Guided or audio-guided tours, sightjogging, theme tours, geocaching, tourist hikes, night discoveries, walks in the heart of the city: discover the major tourist and architectural aspects of the ancient city of the Tricasses.
1 - Saint Pantaléon Church
Parish of the Troyes’ Polish community. 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. Certain are by Dominique le Florentin, a Troyes artist and decorator for Francois 1st.
Vauluisant Museum :
Two museums in this former private mansion, originally the guest quarters of the certercian monks of the MONKS of the abbey of Vauluisants.
- Museum of 16th art in champagne : Painting, sculpture and staining glass windows of the famous Troyes school that blossomed in the 16 c. s
- Hosiery museum : fine collection of knitted articles (ancient stockings, bonnet, vests etc)Some hundred or so machines recall the history of an activity that made the wealth and reputation of Troyes and its region.
2 - Tool And Worker’s Thinking Centre
Private mansion built in 1560 by Jean de Mauroy, transformed into an orphanage.
It was here that the hosiery industry was born in 1746.
Created under the impetus of Father Paul Feller (1913-1979), the Tool Centre has become one of the largest museums for manual tools in the world, not only for the quality, quantity and exhaustiveness of the tools presented, but also for the unique, timeless presentation that transforms it into the “Manual Worker’s Louvre”.
3 - Place du Marché au Pain
The foires de Champagne, between the 12th and 13th centuries, were mainly held around the Saint-Jean au Marché church and in the adjacent streets and squares, each specializing in one or more types of trade, such as second-hand clothes, pepper,poultry, material, salt, etc.
On this square the money-changers operated. They were often jews or lombardys (from northern Italy), many of whom had been living in Troyes for generations.
With the decline in the fairs in the 14th century, the square was increasingly taken over by horticulturists and it was then called the place du Marché-aux-Herbes, then, in the 17th century by bakers, hence its current name .
4 - The Lili au chapeau
Nicknamed the Lili au chapeau, this sculpture was created by a Hungarian artist, Andras Lapiz, whose favourite theme seems to be the ladies in hats.
A similar statue is located at the foot of the Hungarian Institute in Paris.
Our Trojan Lili is installed on a bench and flips through a book on the Counts of Champagne.
It is made of bronze and measures 1.25m.
It has become an obligatory stopover for photographers passing through Troyes.
5 - Saint Pierre Saint Paul Cathedral
Built over a 400-year period and measuring 114 meters in length, 50 meters in width and 28.50 meters in height under the vaults, the cathedral is a fine example of Gothic architecture. The cathedral houses an interesting treasure with, in particular, the saint Bernard de Clairvaux Shrine.
6 - The heart of Troyes
This sculpture, by local artists Michèle and Thierry Kayo-Hoüel, which has quickly become the city’s new emblem, sits on the renovated quays long the old canal.
This disused waterway marks the boundary between the city centre’s “head” and “body”.
7 - Saint Urbain Basilica
Saint-Urbain, consecrated as a basilica in 1964, is a pure jewel of Gothic art.
Founded by Jacques Pantaléon, who was born in Troyes in 1185 and elected Pope in 1261 under the name of Urbain IV, it was erected on the site of his father’s cobbler’s shop.
8 - Town Hall
In the Louis XIII style (1624-1672). Above the entrance porch the statue of “minerve casquée” replaced that of Louis XIV, smashed in 1793, and is accompanied by the revolutionary motto in its original form “freedom equality, fraternity, or death”.
In the council Room, medallion in marble of Louis XIV by François Girardon (1690).
9 - Tourelle de l’Orfèvre
This house with a tower, known as the Silversmith’s House, is a typical example of Troyes architecture It was built between 1578 and 1618 for François Roize, a silversmith and Nicole boulanger’s husband. The tower is borne by three caryatids in the shape of animals and houses the staircase.
10 - Cat Alley
Formerly called « Maillard street » (15th c.), inhabitants took the habit of calling it « ruelle des Chats » (« Cat Alley ») because the houses are joined by the roofs thus enabling cats to pass from one attic to another.
11 - Sainte Madeleine church
Sainte-Madeleine is perhaps the oldest church of Troyes (12th c.) and certainly one of the most beautiful. It is above all famous for its stone jubé, true chiselled lace, sculpted by Jean Guailde (early 16th c.) who, according to the legend, is buried beneath it.
Not to be missed: statue of Sainte-Marthe, a typical example of Troyes 16thc. art, said to have been produced by the “Master of Sad Faces” Workshop. Stained glass windows of the 16thc Champagne School
12 - The Rashi House of Troyes
The Rashi House of Troyes invites you to an incredible trip in time via a stroll through the 2000 square meters of our restored buildings. The recreated oratory and bet hamidrash (study hall) will plunge you into the medieval Troyes of Rashi! You will discover too the splendid glass roof which completely covers the sanctuary. You will also visit the exhibition galleries which recount the adventure of this reconstruction, and highlight Rashi by an innovative scenographic approach to his work and his history!