Cathédrale St-Pierre et St-Paul

Top choice in Troyes

All at once imposing and delicate with its filigree stonework, Troyes' cathedral is a stellar example of champenoise Gothic architecture. The flamboyant west façade dates from the mid-1500s, while the 114m-long interior is illuminated by a spectacular series of 180 stained-glass windows (13th to 17th centuries) that shine like jewels when it’s sunny. Also notable is the fantastical Baroque organ (1730s) sporting musical putti (cherubs), and a tiny treasury with enamels from the Meuse Valley.

Back in 1429, Joan of Arc and Charles VII stopped off here on their way to his coronation in Reims.

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2. Hôtel du Chaudron

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3. La Cité du Vitrail

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5. Basilique St-Urbain

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6. WWII Memorial

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This memorial pays homage to those who fought and died in WWII.

7. 16th-Century Troyes

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Half-timbered houses – some with lurching walls and floors that aren’t quite level – line many streets in the old city, rebuilt after a devastating fire…

8. Ruelle des Chats


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