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  • 1 Château de Maisons Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2 av. Carnot F - 78600 Maisons-Laffitte

    Built by Mansart in the 17C, the high rooftops of Château de Maisons-Laffitte are visible down the length of the avenue Églé, the traditional royal entrance; Louis XIV would arrive this way through the forest of St-Germain on his regular visits. The ..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 Notre Dame Cathedral, Noyon 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..

  • 5 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..

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

    Museums and art

    135 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..

  • 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 this abbey's oak panelling in the sacristy, in the Louis XV Rococo style, and its Baroque churc..

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

    Museums and art

    1 place du Trocadéro-et-du-11-Nov. F - 75016 Paris

    In the Paris Wing of the Palais de Chaillot, this centre for architecture and heritage counts three departments: the Institut Français d'Architecture, founded in 1981, the Centre des Hautes Études de Chaillot and the Museum of French Monuments, found..

  • 9 Carrière Wellington Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    77 r. Delétoile F - 62000 Arras

    Destroyed by German bombs as early as 1914, Arras then fell under the command of the British Expeditionary Forces. In 1916 preparations began to link up the Arras quarries where a 24,000-strong army would be stationed before launching a surprise offe..

  • 10 St-Gervais-et-St-Protais Cathedral, Soissons 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..

  • 11 Matisse Museum, Le Cateau-Cambrésis 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

    r. 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 Great Condé, it dazzled Louis XIV. The Sun King, prone to envy as he was, wished to have the same water feature for himself at Versailles! Even if very little remains of Le Nôtre's hand, as you stroll through, you will se..

  • 16 Notre Dame Cathedral, Senlis 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 Beaux Monts Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D130 F - 60200 Compiègne

    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.

  • 20 Living Museum of the Horse Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    7 r. du Connétable F - 60500 Chantilly

    These stalls dating from the time of the Duke of Aumale are still occupied by horses and ponies. The museum sheds light on the evolution of the horse's place in civilisation by means of old artefacts and documents, as well as interactive terminals an..

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