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Most iconic places of interest

Step back in time

Châlons-en-Champagne has a surprisingly rich and diverse heritage. Over the centuries of its flamboyant and turbulent history, Châlons-en-Champagne has retained traces of each of the key moments in its history within its walls… These landmarks unveil the story of a 2000 year old city.

Notre-Dame-En-Vaux

Collegiate Church

 

Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Collegiate Church is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago de Compostela. Its carillon of 56 bells is one of the largest in Europe. Its four-storey gothic nave and magnificent 16th century stained-glass windows give it an exceptional luminosity.

Cathedral

Saint-Etienne

The Hotel des Intendants

de Champagne

 

It is one of the finest examples of classical architecture in the city. From an architectural perspective, it was modelled on Parisian private mansions, following the same layout, a U-shaped dwelling set between a main courtyard and gardens.

On 22 June 1791, on their way back from Varennes, Louis XVI and the royal family spent the night there before returning to Paris.It is now home to the Marne Prefecture. Its magnificent gardens can be seen from the Cour d’Ormesson.

Saint Alpin

Church

 

Built at the end of the 12th century, altered and enlarged in the 16th century, this was the church in Châlons most influenced by Renaissance styling. It is unique in that it adjoins the surrounding houses to the north and east sides. The grisaille stained-glass windows of the transept and the south aisle are truly transparent images.

Le Château

du Marché

 

Le Château du Marché is a fortified bridge over the river Nau, and a vestige of the old city walls. It was rebuilt in 1602 and extended in the 19th century. The coat of arms of the city, of Henri IV and of the bishop of the time, Cosme Clause, appear on the façade. It is one of the most iconic places in the city and is a highlight of the Petit Jard, not to be missed.

Maison

Clémangis

L’Hôtel

de ville

 

The Hôtel de Ville, or City Hall, was first listed as a Historic Monument in 1932 for its grand salon and then classified in 1941 for its façades, roofs, hallway, Louis XVI style staircase and first floor lounge. The dome, the clock tower and the four lions on the square symbolise the city’s authority. The Hôtel de Ville has been home to the city authorities since 1776.

Porte

Sainte-Croix

Porte Sainte-Croix was built in 1769 within the old city walls. It was dedicated to Marie-Antoinette in 1771 when she arrived in France for her wedding to the Dauphin. It was subsequently named Porte Dauphine. Only the south-east side, which was visible to Marie-Antoinette on her arrival, is decorated.

Le Cirque historique

 

Châlons is one of the few cities in France to have a permanent circus. In fact, there are only seven still in existance! Built in 1898-1899 based on the plans of Louis Gillet, this 12-sided reinforced concrete polygon has a remarkable sculpted portal that authentically illustrates the main event that takes place there.

La Halle

du Marché