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  • 1 The East of the Avesnois Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 59550 Maroilles

    South of Maubeuge there extends an undulating landscape of bocages, alternating prairies, ponds and orchards. The Helpe-Majeure and Helpe-Mineure Rivers wind their way through the meadows, irrigating the slate-roofed villages. The abbeys of Maroilles..

  • 2 Musée du Textile et de la Vie Sociale Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Place Maria Blondeau F - 59612 Fourmies

    This former spinning mill has an interesting collection of functioning looms from the 19C to the present day, as well as other period machinery. Beyond a room devoted to the tragedy of 1 May 1891, when gendarmes fired upon striking workers, the great..

  • 3 Cathédrale Notre-Dame Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 60400 Noyon

    This imposing cathedral is one of the foremost large Gothic churches in France. Building work commenced on the choir in 1145 and ended with the construction of the façade in 1235. The interior is remarkable for the harmonious proportions of the choir..

  • 4 Abbaye de Chaalis Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 60300 Fontaine-Chaalis

    For a long time, the Chaalis estate retained a sense of monastic contemplation tinged with romanticism thanks to its royal abbey. Up until 1912, it inspired an enthusiasm in its owners that led to their acquisition of a quite remarkable art collectio..

  • 5 Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    quai du Commerce F - 62100 Calais

    The buildings of the Boulart factory - which housed 80 tulle and lace looms until the beginning of the 20C - have been extended by an astonishing steel and glass structure, designed by the architects Moatti and Rivière, where you will see screen prin..

  • 6 Vallée de la Canche Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 62170 Montreuil

    The little sister of the Authie River, the Canche is a slow-flowing river whose waters run into a marsh. In this untamed setting, the green valley broadens out into gentle slopes scattered with elongated houses with whitewashed walls. Between Touquet..

  • 7 Valloires Abbey and Gardens Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 80120 Argoules

    Nestled in the Vallée de l'Authie, the Abbaye de Valloires stands in a site of outstanding beauty, in accordance with Cistercian tradition. You can admire the oak wood panelling in the sacristy, in the Louis XVI rocaille style, and the Baroque church..

  • 8 Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 pl. du Trocadéro-et-du-11-Novembre F - 75016 Paris

    In the Paris Wing of the Palais de Chaillot, this centre for architecture and heritage brings together three departments: the Institut Français d'Architecture, created in 1981, the Centre des Hautes Etudes de Chaillot and the Museum of French Monumen..

  • 9 Cathédrale St-Gervais-et-St-Protais Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. Mantoue F - 02200 Soissons

    The purity of its lines and the simplicity of its design make this one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic art. Inside, the cathedral is totally symmetrical, and no extraneous detail breaks the harmony of this vast vault; the south arm of the tr..

  • 10 Port Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Citadelle F - 59140 Dunkerque

    Visitors can take a boat trip around the Port-Est (east port) from the bassin du Commerce, taking in the tug base, workshops, locks, textile warehouses, sugar terminal, refinery and oil wharfs and the power station, etc. If you are on foot, visit the..

  • 11 Musée Matisse Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    11 pl. du Cdt-Édouard-Richez - Palais-Fénélon F - 59360 Le Cateau-Cambrésis

    The museum has, since 1982, been housed in the 18C former palace of the archbishops of Cambrai, surrounded by a splendid park. The building reopened at the end of 2002, following three years of restoration work conducted by Laurent and Emmanuelle Bea..

  • 12 Museum of the Second Empire Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. du Gén.-de-Gaulle F - 60200 Compiègne

    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..

  • 13 Museum of the Motor Car Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. du Gén.-de-Gaulle F - 60200 Compiègne

    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..

  • 14 Great Stables Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Connétable F - 60500 Chantilly

    The most noble Chantilly monument dates from 18 C. The stables built by Jean Aubert, have their most attractive facade seen from the lawn. During the time of the Grand Condé, 100 members of staff were required to look after 240 horses and 500 dogs.

  • 15 Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    1 r. du Connétable F - 60500 Chantilly

    Laid out by Le Nôtre for the Grand Condé, it dazzled Louis XIV. The Sun King, jealous as he was, wished to have the same water games for himself at Versailles! Even if very little remains of the work of Le Nôtre, strolling through, you will discover ..

  • 16 Cathédrale Notre-Dame Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. Notre-Dame F - 60300 Senlis

    Started in 1153, this cathedral was not opened until 1191. The changes made after the fire of 1504 have given the cathedral its present-day look. Admirable features are the spire which crests the building 78m up, the grand doorway, dedicated to the V..

  • 17 Forêt de Compiègne Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N31 F - 60200 Compiègne

    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..

  • 18 Clairière de l'Armistice Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    rte de la Clairière-de-l'Armistice F - 60153 Rethondes

    It was in this clearing that Martial Foch's carriage was met by that of the German negotiators near to Tergnier station on 7th November 1918. The Armistice was signed on the 11th at 5.15 in the morning... 22 years later on 21st June 1940 Hitler met t..

  • 19 Vista of the Beaux-monts Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D130 F - 60200 Compiègne

    This vista leading out across woodland from the Chateau of Compiègne, is four kilometres long an attractive view from the « viewpoint of the Beaumont post» towards the Chateau which you can make out in the distance.

  • 20 Musée Vivant du Cheval et du Poney Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    7 r. Connétable F - 60500 Chantilly

    These stalls dating from the time of the Duc d'Aumale are still occupied by horses and ponies. An exhibition displays harnesses and riding costumes, as well as providing an insight into thirty equestrian disciplines from around the world. An introduc..

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