City of Arthur Rimbaud
The capital of the French Ardennes and the Southern gateway to the Ardennes, Charleville-Mézières has been a hub for commerce between France and Northern Europe since the Middle Ages. The city was founded in 1606 by the Italian Carlo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua and Nevers, and is laid out in the Italian Baroque style. It is a city of the arts and culture that hosts the World Puppet Theatre Festival every two years, and is also home to one of the few marionette schools in the world. The next Festival will be from 18 to 27 September 2015, but the city boasts many other riches too! At the “Maison des Ailleurs” and the “Voyelles” media centre, visitors can find out about the life and work of the poet Arthur Rimbaud, born in Charleville in 1854.
Not to be missed
Enjoy finding out about local history in the superb Ardennes Museum, and marvel at the new 1,000m² stained-glass window by René Dürrbach, a pupil of Picasso, in the Basilica Church of Our Lady of Hope.
Charleville hosts arts events throughout the year that attract fans from all over Europe. It also enjoys all the benefits of a nature city. It is an ideal venue, as much for relaxation and leisure as for conferences and business meetings.
Did you know?
The Place Ducale, with its chequerboard layout and symmetrical features, was designed by Clément Métezeau, the brother of Louis Métezeau who designed the Place des Vosges in Paris. The square’s twenty-four pavilions are built of ochre stone from Dom-le-Mesnil, and are roofed in blue slate, the soft hues of the Ardennes earth.
Office de Tourisme de Charleville-Mézières et sa Région
Place Ducale, 4
F-08102 Charleville-Mézières Cedex
Tél. : + 33 (0)3 24 55 69 90
Web : www.charleville-mezieres.com
To see or to do around Charleville-Mézières : www.ardennes.com