Clamanges is located in the Marne departement in champagne-Ardenne region (now part of Grand Est new region), in the North-East of France at 25 km from Châlons-en-Champagne, the prefecture (Clamanges is at 120 km from Paris).
Discover Clamanges and surroundings
The town of Epernay, well known as capital of the Champagne producing region of France, is a wealthy looking town because of the expensive 19th century townhouses and mansions constructed with the wealth derived from the champagne trade.The town sits below the vine-covered hills typical of the region and is well placed to discover various of the well known champagne producers. While Epernay is best known as a mecca for those with a taste for and interest in champagne the rest of the town and the surrounding region also contain some places of interest. Chateau Perrier
Moet & Chandon and Mercier are the most popular champagne houses for a quick introduction to the champagne experience (called a "degustation" in French), although there are also many smaller producers open to visits in the town.At Castellane - you can't miss it because their 1905 tower dominates the town - you also get good views across the town included in your visit. Places of interest in Epernay.
Chalons en Champagne
The 12th century Collegiale Church of Notre-Dame-en-Vaux which is important enough to be listed as World Heritage Site as one of the list of monuments on the important medieval pilgrimage routes through France. The cathedral is mostly in gothic style, and a very impressive design with two spires to the front and two towers with decorative arches to either side of the chevet at the rear of the church (these were also originally spires but these were removed during the revolution).
- Notre Dame en Vaux Cloister museum
- The 13th century Cathedral of Saint Etienne, an impressive example of gothic style architecture in the region, with a baroque facade added in the 17th century. The stained glass windows and the vaulted roof above the nave are among the highlights in the interior.- The 12th century Church of Saint-Alpin, which was much modified in the Renaissance style during the 16 century- The Church of Saint John, about one kilometre east of the town centre, is notable for dating in part from the 11th century, which makes it the oldest building in Chalons-en-Champagne. It is studied by enthusiasts of medieval architecture because its long period of construction (from the 11th to the 16th century) means the church contains elements of roman, gothic and renaissance architecture.
- On Rue Lochet you can see a Protestant Temple and a Synagogue. Although these buildings were constructed in the 19th century, the Synagogue in particular is worth seeing for its unusual moorish design.
Elsewhere in Chalons there are several other buildings of interest that you will discover as you explore. Particularly imposing is the 18th century Town Hall, built in the neo-classical style popular at that time with a grand colonnaded facade and a clock tower on the roof.
In the nearby of Chalons en Champagne : L'Epine
The village of L'Epine, in the agricultural landscape of the quiet Marne countryside would go unnoticed if it were not for the presence in the village of one of the most important historical landmarks in the Champagne-Ardenne region. Notre-Dame de L'Epine basilica The basilica was built from the early 15thcentury onwards, in a project that was to take more than 100 years to complete (the cathedral was finished in 1527) and in what is known as the 'flamboyant gothic'. The entire facade is ornately decorated, including the main entrance and two side entrances, and the substantial (and irregularly sized) towers to either side. You probably won't notice but the left hand spire is actually a 19th century reconstruction of the original. The facade also has a good number of carved gargoyles, including some very unusual designs - such as a crocodile or unrecognisable beasts fighting - to provide entertainment to your children if they are not usually enthusiasts of medieval architecture! Among the most notable artefacts within the basilica at Epine you can see a wooden sculpture of Saint-Jacques, dating from the 16thcentury. The basilica is also well known for its carved stone 'rood screen' ("jube" in French) between the nave and the choir sections, and a statue of the lamentation of Christ (also called "mise en tombeau") representing various charaters around Christ as he is placed in his tomb. Because of the historical importance of the basilica as one of the sites along the medieval pilgrimage route to Compostella the basilica is now listed as a UNESCO world heritage site (as are about 70 other monuments along the same routes).
Troyes is in the Aube department of the Champagne-Ardenne region, on the Seine River. The city describes itself as "La cite en forme de bouchon de champagne" (trans: the city in the form of a champagne cork) although this is more noticeable from aerial views than from exploring the town on foot...! Your visit will focus in the Place de l'Hotel-de-Ville, the main square in central Troyes, and along the bustling Rue Emile Zola, the principal street through the town centre.
Reims is a city in the Champagne-Ardenne region, in the north of France. Although Reims suffered very badly during bombing in WWI, its historical centre contains a great deal of interest. Your visit to Reims will focus in the centre and around the cathedral and other major monuments, and the main squares: the Place Royale, with a statue of Louis XV, and the Place Cardinal-Lucon, with an equestrian statue of Joan of Arc. The rue de Vesle is the main street.