A former Impressionist center that welcomed Claude Monet, the commune of Argenteuil takes place in Île-de-France, in the Val-d'Oise department. It is located on the right bank of the Seine, bordering the departments of Seine-Saint-Denis, Yvelines and Hauts-de-Seine through the cities of Epinay-sur-Seine, Sartrouville and Colombes.
Originally devoted to agriculture and viticulture, the city of Argenteuil became the fourth commune of the region following a major industrialization in the nineteenth century. Of very old origin, it is populated since the Gallo-Roman period. The city of Paris is known for having received in legacy during the Middle Ages, the famous tunic of Argenteuil. Sent by the Empress Irene to Charlemagne, this piece of cloth would be, according to legend, the tunic of Jesus Christ himself.
Today more touristy, Argenteuil benefits from a strong economy, as well as a historical and architectural heritage of the greatest interest. Its proximity to Paris makes it an ideal place to immerse yourself in the vestiges of Impressionist culture, while enjoying all the attractions of the French capital.
The Saint-Jean-Baptiste Chapel dates back to the 10th century and is classified as a Historic Monument. Located in the enclosure of a primitive Benedictine abbey, the religious building blends the Romanesque style and the classical style, and allows to admire three burial masonations of the 8th or 10th century.
Uncovered in the second half of the nineteenth century, the covered walk of the Deserts was classified to the Historic Monuments in 1943. It is a collective burial dating from the end of the Neolithic era. It is covered with six slabs of sandstone attributed to the civilization of Seine-Oise-Marne.
Two other monuments have been inscribed in Argenteuil, the 17th century Marais castle, of which only the main door of the 18th century remains, as well as the crypt of the Notre-Dame abbey. Built between the 11th and 12th centuries, the latter still unveils some walls, as well as a small altar with a liturgical swimming pool.
Centered on local history, the museum of Argenteuil takes place in the old hospital of the eighteenth century. One can admire there collections of drawings, paintings and various objects relating to the commune and its surroundings.
Of neo-Romanesque style, the basilica Saint-Denis is known to welcome in its bosom the famous tunic of Argenteuil. The latter is located in an altar-reliquary in painted lava dating from the second half of the 19th century. Enamelled medallions bear witness to the history of the relic over time. The religious building has other objects classified as Historic Monuments such as a 17th century bell, a painting by Nicolas Guy Brenet from the 18th century, or a Madonna and Child in wood from the 17th century.
Walking through Argenteuil, you can also discover the house of Claude Monet rebuilt in the late 19th century, or the old mill Orgemont which offers a breathtaking view of the whole western suburbs of Paris. It is the only vestige, with the Tower Billy, of the ten mills which were formerly in Argenteuil. The cellar dîmière, at the beginning of the thirteenth century, is also lacking interest with its vaulted compartments on crossed ogives. Today it hosts concerts.
Classified as Regional Natural Areas, the Parc des Buttes du Parisis stretches over more than 465 hectares and offers one of the most beautiful views in Paris. It is also a place to preserve some forty species of birds.
The city of Argenteuil hosts several weekly markets in different districts, between Tuesday and Sunday.
In March, place at the Caribedanza festival dedicated to Afro-Caribbean dances and music.
On the 1st of May, the Feast of the Banks is the occasion to enjoy several animations on the banks of the Seine.
The festival of Argenteuil is held during most of June. On the program of the event, a carnival, a festival of cultures, vegetable walks and the whole is closed by the concerts of the festival of music.
Alternatiba is a festival held in June. In particular, he unveils various solutions to counter global warming with innovations from individuals and professionals. Conferences, workshops and activities on ecology are also offered.
The Pariz Breizh festival is held in September with a Breton market, a fest-noz or concerts.
Running, the 10 km of Argenteuil are held every year in October.
The town offers a very busy Christmas market in December with illuminations and the arrival of Santa Claus.