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  • 1 Compiègne Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Gén.-de-Gaulle

    Laid out first by Louis XIV who had 75 stays there punctuated by sumptuous parties, the old chateau was entirely reconstructed by Louis XV. But it was the Empire that brought it its renown, when Napoléon the first made it the Imperial mansion in 1806..

  • 2 Museum of the Second Empire Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. du Gén.-de-Gaulle

    In an atmosphere dotted with lots of small galleries, the museum provides numerous images of the court, of life in general and of the arts under the Second Empire. Princess Matilda (1820-1904), the Empress Eugenie are the major figures there. Drawing..

  • 3 Museum of the Motor Car Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. du Gén.-de-Gaulle

    The museum was created in 1927 on the initiative of the Touring Club of France. The collection of old cars in includes especially limousines, touring versions and models. You must see - the Madeleine-Bastille omnibus, the shooting brake of the Duches..

  • 4 Forêt de Compiègne Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens


    The Compi 8gne Forest estate (14,500 ha), a remnant of the immense Cuise forests, will seduce you with its tall beech forests, its valleys, ponds, villages and magnificent avenues. 1,500 kilometres of roads and tracks furrow the Forest. Near to Compi..

  • 5 Beaux Monts Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens


    The top of the hill (122m), near the "signpost of the Beaux Monts viewpoint", is the end of the vista through a corridor in the woodland from the château 5km away. This opening was created by Napoleon I for his Empress.

  • 6 Town Hall of Compiègne Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de l'Hôtel-de-Ville

    This remarkable building was built under Louis XII in the late Gothic style. The Belfry has two floors and a slate spire and houses the «Bancloque» a clock from 1303 where the «Picantins» sound the hours.

  • 7 Museum of the history of the Figurine Interesting

    Museums and art

    28 pl. de l'Hôtel-de-Ville

    With 45,000 figurines in tin, lead, wood, plastic, paper and cardboard, this museum offers an interesting retrospective look at the evolution of costume and recall historic events such as the Battle of Waterloo and the Review of the French troops at ..

  • 8 Mémorial de l'Internement et de la Déportation - Camp de Royallieu

    Archaeological and historical sites

    2 bis av. des Martyrs-de-la-Liberté

    The military barracks of Royallieu (1913) were transformed in June 1940 into a camp, "Frontstalag 122". Since February 2008 a sober and discreet memorial has stood here. In front of the memorial entrance, the glass steles of the Wall of Nam..

  • 9 Old Cassine

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue des Lombards

    This is a 15 C half-timbered house where the Bridge masters used to live, pilots for the harbour craft.

  • 10 Beauregard tower

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Jeanne-d'Arc

    Old Royal keep or Governor's tower, it's a remnant of the palace of Charles the Bald.

  • 11 54th Infantry Regiment Square

    Archaeological and historical sites

    pl. du 54e-Régiment-d'Infanterie

    The statue on horseback of Joan of Arc by Fremiet marks the place where the Maid of Orleans fell at the hands of the English on 23rd May 1430 following an unhappy initiative by the governor of Compiègne.

  • 12 Antoine Vervel Museum

    Museums and art

    2 r. d'Austerlitz

    The museum, set up in the Hôtel de Songeons, an attractive residence located in a public garden, has collections of Greek and Roman antique arts, paintings (including a large altarpiece of T he Passion by the altarpiece master from Feuchtwangen), cer..

  • 13 Petit Parc, Compiègne

    Nature and gardens

    pl. du Gén.-de-Gaulle

    The current layout of the Little Park dates from the Second Empire. But it was Napoleon 1 who had it laid out in the English style, in order to join up the chateau with the Forest, at the price of destroying the Gabriel staircase.

  • 14 Saint-Jacques Church, Compiègne

    Religious buildings

    14 r. Dahomey

    This Gothic Church was decorated in the 18 C (marble, wood panelling) with a luxury that explains the fact that it was the parish Church of the King and of the court. Its tower (15 C) is the highest in the town. The chancel and the transept have main..

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