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Melun

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Seine-et-Marne

Melun - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Seine-et-Marne
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The welcoming town of Melun lies on the Seine and is the historic capital of the Capetian Kings of France. It's a lovely place for a wander, with a pedestrian-only centre and pleasant river banks and harbour. For culture fans, the Musée de Melun in the Maison de la Vicomté charts the history and heritage of Melun through archaeological objects, paintings and sculptures.

While you're there, don't miss sampling its famous, strong-tasting AOC cheese, Brie de Melun. An event is held in its honour on the first Saturday of every October with tastings, competitions and a range of entertainment.

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Melun

Melun installed in a bend of the Seine, is since 1800, city prefecture of the department of Seine-et-Marne. Located fifty kilometers southeast of Paris, it now has more than 40,000 inhabitants within the metropolitan Melun-Val-de-Seine (over 100,000 inhabitants).

It has hosted many illustrious figures like Peter Abelard, Etienne Chevalier, Jacques Amyot, Louis Pasteur, Paul Cézanne, marking the artistic, cultural and economic life of the entire region.

Melun is mentioned for the first time in 52 BC The Roman conquest brought the city in history under the name of Metlosedum, "the seat of the reaper."

In the 10th century, with the advent of the Capetians, Melun gets the royal favor: a royal castle is developed at the tip of the island, the court regularly stays in the city, the Notre Dame was founded by King Robert the Pious ... Melun supplied the capital flour, processed on site and transported by the Seine.

Renaissance contribute to the architectural development of the city. The civil and religious heritage is embellished, evidenced St. Aspais church, a masterpiece of late Gothic.

This period also marked the phasing out of the castle by the kings of France who prefer the field of Fontainebleau. In the 18th century, the former fortifications were gradually dismantled to make way for boulevards. Important barracks testify until the 19th century a related to the strategic position of the city compared to Paris military presence.

In the 19th century, Melun industrializing. The railway arrived in 1849 and offers a new breath of urbanization. The city is experiencing a real development through industrialization oriented pharmacy (Cooper and Vernin laboratories) and food (Brasserie Gruber).

In 1945, the School Officers of the National Gendarmerie (EOGN - 4th Military School France) moved to Melun, continuing military presence in the city.

Melun is now a university town hosting a nursing school, and the IUFMs Faculty of Law and Economics.

Currency Melun "True to its walls to eat rats" speaks volumes about the loyalty and courage of Melunais through the centuries.

The city now offers a green heart at the door of the famous forest of Fontainebleau, with walks along the banks and a river port. Human-sized city just thirty minutes from Paris, Melun is embellished with lively shopping streets and a market rich in quality regional products including Brie Melun (Protected Designation of Origin).

Things to see and do

"Melun, city of history" is a 29-step pedestrian walkway made up of enamelled lava plates, placed on the façades of the buildings or inserted into desks. A leaflet published in French and English will guide you through the city in order to make you discover, with complete freedom, its history and its monuments. On sale at the Tourist Office.

Saint-Aspais church, Notre-Dame collegiate church, Saint-Sauveur priory, Saint-Jean square and fountain, Hôtel-Ville des Cens, the rampart of the Late Empire, Héloïse and Abélard, Bridge at the Moulins, the Récollets, the oven of the merry-go-round, the abbey of Saint-Père, the Hôtel de la Vicomté, the birthplace of Jacques Amyot... here are some of the 29 stages of the historical journey Monuments and historical sites of the city.

Among the ideas of excursions: guided tours, cruises on the Seine, tastings of local products, markets and shopping streets, Brie festival...

Guided tours of the city are offered from April to October on different themes. Registration and information at the Tourist Office of Melun: Tel. : +33 1 64 52 64 52 - Email: office.tourisme@ville-melun.fr

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Events and festivities

Ceramics on the Seine and its market of potters - Heritage Days - Melun Fête Son Brie - Easter egg hunt - July 13 fireworks - Children's tracks - Flea market and garage sale - Wedding fair - Salon des Seniors - Employment forum - Book and wastepaper fair - Salon de la Pêche...

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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte - Castle of Blandy-les-Tours - Collegiate of Champeaux - Castle and forest of Fontainebleau...

For groups, the Tourist Office of Melun offers a wide choice of visits: historical heritage, Vaux-le-Vicomte, industrial tourism, cruises on the Seine, discovery of local products of Seine-et-Marne...

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