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Established in 20 BC on the banks of the river Aisne, Augusta Suessionum is famous for having been the Merovingian capital. In a land of white stone and limestone the Soissons region is characterised by the Ailette valley further North and the forest of Retz in the South.

The town centre was badly hit during the First World War and was rebuilt throughout the 1920s; the reconstructed city now has a definite Art Deco style. At just an hour away from Paris, don't miss the town's religious buildings, typical of Picardie Gothic architecture and its numerous parks, real havens of ...Read more