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Troyes
Country: France
Region: Champagne-Ardenne
Blason of the City
More Information:
CS Group Wikipedia

Wikivoyage

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Troyes is a city in France, the préfecture (capital) of the northeastern Aube département in France, one of the main cities in the Region Champagne-Ardenne and is located on the Seine river. It is around 150 km south-east of Paris. Troyes is home to the Lacoste company production headquarters, one of the most popular brands of shoes in the Western World. The city center of Troyes is arranged in the shape of a champagne cork.

Nowadays there are about 60 Couchsurfers who live in Troyes and around. This page show you some very needful tips for your journey in Troyes.



HISTORY OF TROYES

Troyes has been in existence since the Roman era, as Augustobona Tricassium, which stood at the hub of numerous highways, primarily the Via Agrippa which led north to Reims and south to Langres and eventually to Milan, other Roman routes from Troyes led to Poitiers, Autun and Orléans. It was the civitas of the Tricasses, who had been separated by Augustus from the Senones. Of the Gallo-Roman city of the early Empire, some scattered remains have been found, but no public monuments, other than traces of an aqueduct. By the Late Empire the settlement was reduced in extent, and referred to as Tricassium or Tricassae, the origin of French Troyes ("three").

The city was the seat of a bishop from the fourth century — the legend of its bishop Lupus of Troyes, who saved the city from Attila by offering himself as hostage is hagiographic rather than historical though it was several centuries before it gained importance as a medieval centre of commerce.

In the early cathedral on the present site, Louis the Stammerer in 878 received at Troyes the imperial crown from the hands of Pope John VIII. At the end of the ninth century, following depredations to the city by Normans, the Count of Champagne chose Troyes as their capital; it remained the capital of the Province of Champagne until the French Revolution. The Abbey of Saint-Loup developed a renowned library and scriptorium. During the Middle Ages, it was an important trading town, and gave its name to troy weight. The Champagne fairs and the revival of long-distance trade and new extension of coinage and credit were the real engines that drove the medieval economy of Troyes.

In 1285, when Philip the Fair united Champagne to the Crown lands of France, the town kept a number of its traditional privileges. John the Fearles, Duke of Burgundy and ally of the English, aimed in 1417 at making Troyes the capital of France, and he came to an understanding with Isabeau of of Bavaria, wife of Charles VI of France, that a court, council, and parlement with comptroller's offices should be established at Troyes. It was at Troyes, then in the hands of the Burgundians, that on 21 May, 1420, the Treaty of Troyes was signed by which Henry V of England was betrothed to Catherine, daughter of Charles VI, and by terms of which he was to succeed Charles, to the detriment of the Dauphin. The high watermark of Plantagenet hegemony in France was reversed when the Dauphin, afterwards Charles VII of France, and Joan of Arc recovered the town of Troyes in 1429.

The great fire of 1524 destroyed much of the medieval city, in spite of the city's numerous canals.

More informations about the History of Troyes on the wikipedia:Troyes !

WHAT TO VISIT ?

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St Urbain's Church
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The Apothicairerie (chemist's) Museum
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The main shopping street, rue Emile Zola
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St Madeleine's Church
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Tools Museum (biggest private collection in Europe)
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Inside St Pantaleon's Church
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St Loup's Museum of natural history
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Typical half-timbered houses
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Modern Art Museum

More informations about the places to visit in Troyes on the wikivoyage:Troyes or check the Official website of the Office of Tourism.

TIPS

Free Internet/Wifi Access

Hre is a list of places in Troyes where the Internet/Wifi connexion is free:

  • Médiathèque de l'Agglomération Troyenne - Adress: 7 rue des Filles Dieu - Tel: 03 25 43 56 25
  • ESPACE JEUNES DE LA MISSION LOCALE DE TROYES - Adress: 5 rue du Pont Royal 10000 TROYES - Tel: 03.25.73.66.12

Nice & CHeap Places to Eat

Nightlife

COUCHSURFERS

There are about 70 Couchsurfers in Troyes and its area. You can check the CS Group of Troyes or simply a couchsearch to find and contact them.

Meetings

There are sometimes some meetings organised in Troyes, just check the CS Group of Troyes to see what happen in the city and/or the Regional CS Group of Champagne-Ardenne to see if there is any event in the area.

Coffee or a drink

Here is a list of persons who are ready to have a drink with you and/or show you the city:

Olivier, Marivière, Nicolas

TRANSPORTATIONS

How to get to Troyes

  • By Car:
  • By Carpooling:

You can find a driver or passenger to share the ride and cut on travel cost. In France carpooling is very popular and is called "covoiturage".
Try Envoiture.fr to get to Troyes.

  • By Train:
  • By Plane:

Bus

Bicycles

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

  • Police Station:

Commissariat de police nationale deTroyes - 4 boulevard 1er R A M 10000 TROYES - Tel : 03 25 43 51 00
Poste de police municipale - 28 rue Claude Huez 10000 TROYES - Tel : 03 25 42 34 21
Or simply call the 17 !

  • Health Urgency:

SAMU: Tel: 15 or 112 (European number)

  • Hospital:

Centre Hospitalier - 101 av Anatole France 10000 TROYES - Tel: 03 25 49 49 49

  • Fireman Station:

Pompiers: Tel: 18

  • Embassy:
  • Emergency Doctor:

SOS Médecin - Adress: 91 rue de la Paix 10000 TROYES - Tel: 0 820 08 83 54

LOCAL MEDIA MENTIONS

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L'Est Eclair, local newspaper, August 24th 2011

INTERESTED LINKS

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