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Regions - Northern France - Picardie


    Regions - Northern France - Picardie

    Regions — Northern France – Picardie

    Region at a glance

    Major City: Amiens

    Short trip from Paris, Six gothic cathedrals
    World War I memorials, Castles

    Picardy, where Clovis made Soissons the first capital of the Franks in 486, is the first region and the historical beginning of France. The harmonious region is still predominantly rural with an unobtrusive art of living that has developed over the centuries.

    Calm woods, great forests, green pastures and quiet ponds blend with the peaceful, simple lifestyle of its people. 

    It is the birthplace of Gothic architecture with six cathedrals, the largest of which is located in Amiens. The town of Chantilly is credited with the invention of whipped cream. Senlis offers a true taste of an unspoiled French village. 

    Prehistoric sites, Gallo-roman remains, abbeys, churches, castles and WWI battle sites bear vivid witness to this region's rich history. 

    Places of interest

    Abbeville      Church of Saint-Vulfran, Bagatelle Chateau, Somme Bay natural reserve.
    Amiens      Birthplace of Robespierre, town hall, grand square of narrow houses with underground passages
    Aisne      Surrounded by 60 fortified churches
    Chantilly      Horse capital of the world
    Chateau Thierry      Medieval castle, WWI American cemetery
    Laon      12th century cathedral, WWI trenches, Vauclair Abbey
    Saint Quentin      11th to 18th century basilica, 16th century town hall
    Soissons      Cathedral of Saint Jean des Vignes, National Museum of the Franco-American Cooperation in the Blérancourt Chateau
    Senlis      Gothic cathedral

    Technical tourism and sports

    Pottery and laces, horticulture
    Horseback riding, hiking, cycling, self-drive boating and golf.


    Fresh fish and seafood is popular in this region. A favorite local dish is Carbonnade Flamande, beef and onions cooked in beer. Also popular is chicory flavored coffee.

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