Langres is one of the finest towns in France and for history lovers and admirers of places that look remarkably unchanged over the centuries Langres will is a real thrill.
In the heart of the Haut-Marne department in Champagne-Ardenne, Langres is at the gateway to Champagne and Burgundy.
3.5 kilometres of ramparts surround and hug the hill top town offering incredible views over the surrounding countryside. You can never tire of the panoramic sight of the verdant Marne Valley and the blue lakes from the walkways of Langres soaring above the plateau. It is said that on a clear day you can see as far as the Bernese Alps in Switzerland.
Enter the town via one of its seven gates, which date back as far as Roman times, with the “new gate” being a mere 500 years old. Wander the ramparts and discover twelve towers set into the chunky walls. If you fancy a trip to the bottom of the hill, you can always hop into the free funicular lift for even more stunning views!
In the town is a maze of lanes and walkways, ancient monuments, statues and sculptures. Gallo-Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, so many different styles of architecture have left their footprint but in this town they blend beautifully.
The main street is lined with quirky shops many of which look as though they have not changed for decades – they have a gentle air of refinement and heritage. There are numerous references to Diderot, the famous French philosopher and author of French Encyclopaedia who was born and lived here.
Wander off the main road and discover beautiful houses, little boulangeries, flower shops and everywhere, homes have small niches where little religious statues are stored, they are said to protect the inhabitants.
Living history is on every corner here in Langres… this is a place to fall in love with and linger longer…
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