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  • 1 Cognac Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Les Remparts - place de la Salle-Verte F - 16100 Cognac

    Partly occupying the Perrin de Boussac residence (1567) on one side and abutting the 17C ramparts on the other, this resolutely contemporary facility houses a remarkable museum dedicated to cognac and its history. 1 200m 2 of exhibits provide a fasci..

  • 2 Martell House Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    7 place Édouard-Martell F - 16100 Cognac

    This house, the oldest of the great names of Cognac, was founded by a native of Jersey, Jean Martell, who settled here in 1715. It features a bottling plant, stock and ageing rooms, and other rooms evoking the life of an entrepreneur in the early 18C..

  • 3 Baron Otard, Cognac Castle Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    127 boulevard Denfert-Rochereau F - 16100 Cognac

    By the side of the Charente River, this Chateau of the Valois family was the birthplace of François I. Today is used as the cellars for the Otard name. In your visits you will enter there and discover the Room of Helmet, where Philippe, son of Richar..

  • 4 St Leger Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    10 rue Mgr-Lacroix F - 16100 Cognac

    Built in the 12 C it has been intensely renovated. You will observe its Romanesque facade, with a flamboyant rose window in its centre. The vaulted arch door, decorated with TRAVAUX DES MOIS and signs of the Zodiac, merits attention. Inside, a vast n..

  • 5 St Jacques Gate

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    route de St-Jacques F - 16100 Cognac

    In the 15C this gate, flanked by two machicolated towers, watched over a bridge. The latter has since disappeared, but the gate still leads onto the Rue Grande.

  • 6 Rue Grande

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue Grande F - 16100 Cognac

    The main street of old Cognac follows a pleasantly irregular path flanked by 15C half-timbered houses, such as the House of the Lieutenancy. At the entrance to the street, just behind St Jacques Gate, is a Renaissance fountain.

  • 7 Rue de l'Isle d'Or

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue de l’Isle-d’Or F - 16100 Cognac

    The street is flanked by attractive 17C houses with restored facades.

  • 8 Rue Saulnier

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue Saulnier F - 16100 Cognac

    The name of the street recalls the Salt trade, a traditional business activity of Cognac. In the Renaissance style, it is very wide for its time and has kept its irregular paving and its 16C and 17C houses. At the end there is an attractive Renaissan..

  • 9 Convent of the Recollets

    Religious buildings

    51 rue d’Angoulême F - 16100 Cognac

    The restored convent, which now houses various organisations, has a rib-vaulted room and a covered well in the middle of the cloister.

  • 10 François 1 Park

    Nature and gardens

    boulevard Denfert-Rochereau F - 16100 Cognac

    The park, which belongs to the castle, was so large and the vegetation so thick that Louise de Savoie called it her Daedalus. Planted with oaks (some evergreen), on the banks of the Charente River, it extends along the axis of the castle.

  • 11 Camus House

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    21 rue de Cagouillet F - 16100 Cognac

    This trading house will teach you about the history of cognac, its distillation, ageing process and blending. The cooper's shop and storerooms precede the bottling room.

  • 12 Prince Hubert-de-Polignac House

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    49 rue Lohmeyer F - 16100 Cognac

    Explore the equipment in the Lauberet Pavilion, owned by a co-operative society that belongs to several Charentais wine-growers.

  • 13 Merpin Estate and Rémy-Martin House

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    rue de la Société-Vinicole F - 16100 Cognac

    Founded in 1724, it makes its cognacs from the two Premier Crus of the region, Grande and Petite Champagne. The estate is visited on board a small train, a relief for those who have been visiting the region's cellars all morning. The tour starts in t..

  • 14 Cognac Eco-Museum

    Museums and art

    48 boulevard Denfert-Rochereau F - 16100 Cognac

    The museum houses collections of art and popular culture (a rural house evoking the life of a Charentais wine grower around 1875), an ethnological gallery of cognac (with an illustrated history of this drink), and fine arts (fine glass-paste pieces b..

  • 15 Hennessy House

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    8 rue Quai Maurice-Hennessy F - 16100 Cognac

    Richard Hennessy, a captain in the Irish regiments under Louis XV, arrived in Cognac in 1760. Tasting the local elixir, he found it very good and set himself up in the City. The storerooms stretch across both sides of the Charente and have been well ..

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