Nestling at the heart of the Marne Valley, at the foot of the Champagne appellation hillside vineyards, the small town of Château-Thierry was the birthplace of the famous fable author Jean de La Fontaine, born in 1621. There is a museum dedicated to him in the house where he was born - a beautiful 16th-century private mansion. Step into the famous poet's world, with documents, manuscripts, engravings, illustrations, art objects and also La Fontaine's study. Then enjoy a walk in the heights of the old town, to discover the old castle, a pleasant fortified site where the ramparts offer a superb view of the rooftops of Château-Thierry and the Marne Valley. You will also have a chance to admire the beautiful medieval remains as you follow the information signs along the trail. These include the imposing Door of St. John, the well-preserved ramparts dotted with towers, and the old keep. From April to All Saints' Day (early November) you can watch flight displays with birds of prey - the eagles of Château-Thierry - on the castle esplanade.
Every year in May, the town of Château-Thierry hosts the Jean de La Fontaine festival, a cultural and artistic event dedicated to music, theatre and dance.
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