Cultural heritage

The Aisne and the Marne are also two departments of history and heritage. Museums, places of memory, Abbeys. For a weekend, a day or a few hours, discover historical or architectural treasures. An unforgettable journey in the heart of our cultural heritage.

Museums and castles

La Demeure des Princes – Condé en Brie

Situated just 5 km from the Clos de la Tuilerie, this castle hides in its park with tricentenary trees, wonders and surprises. Le Château de Condé is a private estate, classified as a historic monument and inhabited all year round. This castle evokes a part of the history of France through illustrious figures such as the Condé, Savoie, Jean de La Fontaine or Cardinal de Richelieu and Mazarin.

Château de Condé en Brie

Musée Jean de La Fontaine – Château-Thierry

Housed in a Renaissance house, Jean de La Fontaine’s birthplace is located in the old rue des Cordeliers, which was in the 17th century the beautiful district of the city. The rooms of the house are now the exhibition rooms of a museum devoted to the author and fabulist.

Château de Château-Thierry

Musée Jean Racine – La Ferté Milon

The museum Jean Racine is installed in the house of his paternal grandmother, who raised it. Here you can discover various documents and works of art.

Musée régional du machinisme agricole – La Ferté Milon

Discover a complete panorama of tools  since prehistory in order to understand the evolution of agriculture in the history of mankind.

Memory places

Oise-Aisne American Cemetery – Seringes et Nesles

The Oise-Aisne American Cemetery is the second largest of the First World War in Europe.

It contains 6012 gravestones aligned in long symmetrical rows in a verdant and landscaped setting.

Cimetière Américain Aisne-Oise

Nécropole – Neuilly St Front

This French necropolis of 10607m ², built in 1919, contains 2072 bodies including 239 ossuaries. There are also 18 graves of British soldiers, killed in 1914 and 1918.

Mémorial de la Côte 204 – Château-Thierry

The American Monument of Château-Thierry is an impressive stone monument representing the Franco-American friendship.

It was built in 1929 on the top of a hill which the Americans took control of on July 2, 1918 after a series of attacks and counter-attacks at 204 m above sea level, hence the monument’s nickname.

Nécropole Américaine du Bois de Belleau et Musée de la Mémoire

The Bois de Belleau is the site of a sad and celebrated battle between the forces of the German Empire and the Allied troops, a majority of which are American soldiers. It has become a unique place for the Marine Corps of the United States of America.

Monument Quentin Roosevelt – Coulonges-Cohan
Mémorial de la division Arc en Ciel – Fère en Tardenois

La Caverne du Dragon –

“A walk, then two, then three … The light disappears gradually as we approach … The freshness of the place is felt little by little, the darkness envelops you, silence is necessary : Here you are in the cave of the Dragon. “

Une entrée de la Caverne du Dragon en juillet 1917 Intérieur d'une creutte Soldats prenant leur repas à l'intérieur de la Caverne du Dragon en 1917 Cimetière situé à l'intérieur de la Caverne du Dragon en 1917 Plan de la Caverne du Dragon au 30 juin 1917 Vue de l'extérieur de la Caverne du Dragon vers 1925

During the First World War, and from the first months of 1915, German troops invested a stone quarry probably exploited from the 16th century on the Chemin des Dames in the department of Aisne. More than a makeshift shelter, the cave quickly turns into a strategic military stake.

One of the legends that may have inspired the Germans as the “Dragon Cavern” is the presence of weapons, the seven entries ready to spit fire like the dragon with seven heads.

The machine guns are posted. The enemy to be defeated: the French fighters … The Drachenhöhle has just been born, and the blood is already flowing.