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  • 1 Notre-Dame Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. du Parvis-Gautier-de-Mortagne F - 02000 Laon

    Begun in the second half of the 12C and finished around 1230, this is one of the oldest Gothic cathedrals in France. The facade is one of the most beautiful (its towers demonstrate the pride of the presumed Architect Villard de Honnecourt), while the..

  • 2 Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    32 r. Georges-Ermant F - 02000 Laon

    This museum houses some marvellous archaeological collections including a series of Greek vases decorated with figures and a section dedicated to pre-history and Gallo-Roman and Merovingian jewellery. There are paintings by the three Le Nain brothers..

  • 3 Soissons Gate Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la Libération F - 02000 Laon

    Built in the 13C in fine quarry stone and reinforced with round towers it's linked by a bastion curtain to the huge Dame Eve tower also called the Leaning Tower after a landslide.

  • 4 Midi rampart and the Ardon gate Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Promenade de la Couloire F - 02000 Laon

    At the end of the Midi rampart, the Ardon gate (13C) is flanked by pepper pot shaped lookout turrets. It looks over a washing/drinking trough. From the rampart there are pleasant views over the plain. The rampart leads to a Citadel built by Jean Erra..

  • 5 St Martin's Abbey Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. du Parvis-Gautier-de-Mortagne F - 02000 Laon

    This old abbey, which is a fine example of early Gothic, has been restored after the fires of 1944. The exceptionally long nave preserves a Romanesque appearance. Inside the chancel and chapels in the flat chevet denote the Cistercian influence. Ther..

  • 6 The Underground Passages of the Citadel Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 02000 Laon

    Laon is built upon the limestone quarries it exploited over the course of the centuries from the Gallo-Roman era on. The underground passageways which served as a prison in the Middle Ages later came to be used as part of the town's defence system un..

  • 7 Templars chapel Interesting

    Religious buildings

    32 r. Georges-Ermant F - 02000 Laon

    A quiet, floral garden has replaced the Templars' cemetery but the Romanesque octagonal Chapel has been preserved and has become The Temple to St John of Jerusalem (Order of Malta). Inside, see the transept by William of Harcigny.

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  • 15 Episcopal palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Aubry F - 02000 Laon

    This has become the Palace of Justice (Court of Justice), in front of which there is a courtyard from where you will have a view over the chevet of the cathedral. The 13C building to the left rests on a gallery of arches with foliated capitals. Below..

  • 16 Rue Thibesard

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Thibesard F - 02000 Laon

    This road follows the route around the ramparts, giving some interesting views over the cathedral whose towers stand out above the old tiled roofs and red brick chimneys.

  • 17 Petit St Vincent House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. St-Martin F - 02000 Laon

    Built in the 16c, this was the refuge for the St Vincent abbey, which was outside the ramparts. Gothic in style the building on the street is flanked by an entrance vault topped with a chapel.

  • 18 Jacques-Marquette Monument

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Place du Père-Marquette F - 02000 Laon

    The Jesuit Jacques-Marquette (1637-1675) discovered the Mississippi, which is commemorated by this monument set up in a square near to the Soissons gate.

  • 19 Chenizelles gate

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. des Chenizelles F - 02000 Laon

    Between the streets of Chenizelles and Bourg this is the gate covering the passage from the suburb to the main City.

  • 20 Arts house

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2 pl. Aubry F - 02000 Laon

    This cultural centre, (exhibitions, lecture theatre, Theatre) has been erected on the site of a hospital founded in the 13C.

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