City of Art, Troyes has preserved its magnificent historic centre. The heart of the city in the shape of a champagne cork holds much for walkers to see: timber-framed houses, a typically troyenne architecture, its narrow streets like the famous "ruelle des Chats" (very narrow path), its mansions, and its ten listed churches. The numerous sculptures and the old windows of the various religious buildings are examples of work by the talented master glassmakers and sculptors of important artistic movement the Troyes School. The Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul Gothic cathedral is a magnificent example: 1,500 m² of wonderful windows dating from the 13th to the 19th century are a sight to behold!
The city also offers a vast choice of museums, such as the Tool and Labor Thought house containing an exceptional collection of old shaping tools, the Vauluisant mansion home to the Troyes and Champagne Historic museum as well as the Hosiery museum, a major tradition in Troyes; The Saint-Loup museum dedicated to Fine art, Archaeology and Natural History, and the Modern Art museum in a former episcopal palace.
Renowned for its textile tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, Troyes is the capital of factory shops today. Shopping fans and bargain hunters will be in heaven.
City of Art and History, Troyes is located in the heart of the Grand Est region, in the department of Aube. Near the Parisian region, it takes place some sixty kilometers from Sens, and about thirty kilometers from Romilly-sur-Seine.
Historic capital of the counts of Champagne, the town of Troyes has been populated since the Gallo-Roman era, as evidenced by some vestiges dating from the 1st century BC. Having experienced numerous attacks during the following centuries, the city Reached its apogee in the course of the twelfth century by becoming the property of the Counts of Champagne. It develops during this period its textile activity, which will endure until the twentieth century.
Today, Troyes has become the capital of factory outlets and unveils to its visitors an important cultural and architectural heritage. Its medieval center, as well as its museums, attract every year a large number of tourists eager to plunge in the past of this city to the rich history. The city is also home to several labels, including the Memory of the World Register, four flowers in the Contest of Flowered Towns and Villages in France.
The old center of Troyes is surely one of the favorite sites of the visitors. You can admire a large number of medieval houses with timber frames and shimmering colors. One finds the narrowest street of the city, the lane of the Cats, which takes its name from the fact that a cat can pass from one side to the other of the street because of the houses that touch by the roofs. Do not miss the newly renovated rue Emile-Zola, which unveils an important commercial activity.
Troyes hosts a large number of old mansions, starting with the town hall. Classified as Historic Monuments, it was built in the 17th century, and unveils a beautiful statue of Minerva helmeted. Today the university-center of the city, the Hôtel-Dieu-le-Comte was directed until the French Revolution by the sisters of the Order of St. Augustine. The barn of the building, restored, now hosts a very interesting conservatory of stained glass. Troyes is indeed one of the richest European cities in terms of stained glass, with the presence of nearly 9,000 m² of stained glass windows of all periods. Finally, we will appreciate the beauty of the hotels of Marisy, Mauroy and Petit Louvre, classified as Historical Monuments, as well as the hotel of prefecture, registered with the Historic Monuments.
The Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul Cathedral, also listed as a Historic Monument, was built between the 13th and 17th centuries. Of Gothic style, it has the particularity of owning only one tower. Inside, one can appreciate some of the most beautiful stained glass windows of France, like those of the choir that date from the thirteenth century and represent the victory of the New Testament on the Old. Three other churches of the city, also classified, deserve the detour. The Saint-Nizier church of the 16th century also displays exceptional stained glass windows and a Gothic style, while the church of Sainte-Madeleine is the oldest religious building of Troyes. Gothic building of the thirteenth century, the Saint-Urbain basilica notably seduced by its roof in glazed tiles. It is the work of Pope Urban IV, originally from the city.
Rich in cultural life, the city of Troyes does not lack of diverse and varied museums, like the Museum of Modern Art. Considered one of the richest in France, it takes place in the former episcopal palace of the commune. There are works from the second half of the 19th century until 1960. The Art Deco glass collection is particularly remarkable. You will also appreciate the museum of Vauluisant composed of the historical museum of Troyes and of the Champagne and the museum of the hosiery, or the museum Aubois of history of the education. Installed in the old church of the same name, the Saint-Loup Museum highlights the evolution of applied arts until the 19th century through objects of art, archaeological pieces and sculptures. Housed in the mansion of Mauroy, a Renaissance building, the House of Tools and Workers' Thought reveals collections of tools for shaping the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Not far from Troyes, lovers of greenery and botany will appreciate the Regional Natural Park of the forest of the Orient, one of the first natural parks created in France.
Several weekly markets take place in Troyes, between Monday and Sunday following the districts.
The art crafts fair highlights all the know-how of the region and the country in February.
Considered one of the largest fairgrounds in France, the March fair unveils its rides and other entertainment five weeks before Easter.
In April, the short film festival allows to attend screenings and cinematographic encounters.
The Antiquités du Printemps, organized in April, allows visitors to discover a large antiques market for good deals.
Two important festivals take place in July and August, the Ville en Lumières festival and the Ville en Musique festival with various and varied activities such as concerts or illuminations of monuments.
October is an important month in Troyes with notably the Festival of the Nights of Champagne and its concerts, the book fair of the youth, or even the flea market of autumn.
In December, the city organizes a Christmas flea market and a craft market.