Tourism and History: The city of Troyes

Its past can also be discovered through its know-how, its craftsmen, its picturesque streets as well as its numerous museums such as:

Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeology: Near the cathedral, the former Saint-Loup abbey, founded at the dawn of the Middle Ages and rebuilt, houses the Troyes Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeology. The revolutionary confiscations constitute the origin and the core of the museum's collections.

Museum of Natural History (Musée Saint-Loup): The origin of the Troyes Museum dates back to the end of the 18th century. Constituted by professors from the central school of the Aube department, its first collections were intended for teaching purposes. Its challenge today is to bring these collections to life and to link them to the present world while respecting their history. The museum's role is to preserve, study and enrich the collections, but also to disseminate them, to make them accessible to all, both to researchers and specialists and to the widest possible public, in order to continue this effort to transmit and develop scientific knowledge.

Museum of 16th century Champagne art (Hôtel de Vauluisant): The origin of the collections of the Museum of 16th Century Champagne Art is the same as that of the Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeology. The importance of the collections made it necessary to divide them between two buildings. Thus, in 1949, the Hôtel de Vauluisant housed the collections devoted to 16th century art, with remarkable paintings and sculptures that provide a vision of the extraordinary flowering of religious art in Troyes and Champagne at that time.

Musée de l'outil et de la pensée ouvrière: This house houses a collection of tools from the 17th and 18th centuries that are exceptional in their richness and diversity. Created under the impetus of Father Paul Feller (1913-1979), the Maison de l'Outil has become the largest museum of hand tools in the world, for the quality, quantity and exhaustiveness of the tools presented, but also for the unique, timeless scenography, which transforms it into the "Louvre of the worker".

Musée de la Bonneterie (Hôtel de Vauluisant): The museum evokes the most emblematic activity of Troyes. We talk about an ancestral know-how that is the creation of textile. Discover the evolution starting with wooden looms and going towards the perfected machines of the "Golden Age" of the 19th and 20th centuries. You will also see knitwear: stockings, socks, jerseys and knickers combining technique and aesthetics.
The 19th century was the golden age of hosiery in Troyes. Thanks to the industrial revolution, Troyes became the capital of hosiery and knitwear. Factories developed and chimneys marked the landscape of the city.

The City of Stained Glass: In the summer of 2022, the City of Stained Glass will be unveiled in Troyes in the heart of the Aube en Champagne, the European capital of stained glass. This is a large-scale scientific, cultural, educational and tourist project - a place of discovery, emotion and experimentation all at once. Located in the grounds of the Hôtel-Dieu-le-Comte, a remarkable 18th century building founded by Henry I the Liberal, Count of Champagne, the Cité du Vitrail will offer nearly 3,000 m² of permanent and temporary exhibitions, educational workshops, a demanding cultural and artistic programme for all and event spaces.

Otherwise, Troyes is also the historical capital of the Champagne region, like Reims, as evidenced by the shape of its city centre resembling a cork.

But that's not all, Troyes is also a shopper's paradise thanks to its knitwear industry with its famous rue Emile-Zola, as well as its two branded shopping centres: Marques Avenue in Saint-Julien-les-Villas and McArthur Glen in Pont-Sainte-Marie, which offer great deals. It is now called the European metropolis of factory outlets and brand centres.

And did you know that the famous Crocodile Lacoste and Petit Bateau were born in Troyes?

As far as gastronomy is concerned, the city will awaken your taste buds thanks to its famous andouillette de Troyes recommended by the A.A.A.A.: "Association Amicale des Amateurs d'Andouillette Authentique" accompanied by local products such as the chaource A.O.C and/or a good glass of Champagne.

Clearly, Troyes has a mixture of passions and rich heritage that can be adapted to all profiles and appeal to all.

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