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Compiègne

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Oise

Compiègne - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Oise
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In the department of Oise, Compiègne is an important town in France's history. It became a royal and imperial city in the 18th century, when the castle was built. Louis XV, Louis XVI, Napoleon I and Napoleon III spent time there in succession, transforming the castle into a bastion of power. See all the opulence of the place in the richly decorated and furnished royal and imperial apartments, as well as the works of art and memorabilia of the imperial family in the museums of the Second Empire. For lovers of classic cars, the French National Car and Tourism Museum looks at the development of the automobile over the centuries, with a wonderful collection of horse-drawn carriages and cycles from the 18th to early 20th centuries. Before leaving the castle, walk down Allée des Beaux-Monts, which Napoleon III had designed to offer a stunning perspective.

In the town, discover some pretty medieval houses, the oldest of which dates back to the 15th century: La Vieille Cassine. The town hall is also a very fine building. Its Late Gothic belfry has one of the oldest municipal bells in France, dating back to 1303.

Also don't miss the Museum of Historical Figurines, with its collection of thousands of figurines made of tin, lead, wood, paper... It tells the story of Compiègne and France through amazing arrangements like the last great battle of France's First Empire. Based in the former Songeons mansion, the Antoine Vivenel Museum houses a superb collection of art from Antiquity, the Renaissance and the 19th century.

Continue to delve into French history in Compiègne forest and more specifically the Armistice clearing. It was here that Marshal Foch received the German plenipotentiaries on 11 November 1918 to put an end to four years of appalling war. The state-owned forest also has more than 1,000 kilometres of roads and paths, ideal for beautiful outings in the heart of nature!

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Compiègne

Between Oise and forest Compiègne, royal then imperial city, was the scene of major events in the history of France. The city offers residents and tourists great opportunities for relaxation and culture. Journey through the history or recreational travel, and the region Compiègne invite you to spend some quality time with family and friends.

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Events and festivities

Argos Grigoria
[CANCELED] Parents come from Mars, Child... From McDonalds!
[POSTPONED] Evening Election of the Queen Muguet

Photos

Palace Compiègne (© JP Gilson)
Palace Compiègne (© JP Gilson)
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Memorial Internment and Deportation (© Ch. Schryve)
Memorial Internment and Deportation (© Ch. Schryve)
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Consider Park
Consider Park
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Museum Cloister St. Cornelius
Museum Cloister St. Cornelius
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Park Bayser (© JP Gilson)
Park Bayser (© JP Gilson)
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Clearing of the Armistice (© CRA)
Clearing of the Armistice (© CRA)
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Historic city
Historic city
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The city
The city
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Belfry of the Town Hall
Belfry of the Town Hall
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Solferino Bridge over the Oise
Solferino Bridge over the Oise
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St. Jacques Church
St. Jacques Church
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St. Jacques Church
St. Jacques Church
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Inside the Saint-Jacques church
Inside the Saint-Jacques church
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The Oise
The Oise
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The war memorial
The war memorial
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The city
The city
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Church of St. Anthony (© JP Gilson)
Church of St. Anthony (© JP Gilson)
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Musée Antoine Vivenel (© JP Gilson)
Musée Antoine Vivenel (© JP Gilson)
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Museum of Figurine (© CRA)
Museum of Figurine (© CRA)
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