Troyes > Bar-sur-Aube
07/27/2022 - Stage 4 - 127 km - Hilly
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Departments : Ardennes, Aube, Marne, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Vosges
Population: 5.55 million
Area: 57,441 km2
Specialities: champagne, sauerkraut, Alsace wines, Nancy blood sausage, Rethel white sausage, flammekueche, kouglof, Ardennes ham, baba au rhum, mirabelle plum, quiche lorraine, madeleine of Commercy
Sports clubs: RC Strasbourg, Stade de Reims, FC Metz, AS Nancy-Lorraine, ESTAC Troyes, FC Mulhouse (football), SIG Strasbourg, SLUC Nancy Basket (basketball), Etoile Noire de Strasbourg, Scorpions de Mulhouse (ice hockey),
Competitions: Moselle Open, Strasbourg International Tennis Championships (tennis), Reims International Jumping, Boucles de la Marne, Stanislas Meeting, Colmar Marathon, Paris-Colmar (athletics)
Economy: automotive (PSA Mulhouse and Trémery, Renault in Batilly, Bugatti, Smart), steel (Arcelor Mittal in Florange), luxury goods (Lalique), aerospace (Clemessy in Mulhouse), railways, banks (Crédit Mutuel), agriculture, beer, winegrowing (Champagne, Alsatian wines) Tourism.
Festivals: Christmas markets in Strasbourg and Colmar, Saint-Nicolas festival in Nancy, Livre sur la place (books on the square bookfair) in Nancy, Colmar book fair, Saint-Louis book forum, RenaissanceS festival in Bar-le-Duc, medieval festival in Sedan, International geography festival in Saint-Dié-les-Vosges, Gérardmer Fantastic Film Festival.
Tourist sites: Stanislas Square in Nancy, Grande île in Strasbourg, Reims Cathedral, Basilica of Saint-Rémi and Archbishop's Palace of Tau in Reims, Basilica of ND de l'Epine, Citadels of Longwy and Neuf-Brisach, Champagne hillsides, Claude and Duval factory in Saint-Dié-les-Vosges, Unterlinden Museum in Colmar, Pompidou Centre in Metz, Ecole de Nancy, Christmas markets.
Prefecture : Troyes
Sub-prefectures : Bar-sur-Aube and Nogent-sur-Seine
Surface area: 6,000 km².
Specialities: Champagne, Rosé des Riceys, Andouillette of Troyes, Chaource cheese, Prunelle of Troyes, Cider of Pays d'Othe, Sauerkraut, Cacibel...
Main sports club: ESTAC (football). Events: Triathlon des lacs, Paris-Troyes (cycling), sailing competitions on Lake Orient
Cultural events: Camille Claudel museum in Nogent-sur-Seine; Renoir family home in Essoyes; Troyes Museum of Modern Art; Nuits de Champagne festival in Troyes (October), Othe Festival in Aix-en-Othe (July)
Wine tourism events: 75 years of Rosé des Riceys in 2022, Route du Champagne en Fête), Saint-Vincent, Tumulte dans les Bulles, Marche des réconciliations, Vendangeur d'un Jour, Champagne Day...
Main sights: Orient Forest Regional Nature Park; Champagne vineyards; Troyes, historic capital of Champagne and European capital of branded centres; Essoyes, the Renoir village; Cistercian Abbey of Clairvaux; Nigloland amusement park (Dolancourt).
Economy: 2 companies in Romilly-sur-Seine historically linked to cycling: Le Coq Sportif and Cycleurope. Food industry (world competitiveness cluster in agro-resources), textiles (Petit Bateau, Devanlay-Lacoste), metallurgy, packaging, logistics and transport (A5 and A26 motorways; river port of Nogent-sur-Seine), Technopole de l'Aube in Troyes/Rosières (Troyes University of Technology, EPF and ESTP engineering schools, LDR medical, etc.).
Websites and social networks: www.aube.fr / @AubeChampagne / www.facebook.com/aube.champagne / www.instagram.com/aubechampagne
VERRIÈRES (Pop: 1,860)
Saint-Pierre de Verrières Church
Construction: 19th century.
Listing: listed as a historical monument in 1937.
History: the church of Saint-Pierre and Saint Paul de Verrières has two bells, tuned to the A, cast in 1803 and weighing 450 kg, and to the ground, cast in 1815 and weighing 350 kg. The tower was built in 1863 with the "powerful help of His Majesty Napoleon III" who offered a donation of 4,000 francs at the time. The sanctuary of the chapel is lit by five ogival windows, four of which are illustrated by stained-glass scenes from the life of Jesus. The tympanum of the porch and the stained-glass windows are listed as historical monuments.
The current château, listed as a Historical Monument in 1995, replaced an older château in 1840 in a neo-classical style. The park, a grassy driveway, is surrounded by two hedges of century-old trees.
Chapel of Saint-Aventin
Construction: 12th to 16th century.
Listing: listed as a Historical Monument in 1926.
History: the chapel is located in the hamlet of Verrières. It is dedicated to a hermit who lived there in the 6th century. First mentioned in 1152 in the cartulary of the chapter of the cathedral of Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul of Troyes, the chapel was remodelled in the 16th century. One of the 16th century stained-glass windows is dated 1557. The bell tower was damaged by lightning on 5 August 1720. The chapel was modified again in the 19th century
CLÉREY (Pop: 1,100)
Clérey, which is worth a visit for its listed Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church, is the village of former pro rider Hubert Linard, who took part in six Tours de France and won Paris-Camembert and Bordeaux-Paris in 1984
FRESNOY-LE-CHÂTEAU (Pop: 290)
Château du Plessis has been listed as a Historical Monument since 2001.
