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AttractionsTroyes France

Once know for its medieval fair, Troyes today retains much of its architecture from that period. During my visit to Troyes I found a number of streets and buildings much as they must have been in the Middle Ages. These include the Ruelle des chats - Cat Alley. Where local legend has it, cats jump from rooftop to rooftop because the ally is so narrow.

The medieval fair in Troyes was part of the Foires de Champagne (Champagne Fairs) that were first held in the 12th century. Foires de Champagne were in fact held in other locations, Lagny and Bar-sur-Aube once a year, Provins and Troyes twice a year.

The fairs in Troyes were called the ‘Hot Fair’ in August and the ‘Cold Fair’ in December. Life in a Medieval City by Joseph and Frances Gies is about Troyes in the 12th century with a focus on the Foires de Champagne held there.

Troyes as is the case with many French cities has quite a few churches. The two I saw and took photos of are the Troyes Cathedral and St Urbain. Construction of the Troyes Cathedral started in 1208 and in fact was never finished as the second South St. Paul tower was never built. The Cathedral is at the location of the Council of Troyes that took place in January of 1128. The Council was held at the Romanesque cathedral which was ruined by a fire in 1188.

The church St Urbain is considered to be one of the best examples of Gothic construction in the Champagne region. It was built from 1262 to 1286 by Pope Urban IV, originally from Troyes. I was not able to go inside of St Urbain when I visited.

When I was in Troyes I stayed at the Hotel Mercure Centre. The hotel is well located and is easy to find and close to the center of town.

Troyes France Photos

Related Links:
St Urbain, Troyes
Troyes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Troyes Cathedral - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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