Nestling on the banks of the Ourcq and dominated by the ruins of an imposing fortress, the charming little town of La Ferté-Milon is best discovered on a leisurely stroll along its towpath, paved streets and listed buildings.
Founded in the late 14th century but never completed because of the assassination of the Duke of Orleans in 1407, La Ferté-Milon Castle has some interesting remains, like its impressive façade with window holes, portcullis towers and low reliefs, a particularly remarkable example of which illustrates the Coronation of the Virgin. Also take advantage of your visit to admire the view of the Ourcq Valley from the castle esplanade...
Other monuments to discover in La Ferté-Milon are the Church of St. Nicholas and its stained glass windows from the 16th century, representing scenes from the life of Christ and a vision of the Apocalypse, and the 12th-16th-century Church of Our Lady, where the famous fable author Jean de La Fontaine married Jean Racine's cousin.
Literature fans should be sure to visit the Jean Racine Museum, dedicated to the life and works of the famous playwright. His memory is kept alive in the house of his paternal grandmother, where the writer spent his childhood!