

    In an old farming co-operative, this cultural centre is devoted to poster art. Its collection of over 10 000 posters was a bequest: works by Jules Chéret (1836-1932), Théophile-Alexandre Steinlein (1859-1923) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)..

  • 14 Jesuit Chapel, Chaumont

    Religious buildings

    This is the Chapel of the old Jesuit College. Behind the main altar in sculpted and gilded wood, there is a retable by Bouchardon representing the Assumption of the Virgin.

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