Old medieval town located in the Champagne-Ardenne region, Bar-sur-Aube enjoyed a very prosperous period in the course of the Middle Ages. His fame was mainly due to the prosperity of its famous Champagne fairs that brought together merchants from all over Europe, from Flanders to Italy. If the walls have disappeared, however still we admire old buildings and beautiful monuments in the old city center.
The scenery surrounding Bar-sur-Aube also worth a visit with its hills and Coteaux Champenois. The city is also crossed by the Dawn, as its name suggests, offers pleasant walks along the water. It is a pleasure to stroll through the picturesque streets of the city and admiring the architectural and historical heritage of the city, particularly well developed.
Today, the city continues the traditional activities that have made it famous, like crystal, forges, or the wood or hemp industries.
The sites to discover and admire are not lacking in Bar-sur-Aube, reminding the pomp and rich period of the city in medieval times.
Built in the twelfth century, the Saint-Pierre church impresses with its huge bell tower and Romanesque portals. Inside, it is possible to discover the altar of the ancient Abbey of Clairvaux and a beautiful bouquet of polychrome Virgin in the Troyes School of the sixteenth century.
The Saint-Maclou church, built between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, shows the last vestige of the Counts of Champagne castle destroyed on the orders of Henry IV, the bell tower. The church is now closed to the public.
Many buildings in town are listed historical monument or historic monument, like the Petit Clairvaux, a twelfth century cellar, the former Ursuline convent turned into City Hall, or the old hotel Grenier a Sel.
St. Germaine hill can admire a pilgrimage chapel built for Germaine, a virgin martyred. A viewpoint helps to identify major sites like around Colombey-les-deux-Eglises or the forest of Clairvaux.
An archaeological site and excavations, the Celtic oppidum, helps in learning a bit more about the ancient past of the city of Bar-sur-Aube.
Lively and animated from the Middle Ages, the city of Bar-sur-Aube retains important traditions, continuing to organize regular cultural events and other festivities.
In June, the city hosts the fair cheeses and flavors, which can participate in tastings, and a great Celtic evening and a huge fireworks display. At the end of the month the Eurythmies festival attracts many visitors to Bar-sur-Aube. On this occasion, rock, salsa or the blues are featured. Concerts are held in the city and in the whole region.
The festival moved to JazzàBar Bar-sur-Aube in early September. Concerts are held at different sites of the city, and in bars of the center.
The first weekend in September, the Medieval Fair moved into the streets of the old town. Held over two days, it introduces visitors to more than one hundred exhibitors and community groups, reminding the former annual rendezvous of the town, the Champagne fair.