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Pas de Calais (62)

Population: 1,461,387 (2010)
Prefecture: Arras
Sub-préfectures: Bethune, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Calais, Lens, Montreuil, Saint-Omer
Region: Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Surface: 6 670 km2  
Largest town: Calais (74,000)
Economy: ports, fishing, agriculture, tourism.
Specialties: beer, ratte du Touquet, mussles, herring, waterzooi.
Tourism: seaside, Cote d'Opale, Le Louvre-Lens, belfries, Arras squares, monuments of WWI.

Somme (80)

Picardie Region
Population: 570,741 (2010)
Prefecture: Amiens
Subprefectures: Abbeville, Montdidier, Peronne
Surface: 6,170 km2
Largest town: Amiens (Pop: 133,327)
Economy: food industry, iron-work, industrial mechanics, plumbery, glassware, chemicals, aeronautics, plastic industry.
Specialities: Somme Bay lamb, samphire of Baie de Somme, ficelle picarde, tarte à l'badré (pie), bisteu, macaron of Amiens.
Tourism: Somme bay, cathedral of Amiens, belfries, castle of Folleville.

Aisne (02)

Picardie Region
Population: 541,302 (2011)
Prefecture: Laon
Subpréfectures: Chateau-Thierry, Saint-Quentin, Soissons, Vervins.
Surface: 7,369 km2
Largest town: Saint-Quentin (56,000)
Economy: car industry, metallurgy, packaging, agriculture (sugar).
Specialities : ficelle (pancake), maroilles (chesse), champagne, Thierache cider, pudding.
Tourism: castels (Villers-Cotterets, Cheteau-Thierry, Conde, Guise), WWI memory sites (Chemin des Dames), Matisse museum in Bohain-en-Vermandois, Quentin de la Tour musuem in Saint-Quentin, familistere in Guise.

Km 16.5 : Bapaume

Le bastion du Dauphin © Pir6monCharles-Quint portrait by the painter Barend Van Orley

Population : 4100 hab.

Its strategic position between Flanders, Artois, Somme and the Parisian basin made it a fortified town from the earliest times. A famous battle won by Faidherbe against the Prussians in 1871 took place in Bapaume, which retains remnants of the rampart constructed by Charles V and reinforced by Vauban. 

Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Population: 1,461,387 (2010)
Prefecture: Arras
Sub-préfectures: Bethune, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Calais, Lens, Montreuil, Saint-Omer
Region: Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Surface: 6 670 km2  
Largest town: Calais (74,000)
Economy: ports, fishing, agriculture, tourism.
Specialties: beer, ratte du Touquet, mussles, herring, waterzooi.
Tourism: seaside, Cote d'Opale, Le Louvre-Lens, belfries, Arras squares, monuments of WWI.

Tour de France of the Monuments Nationaux

Château de Coucy

De Coucy Castle © Gaël Clariana - Centre des Monuments NationauxDe Coucy Castle © Centre des Monuments Nationaux

The first castle in Coucy was built around 920 by Archbishop Hervé. It was composed solely of a wooden tower erected on a stone base. The de Coucy dynasty started in 1079 with Enguerrand de Boves, whose descendants enlarged the castle.The current castle is attributed to Enguerrand III (or ‘Enguerrandthe Builder')and was completed circa 1220. In around 1380 Enguerrand VII transformed the fortress into a sumptuous palace. The de Coucy estate was bought by Louis of Orleans in 1400 so as to consolidate his duchy of Valois. On his death the castle was fought over by the Armagnacs, the Burgundians and the English, and was besieged for the first time in 1411 towards the end of the Hundred Years War. It became part of the royal estate when Louis XII acceded to the throne in 1498.
In 1652 the garrison at Coucy refused to submit to Cardinal Mazarin during a series of civil wars known as the Fronde. After the siege – which lasted three months – Louis XIV ordered that the castle be destroyed and abandoned. It became national property during the French Revolution, and was used as a stone quarry until in 1829it was bought by Louis-Philippe,who put an end to the demolition. Several architects, including Viollet-le-Duc, worked at Coucy up until the First World War, when it was used as a military headquarters by the German Army, who dynamited the keep and four corner towers when it withdrew in 1917. The idea of rebuilding it was excluded on political grounds and the authorities decided to preserve the ruins "as a memorial to an act of barbarism".


