Located on the borders of Champagne and on the edge of the Argonne Forest, Sainte-Menehould is a picturesque town that saw Dom Perignon, "the inventor of Champagne."
The lower town was rebuilt in the early eighteenth century after a terrible fire (1719), surrounds the hill called "the castle", which has kept a medieval aspect with its half-timbered houses.
The square, where stands the town hall, has a fine collection of buildings alternating brick and stone, classified by historical monuments. This "champagne unit" is present on many mansions along the streets.
The city was often placed at the heart of the story.
At the site of the current police station, Drouet, postmaster, recognized Louis XVI as he tried to flee the country, June 21, 1791.
On the nearby site of Valmy, Prussian and French fought September 20, 1792. General Kellermann, under the command of Dumouriez commanded the center of the French Army and occupied the plateau near the mill. To discover, the interpretation center of the battle of Valmy, located at the foot of the mill.
The city and its surroundings were the scene of battles during the First World War. To discover, hand Massiges (Champagne fights), the Moreau Valley (German entrenchment camp), High Ride, the Butte de Vauquois, the necropolis of Romagne-sous-Montfaucon (USA), and the memorial of Montfaucon (USA).
The specialty is the "pig's foot in the Holy Ménehould" of which there are a brotherhood. The recipe is born, they say, in the kitchens of the Hotel de Metz (now disappeared). The legend attributes it to the carelessness of a kitchen boy who had forgotten on the stove a pot feet for over a long night. He discovered the morning that the feet were even better and that the bones had a soft appetizing.
L'Allée des Couleurs: At the heart of the Argonne Forest, between Valmy and Sainte-Menehould, 10 km discovery that highlight landscapes, traditions, history and culture through four shades: Blue: relaxation and fitness - Red : Sports and Recreation - Yellow: history, traditions, culture, - Green: nature and discovery. Choose colors that suit you!