Haute-Marne's capital, Chaumont (pop 25,900)  is perched on the edge of a plateau separating the Marne and Suize valleys. Chaumont has always had historic significance in the region, as it was a thriving commercial centre during the Middle Ages. This made Chaumont the seat of the Counts of Bassigny and later, that of the Counts of Champagne. Hence, the town is well endowed with a rich architectural history. A good stretch of cobblestoned alleyways and medieval residences can be sighted along rue Bouchardon and rue de la Tour-Chartron. This is also where the 13th century, turreted (and unfortunately named) Tour d’Arse stands.

Chaumont is also home to a 600m long viaduct that was built in the mid-19th century by Eugen Decomble. This viaduct was used as a means of transport to access the town during its commercial heydays. The riches from this prosperous period of the town can be sighted in the form of paintings and artefacts in the Musée de la Crèche [Place du Palais, +33 325030199 ad/ch €1.50/Free], which sheathes the town’s 18th century collections.







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CHAUMONT1. Hôtel de Ville  2. Train station  3. rue de la Tour-Chartron  4. Viaduct