Ever heard of the Petites Cités de Caractère ® of the Aube?


Ici, dans l’Aube, le patrimoine est dense, riche, fourni. Le territoire regorge de pépites touristiques, et l’esthétisme se mêle au pittoresque. À ce titre, saviez-vous que certains villages de l’Aube ont rejoint le réseau national des Petite Cité de Caractère ® de l’Aube?

Le concept des Petites Cités de Caractère ®  existe depuis 1975 et, à ce jour, regroupe près de 21 communes sur le Grand Est. Rejoindre ce réseau, c’est participer à la préservation, l’animation et la promotion du patrimoine remarquable de son village. C’est l’entretenir, le restaurer, le mettre en valeur, auprès à la fois des habitants, mais également des nombreux visiteurs. Dans l’Aube, 4 communes sont désormais labellisées Petites Cités de Caractère®.

Mettons fin à ce suspense insoutenable. Voici, pour vous, une présentation de ces 4 Petites Cités de Caractère ® de l’Aube !

Ervy-le-Châtel, Aube’s Petites Cités de Caractère ® of the Aube with a rich historical past

The charming village of Ervy-le-Châtel is situated on a plateau, above a green valley where the river Armance flows. Thanks to its historical past, the city has been able to pass through the ages while preserving the remains of its history. Its circular timber-framed hall from the 19thcentury, the mediaeval gate of Saint-Nicolas (sole remaining part of the fortified château) andthe Church of Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens (with its sumptuous stained-glass windows and statuary) bear witness to Ervy-le-Châtel’s past and have stood the test of time.

The village of Ervy-le-Châtel has now been awarded the “Petites Cités de Caractère®” (Small Towns with Character) label and has many more modern tourist attractions, such as theMaison du Vitrail d’Armance which celebrates the art of stained glass and stained glass canopies. Gastronomy is not left out, as you can taste, on the spot, some Chaourceand Ervy cheeses or the tasty ciders of the Pays d’Othe!

Market of Ervy le Châtel
Church Ervy-Le-Châtel- credit Sylvain Bordier
Ervy le Châtel
Mussy-Sur-Seine Petite Cité de Caractère
Mussy-Sur-Seine Petite Cité de Caractère
Museum of the Resistance of the Aube

Mussy-sur-Seine, Petites Cités de Caractère ® of Aube with a thousand faces

The word ‘picturesque’ might have been coined after exploring the more than atypical village ofMussy-sur-Seine. Situated at the gateway to Champagne and Burgundy, crossed by the Seine, this city has shaped itself over the course of the eras. First Gallo-Roman village, then mediaeval town, it is now a tourist town nestled in a green setting and proud of its historical past.

The town centre has a multitude of small cobbled streets leading to the famous and very imposing Collegiate Church of Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens, dating back to the 13th century. The remains of the 12th century ramparts surround Mussy-sur-Seine. Other witnesses to its past, such as the Glacière des évèques (the Bishops’ cooler, a majestic stone cylinder of 7 metres in diameter) and the salt cellar are still in excellent condition and can be visited.

The village of Mussy-sur-Seine has becomea Petit Cités de Caractère®and participates in the economic development of the region by promoting and animating its heritage, starting by offering visitors tastings of the famous Côte des Bar champagne!

In the Côte des Bar, discover also Bar-sur-Seine, a Petites Cités de Caractère ® in the Aube

Crossed by the famous river, the picturesque village of Bar-sur-Seine is known for the excellent conservation of its monuments : its Renaissance House, its St. Étienne Church, its Clock Tower (and its breathtaking panorama), the Commandery of Avalleur and its old chapel dating from the period of the Templars, and its cadoles lining the Croc-Ferrand promenade are all remmants of its history.

At the gateway to the vineyards of the flamboyant Côte des Bar, Bar-sur-Seine offers a number of tourist must-see attractions, such as the famous Champagne houses (Manoir Devaux or Domaine de la Borderie) producing this golden, sparkling drink that the whole of the Aube region loves!

Currently in the process of receiving thePetites Cités de Caractère® label, Bar-sur-Seine combines aestheticism (thanks in particular to its colourful half-timbered houses), charm and originality.

Bar-Sur-Seine Petite Cité de Caractère
Bar-Sur-Seine Petite Cité de Caractère

On the path of Auguste Renoir in Essoyes

At the heart of a natural landscape of forests, vineyards and fields lies the charming village of Essoyesin the Aube region. Crossed by the Ource river, this town is mainly known for having been one of the homes of the famous impressionist painter Auguste Renoir:his house and studio, which can be visited, are one of the village’s main attractions.

Numerous activities have been developed around the presence of Renoir in Essoyes: an art workshop, hiking trails and life-size treasure hunts are available to the public. Essoyes, Petites Cités de Caractère®,which is in the process of being approved, also offers visits to Champagne cellars and houses, because let’s not forget that we are in the Aube region, after all!

Ervy-le-Châtel, Mussy-sur-Seine, Bar-sur-Seine or Essoyes: which Petites Cités de Caractère®of the Aube are you planning to (re)discover?

Essoyes Petite Cité de Caractère
Essoyes Petite Cité de Caractère
The Renoir House


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