It has been opened to the public by the Centre des monuments nationaux, which performs regular maintenance and safety work as well as carrying out studies on how best to enhance and safeguard the ruins.

Visitor information

Centre des monuments nationaux - Château de Coucy
02380 Coucy-le-Château
Tél. 03 23 52 71 28
www.coucy.monuments-nationaux.fr

Opening times

Open every day
2 May to 4 September, 10 amto 1pm and 2pm to 6.30 pm
5 September to 30 April, 10 am to 1pm and 2pm to 5.30 pm
Last visitor admitted 45 minutes before closure

Closed
1 January, 1 May and 25 December

Prices

Full rate: €5.50
Reduced rate:€4
Adult group: €4,50 (parties of over 20 people)
School parties: €20 (30 pupils maximum; 1 free place for each accompanying adult per 15 pupils (or every 8nursery school pupils); for any additional accompanying adults the "adult group" rate applies.

Free entry

Under-18s (in a family group and excluding school groups)
18-25 yearolds (from the 27 EU member states and regular non-EU residents living on French soil)
Disabled persons and their accompanying adult,
Jobseekers on presentation of proof dating from the past 6 months

Getting there

From Reims or Compiègne: take the N31 to Soissons, and then the D1 towards Saint-Quentin and the D5 to Coucy-le-Château Auffrique (the D5 is not open to vehicles over 3.30m tall or 2.70m wide).

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Palais du Tau

Du Tau Palace - Reims © Centre des Monuments Nationaux

The Palais du Tau, so called because of its T-shape (the letter tau in Greek), is a former archbishop's palace closely associated with French history. It has the Reims Cathedral treasure on public display, one of the largest historical treasures in France, together with the tapestry hangings and mediaeval sculpture taken down from the cathedral which give an idea of how outstandingly wealthy this unique cathedral where the French Kings were crowned once was. The Kings resided in the palace during their coronation and it was here, in the great Tau Hall, that the fabulous feast was held after the coronation ceremony.
The historic treasure includes the famous gold "chalice" used by the French Kings to take communion during the ceremony as well as the new reliquary made by the goldsmith Cahier for Charles X's coronation and the remains of the "Holy Flask" used for coronations ever since the baptism of Clovis. The gifts made by the King of France from the Crown Treasure to mark their coronation and "Charlemagne's Talisman" are the prize objects of this unique collection.
The seventeen magnificent tapestries from the cathedral show scenes from the life of the Virgin and are one of the most complete early 15th-century sets of great tapestry hangings from church choirs in France. The Palais du Tau together with Reims Cathedral is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The Palais du Tau has been opened to the public by the Centre des monuments nationaux.

Visitor information

Centre des monuments nationaux- Palais du Tau
2, place du Cardinal Luçon
BP 2062
51100 Reims
Tel. 03 26 47 81 79
www.palais-tau.monuments-nationaux.fr

Opening times

Open every day except Monday
6 May to 8 September, 9.30 am to 6.30 pm (last entrance 30 minutes prior to closure)
9 September to 5 May, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and 2 pm to 5.30 pm (last entrance 30 minutes prior to closure)

Closed

1 January, 1 May, 1 and 11 November, 25 December

Prices

Full rate: €7.50
Reduced rate: €4.50 (18- to 25-year-old non-EU citizens)
Group rate: €6.00 (adult groups of over 20 people, groups led by a tourism professional, a lecture guide, or an EU guide)
Price for school party bookings: €30.00; 35 pupils maximum

Free entry

Under-18s (in a family group and excluding school groups)
18-25 year-olds (from the 27 EU member states and regular non-EU residents living on French soil)
1st Sunday of the month from January to May and from November to December
Disabled persons and their accompanying adult,
Jobseekers on presentation of proof dating from the past 6 months
Adult accompanying school party (1 adult per 15 pupils)
Journalists

Combined entrance to the Palais du Tau + Tower of Reims Cathedral
Full rate: €11.00
Reduced rate: €7.00
Group rates: €8.00

Getting there

Take the A4 from Paris to Strasbourg A4, or the A26 from Lyon or Lille
Take the Reims-Cathédrale exit
TGV Est (45 minutes from Paris)

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