LUSIGNY-SUR-BARSE (Pop: 2,200)
The most famous monument in Lusigny is its railway station on the line from Paris-Est to Mulhouse-Ville, as it was reproduced in thousands of copies on an HO scale by the Jouef electric toy train company.
It is also the birthplace of mathematician and astronomer Charles-Eugène Delaunay (1816-1872). He was appointed director of the Paris Observatory in 1870. His name was engraved on the Eiffel Tower by Gustave Eiffel, among 72 scientists in recognition of their contributions. He also gave his name to an asteroid.
GÉRAUDOT (Pop: 340)
On the territory of the municipality is Lake Orient, the third largest artificial lake in mainland France after the Der-Chantecoq Lake and the Lake Serre-Ponçon. It is one of the four large Seine lakes, which were designed to protect Paris from flooding.
Domaine de l'Hermitage
On this estate is an 18-hole golf course.
VENDEUVRE-SUR-BARSE (Pop: 2,315)
Vendeuvre was famous for the tractors that were manufactured there from 1837 to 1964. Its church, Saint-Pierre, has been listed since 1909.
Castle of Vendeuvre-sur-Barse
Construction: 12th century.
Style: medieval castle.
Listing: listed as a historical monument in 1981.
History: built on the sources of the Barse, it dates back to at least the 12th century. From 1450 to 1550 it belonged to the Amboise family. After 1550, the Luxembourgs bought it from the estate of Charles I of Amboise and kept it until the 17th century. In 1638, the fief was sold to Jean de Mesgrigny, Governor of Champagne, who transformed it. It then passed to the Marquis de Boutillier and then to Gabriel Pavée de Vendeuvre, a king's advisor. The latter redeveloped the park and made numerous transformations that gave the château its current appearance. In 1903, the estate passed to Paul de Sarty. In 1940, German troops occupied and looted the château. In 1980, René de Sarty donated the castle and part of the park to the municipality of Vendeuvre-sur-Barse and the Aube department.
Current use: the castle is currently unused. In 1986, Vindovera was created, a sound and light show retracing the history of Vendeuvre-sur-Barse and its castle.
BAR-SUR-SEINE (Pop: 2,970)
The gateway to the Côte des Bars en Champagne with its tourist route to the labelled wine cellars, the town of Jeanne de Navarre and the Goncourt brothers, former sub-prefecture of the Aube (until 1926), is also distinguished by its old Renaissance timber-framed houses. The ruins of its 11th century castle, destroyed in the 16th century, are listed as a Historical Monument.
St. Etienne's Church
Construction: 1505 to 1616.
Style: Flamboyant Gothic.
History: built between 1505 and 1616, it is one of the largest in the department and combines elements of Renaissance and classical architecture with flamboyant Gothic.
To be seen: remarkable stained-glass windows from the 16th and 19th centuries, statues which have been the subject of an exhibition on the "Beautiful 16th century", 16th century alabaster bas-reliefs and a classical French organ from the 18th century.
Cobbled sector of Chelles-sur-Ource
NEUVILLE-SUR-SEINE (Pop: 415)
An imposing statue of Notre-Dame of the vines dominates the village from its 23 meters height. It represents the Virgin holding a bunch of grapes in her right hand and imploring heaven for the protection of the vines in this Champagne producing region. It was made in 1864, on a commission from the winegrowers' union. At the four corners of the base, four medallions surrounded by bunches of grapes and vine leaves recall the date of creation and the origin of the donors. From the site, there is a magnificent view over the entire Seine valley. An orientation table and a landscaped area allow visitors to fully enjoy the site.
Cobbled sector of Chemin des Hautes Forêts.
ESSOYES (Pop: 720)
In the village cemetery lie painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, his wife Aline Charigot, and their sons, film director Jean Renoir, actor Pierre Renoir and ceramist Claude Renoir. Renoir, whose wife Aline Charigot was born in the village, owned a house and a studio there. Many of his works depict the village where his wife Aline and his governess and model Gabrielle Renard, who looked after little Jean, the future director of La Grande Illusion (The Grand Illusion) and La Bête humaine (The Human beast), came from.
The former Château d'Essoyes, acquired and converted in the 19th century by the Hériot brothers, owners of the Grands Magasins du Louvre, has become a school and a library.
Cobbled section on the Blu plateau road.
The Blu plateau is one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the region. Its picnic area, located above Essoyes, has a few tables and benches, a cadole (brick hut) and an orientation table. The view over a panorama harmoniously combining vineyards and forest is superb. On a clear day, you can even see the Lorraine Cross rising in Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, a few dozen kilometres away as the crow flies.
Cobbled sector on chemin de Vitry.
BLIGNY (Pop: 120)
Overlooking the village, château de Bligny is an 18th century building established by the Marquis de Dampierre on the ruins of a former feudal castle. Home to two champagne houses, the château was briefly owned by Jean-Marie Le Pen, who inherited it from far-right millionaire Hubert Lambert when he died of cirrhosis in 1976. It now belongs to the Rappeneau family, who have restored and rehabilitated it.