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Architectural Buildings · Historic Sites · History Museums

Popular things to do in Laon

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon ©
Architectural Building
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Porte d'Ardon ©
Historic Site
Porte d'Ardon
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Ensemble abbatial Saint-Martin ©
Church
Ensemble abbatial Saint-Martin
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Cavavin ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Cavavin
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Laon is the capital city of the Aisne department in Hauts-de-France, northern France. its population was of 25,317.HistoryEarly historyThe holy district of Laon, which rises a hundred metres above the otherwise flat Picardy plain, has always held strategic importance. In the time of Julius Caesar there was a Gallic village named Bibrax where the Remis (inhabitants of the country round Reims) had to meet the onset of the confederated Belgae. Whatever may have been the precise locality of that battlefield, Laon was fortified by the Romans, and successively checked the invasions of the Franks, Burgundians, Vandals, Alans and Huns. At that time it was known as Alaudanum or Lugdunum Clavatum.Archbishop Remigius of Reims, who baptised Clovis, was born in the Laonnais, and it was he who, at the end of the fifth century, instituted the bishopric of Laon. Thenceforward Laon was one of the principal towns of the kingdom of the Franks, and the possession of it was often disputed. Charles the Bald had enriched its church with the gift of very numerous domains. In about 847 the Irish philosopher John Scotus Eriugena appeared at the court of Charles the Bald, and was appointed head of the palace school. Eriugena spent the rest of his days in France, probably at Paris and Laon. Plan how to spend your time in Laon and other destinations in France using our France planning website.

Side trips from Laon

ValJoly ©
Park
ValJoly Eppe-Sauvage
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Thiepval Memorial ©
Monument
Thiepval Memorial Authuille
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Parc d'Isle ©
Park
Parc d'Isle Saint-Quentin City
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Historial de la Grande Guerre ©
History Museum
Historial de la Grande Guerre Peronne
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Laon

Porte de Soissons
Historic Site
Porte de Soissons
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
Citadelle de Laon ©
Architectural Building
Citadelle de Laon
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Chapelle des Templiers ©
Architectural Building
Chapelle des Templiers
3.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Musee d'Art et d'Archeologie ©
History Museum
Musee d'Art et d'Archeologie
3.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Laon

Les Merlettes ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Les Merlettes
3.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Laon

Musee Automobile ©
Specialty Museum
Musee Automobile
2.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Laon

Ancienne Abbaye Saint-Vincent a Laon
Religious Site
Ancienne Abbaye Saint-Vincent a Laon
1.0
Duration: 30 minutes

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