Charming medieval city, Sézanne takes place in Grand East region, in the department of Marne. Situated about forty kilometers from Epernay and sixty kilometers from Châlons-en-Champagne, it enjoys a great proximity to the Paris region. Nestled between the Traconne forest and the Saint-Gond marsh, it also reveals a great diversity in its landscapes.
Populated since Gallic times, the city of Sézanne suffered extensive damage during the great waves of invasions before being reborn from its ashes in the 10th century. Completely rebuilt in its original location, it is equipped with a castle and fortifications, as well as numerous windmills. Considered one of the largest cities of Champagne in the thirteenth century, it took a new lease of life in the sixteenth century with the development of the leather industry, the trade of cloth, as well as viticulture.
Almost completely destroyed in a fire in the early seventeenth century, Sézanne is today a pleasant tourist town that has maintained an important architectural heritage that attracts a large number of visitors.
Classified as Historical Monuments, the church of Saint-Denis impresses with its square tower high of more than forty meters. All in blond stone, it has a beautiful Gothic style flamboyant since the sixteenth century, and survived all the outrages of time and war. Restored in the early 2000s, it reveals Renaissance stained-glass windows, as well as a beautiful fresco of the Transfiguration above the high altar of the eighteenth century. In the foothills, some twenty workshops used to be boilermakers, tailors, shoemakers or notaries until the beginning of the 20th century. Only one remains open today, it now hosts the Tourist Office.
Former castle built at the beginning of the 12th century to watch over the fortifications of the city, the praetorium was completely rebuilt in the 15th century by Charles of Orleans. Prison then court at the time of the French Revolution, it also hosted a girls' school for several years. Completely renovated, it now serves as a conference room, shows, banquets or meetings.
In Baltard style, the hall dates from the end of the 19th century. Inscribed in the Historic Monuments, it hosts throughout the year events such as gourmet events, concerts or an ice rink.
Within the confines of the hospital center of Sézanne, it is possible to admire the vestiges of the convent of Recollets. Founded in the second half of the 12th century, it reveals in particular a cloister and a chapel very well preserved. The second particularly deserves the detour with his paintings of Brother Luc, a monk of the seventeenth century and a pupil of the painter Poussin.
As you walk through Sézanne, do not miss to admire the sundial of 1783 located not far from the hall. Listed in the Inventory of Communal Heritage, he unveils a Latin phrase of the poet Horace inviting to meditation. Not far from the narrow streets of the city center, it is also possible to see the remains of the ancient walls, as well as a 17th century mansion.
Cozy town, Sézanne reveals more than thirty hectares of green spaces, like its green belt of malls, ancient medieval ramparts filled in the eighteenth century and planted lime alleys and chestnut trees. Labeled Outstanding Garden, Garden Between courtyard and garden is a paradise of trees and flowers.
The market takes place on Wednesday morning, and on Saturday all day. The June sale is organized on the first weekend of this month, with the traditional flea market on Sunday. Every weekend closest to December 6, the city also offers its fair of Saint-Nicolas with rides and a braderie.
Starting June 21st for the Music Festival, Sézanne offers its Festive Soirees throughout the summer. On the program, concerts of all styles.
The Séz'Est festival is an event devoted to jazz that takes place over three days in October.
From the last Friday of November until Christmas, place to the festivities of December which begin with a release of balloons. Visit Saint Nicolas, concerts, shows, illuminations, play tracks, toy purse or even skating rink are offered to locals and visitors.