Art Town : museums, churches, half timbered houses

Troyes the medieval town

A town of heritage, art and history

Troyes the medieval town : the original form of the town results from various factors : modifications, over the years, to the limits of the Gallo-Roman town, the successives diversions of the course of the Seine and the fortifications erected at the time of the Champagne Fairs.

Troyes the medieval town, the historical capital of Champagne region keeps a rich architectural heritage from the middle ages to the industrial Revolution; including magnificent buildings from the 16th century, as well as collection of a great historical and artistic significance housed in four museums.

Lot of churches with stained glasses, museums and mansions.

Modern Art museum

Vue du jardin du musée d’Art moderne
© Adrien Clergeot, Ville de Troyes

The museum opened out of the donation of Pierre and Denise Lévy’s collectionto the State. The museum of modern art houses a unique selection of paintings, drawings, glass and ceramic which offers an overview vision onto the multi-faceted French Art between 1850 and 1960.

Arts works by Bonnard, Braque, Courbet, Daumier, Degas, Dufy,, Maillol, Matisse, Millet, Picasso, Rodin, Seurat, van Dongen, Vuillard are exhibited alongside significant collections of tribal Art from Africa and Oceania; and works by André Derain and Maurice Martinot who where close friends of the Lévy’s.

Vue aérienne du musée des Beaux-arts et d’Archéologie
© Carole Bell, Ville de Troyes

Saint Loup Museum

Museum of fine arts and archeology, natural history museum.

From the origins of humanity to the 20th century, through rich and varied collections of miscellaneous objects.

Natural science museum : A unique museum in our region.

Archeology : from Prehistory to the beginning of the Middle-Ages

Fine Arts : A panoramic view of French and European art

Vauluisant Museum

L’hôtel de Vauluisant
© Jean-Marie Protte, musées

Treasures from the Renaissance in Champagne and hosiery collections

Champagne’s beautiful 16th century : The Hôtel de Vauluisant is one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings of the 16th century in which are kept painted, panels statues and stained glass.

The paintings reflet Italian and Nordic influences. In the field of the sculpture, the most famous artists of the century are represented : Master of Chaource, Dominique Florentin.

The art of stained glass displays its final blaze of glory with the works of Linard Gontier.

Hoisery : Troyes is the European capital of knitwear. The museum pays a tribute to the craft which Troyes is most famous for. This section traces back the history of expertise and creativity in textiles from wooden looms to the ultra-modern machinery of the ”golden age” in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Apothicairerie de l’Hôtel-Dieu-le-Comte

Apothicairerie, vue de la grande salle
© Jean-Marie Protte, musées

One of the most beautiful French apothecary’s in its original 18th century location.

Numerous pharmacy jars which used in contain ointments or pills, and an outstanding collection of more than 300 medecine boxes in painted wood

Rare objects, ranging from an old mortar to a precious reliquary.

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St Pierre – St Paul Cathedral

Measuring 114 meters in length, 50 meters in width and 28,50 meters in heigth under the vaults, the Cathedral is a fine example of Gothic architecture.

St Pierre & St Paul steeple is incomplete, still as it was left in 1545.

1 500 square meters of stained glass dating from between the 13th and 19th century, make a fantastic book of images.

St Madeleine Church

Famous for its stone jubé, true chiselled lace from early 16th century.

St Urbain Basilica

Basilique Saint Urbain
Saint Urbain basilica
© D. Le Névé OT Grand Troyes

It’s a pure jewel of Gothic art similar in style to the St Chapelle in Paris.

A masterpiece of Gothic art, Saint-Urbain is known for its superb proportions, its stone lace and huge windows and was called the “Parthenon of Champagne”. The vast portal, covering the entire western side of the building, was completed in 1905, but the pediment, on which a magnificent Last Judgement is shown, dates from the 13th century. Upon entering the church, visitors are struck by its elegance, sobriety and luminosity. The incredibly light transept and choir still have their original magnificent stained glass windows, dating from around 1270 and restored in 1992. The statuary is also admirable, in particular the famous Vierge aux Raisins (in the chapel on the south aisle), whose finesse and reverence are typical of the 16th century Troyes school. In 1935, the remains of Urbain IV were transferred to the church, which was given the title of basilica in 1964.

St Pantaleon Church

Supposedly built on the site of a synagogue, it is a true museum of 16th century Troyes statuary, since statues saved during the Revolution were hidden here

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