Chauny

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TownChauny
Insee code02173
Postcode02300
Latitude49.6155760
Longitude3.2194210
AltitudeFrom 42 to 96 meters
Surface13.28 km²
Population12198 inhabitants
Density918 inhabitants/km²

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National labelOgnes at 1.8 km
Chief townLaon (at 34 km, 39 min)Viry-Noureuil at 2.5 km
DepartmentAisneSinceny at 3.1 km
RegionPicardySearch another town

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TOWN PRESENTATION

Chauny is situated on the river Oise, in a fertile valley that some authors call "The Golden Valley".

This city is heir to a prestigious past. Presumably the city arose after the destruction of the Roman city of Condren and invasions of the Vandals and Huns in 407 and 451.

Chauny does not always carried the same name, Latin writers call Calniacum to become later in the charters of Kings Calny, Causni, Caunes and finally Chauny.

Over the centuries, Chauny was often invaded.

In Gargantua Rabelais described it as a city full of zest and verve. Chauny has retained its reputation as successful and dynamic city.

Located in the heart of a vibrant industrial area, its economic development starts in the late 18th century ice warehouse built in Saint-Gobain.

Since 1822, its mission is affirmed through the manufacture of soda.

In 1835, the famous physicist and chemist Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, who now runs the local laboratory, shows that chlorine is an element and isolated cyanogen.

In 1917, the city is completely destroyed with dynamite by the Germans and will be gradually rebuilt until 1930.

The legend of monkeys Chauny:

  • Caption 1: The municipality of Chauny wanting, say, swans populate the waters around this small town, made the request to the city of Paris. Whoever was responsible for writing, either inadvertently or through ignorance, put "cynges" instead of "cyngnes. However, as previously spelling the word monkey with a "c" and "y" (cynge), Parisians Chauny sent to a collection of man-monkeys. Hence the saying was born monkeys Chauny. If non e vero, bene trovato.
  • Legend 2: It is much more likely that the nickname comes from the fact that the musketeers of Chauny bore the figure of a monkey on their banner.
  • Legend 3: Mr. Boileau Maulaville think this nickname comes from the taste that people had Chauny of the Middle Ages to the public games, the tricks and antics. But it is especially Rabelais writes, in "Gargantua" in Chapter 24, a paragraph on Chauny. He reported the activity of Gargantua and his schedule when the air was wet: "Would see batteleurs, trajectaires (jugglers), thiéracleurs (quacks), and considered their actions, their cunning, their soubressauts (capers ) and good talk, especially those in Chauny in Picardy, because they are such large and beautiful waxwings donor nonsense in green monkeys (chimeric animals). Thus, the monkeys remained the symbol of the city and they are found on the shields.

SIGHTSEEING

Chauny The city was completely rebuilt in the years 1920-1930 in the Art Deco style. Therefore you will find buildings of a particular style as the station, indoor market, City Hall and especially the interiors and the hall that are most representative.

Two churches are also of this period: the church of Saint Martin in 1927 and founded the church of Notre Dame in 1930.

Random Street you will also find large mansions, but also looking up, you will see the facades of some buildings, frescoes, sculptures and drawings that reflect the rich history of Chauny.

The municipal museum offers 300 rooms including a geological collection, another of flints, the remains of Gallo-Roman pottery, a Merovingian sarcophagus, seals dating from the French Revolution, of earthenware Sinceny and the order signed by Louis 18th in 1814 that restored the arms of the city.

The park "The Walks", built on the ruins of the ramparts of the old city, has a fitness trail, but it also hosts the Jeu de Paume and a set of Arc.

Detailed information
TransportTrain station of Chauny
Information pointsVisitor Information Centre of Chauny
Leisure centresMuseum of Chauny
Performance hallsCultural Centre Le Forum

EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS

  • The market is held every Friday morning from 8.30am to 12pm on the Place de l'Hotel de Ville for fruits and vegetables, and the market place to cover the rest.
  • The Fair in March, 1st carnival of the year takes place on the Place Saint Momble for a long period.
  • A flower market, organized by the Office of Tourism, held annually in May
  • Celebrations of Rabelais, each year, beginning on Ascension for 4 days, with the market Rabelais set up City Hall and involving nearly 50 booths of crafts and products of various regions. The highlight is undoubtedly the parade and carnival folk, who conducted the Sunday closing, joined many foreign companies that complement the show. These festivals attract thousands of visitors each year. Greater participation of local companies.
  • Jumble sale early September.
  • Many flea markets are held throughout the year.

ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND

  • At FARGNIER: Museum of the Resistance and Deportation.
  • At Saint-Gobain: the former Manufacture Royale des Glaces created by Colbert in 1692 with gorgeous chapel that sits at the entrance thereof. Also the underground of the old castle located under the site of the factory.
  • Beautiful hikes to do in the great forest of 10 000 hectares where you will find the rocks of the Hermitage.
  • The locks are also a pole of attraction in the region. Canal de l'Oise, Aisne and Saint-Quentin roads are always busy especially boaters who join foreign capital or the shores of the ocean.

PHOTOS

City HallCity Hall
 
StationStation
Cultural Center ForumCultural Center Forum
 
Media LibraryMedia Library
The poolThe pool
 
The Office of TourismThe Office of Tourism

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WEATHER

Thursday 24 April
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Min. 8°C - Max. 16°C
Friday 25 April
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Saturday 26 April
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BED & BREAKFASTS

 
House with 3 bedroomsChambres d'hôtes sur la courtine    
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Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique
House on the rempart of the Coucy-le-Château's town. Wonderful view from 2 of the 3 rooms. 2 double rooms and 1 family suite for 4 personnes.
Located 12.9 km from ChaunyFrom 53 € to 63 € the double room 
House with 2 bedroomsChez Ric et Fer  
Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique
Chez Ric & Fer Suite b&b **** is a lovely high standing Bed and Breakfast located in the upper city of Coucy le Château, a lovely fortified village in the Picardie area, right in the...
Located 13 km from ChaunyFrom 95 € to 130 € the double room 
Castle with 5 bedroomsDomaine Le Parc    
9.8
Danizy
Authentic 18th chateau, period rooms, terraces and 5 luxury bed-rooms, cuisine with savoury products.
Located 13.3 km from Chauny 

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VACATION RENTALS

 
House for 4 personsNouveau !! LaTerrasse de Coucy ***  
9.9
Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique
Description. Home with terrace, wonderful view on the ruins of the Castle and the Vallée de Coucy : Located in Uptown Coucy le Château, this lovely 5-room independant house made of...
Located 12.9 km from ChaunyFrom 404 € to 519 € per week 
House for 8 personsGîte La Tour prend garde  
9.7
Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique
- In the heart of the medieval town of Coucy le Chateau dating from the thirteenth century to protect the walls and door of Soissons, enjoy a green and modern comfort. The La Tour careful...
Located 13.1 km from ChaunyFrom 340 € to 635 € per week 

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CAMPSITES

 
51 places over 13,5 haCamping de l'Aigrette    
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Attichy
Welcome to the Egret's Camping. Fancy a change of scenery? Surrounded by a beautiful pond and a unique landscape, the Egret's Camping at Attichy in Oise (France, south of the Picardy...
Located 26 km from ChaunyFrom 12 € to 15.50 € per day 

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HOTELS

Auberge De Villequier - Hotel in ChaunyAuberge De Villequier     
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Villequier-Aumont
In the heart of the Picardy region, this guesthouse is set in a park in the village of Villequier-Aumont. It offers a restaurant and rooms with free Wi-Fi access. The guest rooms at...
Located 3.7 km from ChaunyRoom from 63 €
Auberge De Vendeuil - Hotel in ChaunyAuberge De Vendeuil    
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Vendeuil
Located at Vendeuil, between Laon and Saint Quentin, l'Auberge de Vendeuil welcomes you in a warm atmosphere. The hotel has 22 comfortable simple and double rooms. They are equipped...
Located 14.6 km from ChaunyRoom from 28 €
Logis Le Saint Eloi - Hotel in ChaunyLogis Le Saint Eloi     
8.4
Noyon
This beautiful 19th-century hotel is located near the centre of Noyon. It offers elegantly furnished rooms and suites with free Wi-Fi internet access. Enjoy the American bar and excellent...
Located 16 km from ChaunyRoom from 65 €

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Hôtel De La Banniere De France
In the heart of the Picardy region, this hotel sits in the centre of the historical city of Laon. It offers a gourmet restaurant and spacious rooms with...
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