Sites and Monuments
The historical heritage of Chalons-en-Champagne is rich in sites and monuments. Do not miss on visiting the famous monuments such as the Collegiate Church Notre-Dame-en-Vaux, the Halles Market and the “Porte Sainte-Croix”. Then take some time to explore the area including the sites marked by the Great War.
Sites et monuments
Eglise Saint Alpin
Built in the late 12th century, rebuilt and enlarged in the 16th century, it is the church of Châlons the most marked by the Renaissance style. It has the distinction of being attached to the north and east by surrounding homes.
Collégiale Notre Dame en Vaux
The church Notre-Dame-en-Vaux is classified UNESCO World Heritage. With 56 bells, it holds one of the largest carillon in Europe as well as admirable windows from the sixteenth century. Very elegant, it mixes Gothic and Romanesque art in the most beautiful way.
Centre National des Arts du Cirque
This old municipal circus, completed in 1899, has been holding the Circus Arts NationCentre since 1985. The teaching given to about twenty pupils each year, includes all live showbusiness forms, grouped around three main trunks: artistic awareness, circus technics and creative ability.
Halle du Marché
The recovery of the Mau in the extension of the square Godart in 1882 allowed to raise the "Halle aux Comestibles" characteristic of metal constructions of the late 19th century. Subject of an extensive renovation project while respecting the original architecture, she found her vocation covered market, combining aesthetics and modernization of its facilities.
Ancien Siège de la Gestapo
An emotional visit in a place that marked life in Châlons during the Second World War. The visit and the documents available allow to understand the grip of the Gestapo and how the Resistance was organized. No individuals tours. Tours on request for groups.
Cathédrale Saint Etienne
Saint-Etienne Cathedral offers a beautiful example of gothic art from the 13th century. Its architecture, particularly that of the nave and north transept, is remarkable.
Porte Sainte Croix
Built in 1769 in the ancient city walls, it was dedicated to Marie Antoinette when she arrived in France and took the name of Porte Dauphine. The exterior was decorated with military trophies, while the reliefs provided on the opposite side were never carved. Get in Porte Ste Croix and discover Chalons as you've never seen. Site accessible only through guided tours.
Hôtel des intendants de champagne
Today Prefecture of the Champagne-Ardenne Region and Prefecture of the Marne. Part of the buildings and the courtyard were built in the 18th century. On June 22nd, 1791, returning from Varennes, Louis the XVIth and the royal family spent the night here before returning to Paris. The first Prefect of the Marne, Bourgeois Jessaint served its function from 1800 to 1838.
Hôtel de Ville
The Town Hall houses the municipal institutions since 1776. It is registered in 1932 as a historical monument for its large lounge and classified in 1941 for its facades, roofs, hallway, staircase and first floor lounge. Open access exhibitions are regularly organized.
The synagogue of Châlons-en-Champagne was built between 1874 and 1875 on plans by local architect Alexis Vagny. It looks like a small church of Moorish style. On the front face is written « Que tes demeures sont aimables ô Eternel Tsévaot! », a biblical verse in Hebrew taken from Psalm 84. This synagogue is still in business. Just opposite is a Protestant church.