Prefecture of Aube (10)
Population: 62,200 (Troyens), 173,000 inhabitants for the 81 communes of the Troyes Champagne Métropole agglomeration community
Specialities: champagne (2nd largest production department), Riceys rosé, andouillette, sauerkraut, cheeses (Chaource, Champ sur Barse and Mussy),
Personalities: Édouard Herriot (statesman of the 3rd Republic), Jean Tirole (Nobel Prize in economics), Jean and Marcel Bidot, the Simon brothers: Pascal, Régis, Jérôme and François Simon (cycling), Dr Gérard Dine (anti-doping specialist), Jean-Marie Bigard and Raphaël Mezrahi (comedians), Cendrine Dominguez (TV presenter), Pascal Caffet (world champion pastry chef, chocolatier, ice cream maker)
Sport: Espérance sportive Troyes Aube Champagne (football, Ligue 2), Sainte Maure-Troyes (handball), UV Aube-Club Champagne Charlott', Union Vélo Club de l'Aube Troyes and ASPTT (cycling), BMX Roller Skate of Troyes. Events: Paris-Troyes and Tour des Portes du Pays d'Othe (cycling), half marathon, Randonnée Roller des Lacs, Triathlon des Lacs, Nuit du Sport, Fête du sport Troyes omnisport triathlon
Economy: internationally renowned textile industry, metal industry, European capital of brand centres and factory outlets (over 4 million visitors per year). Universities
Heritage : Saint-Pierre & Saint-Paul cathedral (13th century), Saint-Urbain basilica (13th century), 10 listed churches, 14 private mansions, town hall (17th century), Vauluisant museum (houses the historical museum of Troyes and Champagne and the hosiery museum), Maison de l'outil et de la pensée ouvrière, museum of modern art, apothecary of the Hôtel-Dieu-le-Comte, museum of Art, Archaeology and Natural Sciences, the Heart of Troyes (sculpture), quays of the Haute-Seine canal, Bouchon de Champagne (137 hectare protected area), Stained-glass holy city.
Festivals: Foire de Mars, Nuits de Champagne (music), Ville en musiques, Salon régional du livre pour la jeunesse (regional youth book fair), Clés de Troyes (welcome festival for newcomer students)
Sustainable development: 102 kilometres of soft paths in the agglomeration, bicycle hall, Agenda 21, Territorial Energy and Climate Plan, regional nature park of the Orient forest (80,000 hectares), 300 charging stations for electric vehicles
Labels: City of Art and History, old collection (15th century) of the Clairvaux Abbey library kept at the Greater Troyes media library and listed in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register, Active and Sporting City, Child Friendly City, 4 flowers
Websites / FB / Twitter: www.tourisme-troyes.com / www.letouratroyes.fr / www.troyes-champagne-metropole.fr /www.facebook.com/Troyes / @VilledeTROYES
TROYES AND CYCLING
Troyes is a cycling town, often on the route of the Tour, the last finish in 2017 b success for Marcel Kittel. Paris-Troyes is one of the finest amateur classics now open to continental teams. Marcel Bidot was from Troyes, a regular of the UV Aube cycling club and Jacques Anquetil's sporting director when he won his first Tour in 1957. And so were the Simon brothers (Pascal and François, both Yellow Jersey holders, Régis and Jérôme, both stage winners in the Tour), members of the UVCA, the other local club. Only a stage of the Tour Femmes was missing.
Pascal Caffet's sweets
A pastry chef and chocolatier, he has won the titles of Best Pastry Worker in France (in 1989) and World Pastry, Chocolate and Ice Cream Champion (in 1995). World famous, he has opened shops in Italy and Japan, he has two shops in Troyes: at the Marché des Halles, and at 2, Rue de la Monnaie.
The Heart of Troyes
At the intersection of Rue Passerat and Rue Hennequin stands a heart that beats to the rhythm of the city after dark. Troyes the romantic is revealed... Today, the city has become a symbol of romance and is one of the 10 most romantic cities according to The Good Life magazine.
Museum of Modern Art
Construction: 16th and 17th centuries for the bishop's palaces.
Opening: 1982 for the museum.
Listing: building listed as a historical monument in 1909.
Features: housed in the former bishop's palace (16th and 17th centuries), the Museum of Modern Art houses a collection illustrating some of the great moments in French art from the mid-19th century to the 1970s.
History: the museum was created in 1982 following the donation to the city of Troyes, in 1976, by Pierre and Denise Lévy, Trojan textile industrialists. Inaugurated in 1982 by President François Mitterrand, the museum is located in the former episcopal palace of Troyes, dating from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Special features: the museum has been closed since 2019 for renovation and part of its collections are on display at the Saint-Loup Museum.
Construction: 9th to 19th century for the abbey of Saint-Loup.
Listing: listed as a historical monument in 1963.
Features: the major stylistic movements that marked pictorial art from the 14th to the 19th century are represented. Among the masterpieces conserved are Rubens' Man with a Lute, Watteau's The Enchanter and The Adventuress, Bernardo Belloto's Ruins of Dresden, and Jean-Baptiste Greuze's Arnaud's Spirit of Baculard, nicknamed Girl with a Cat. But the museum also has the third largest collection of 19th century French sculpture after Orsay and Angers. The museum also has an important archaeological collection resulting from revolutionary confiscations.
History: in 1792, the department wished to found a museum and asked the Convention for permission to use the former abbey of Notre-Dame-Aux-Nonnains. In 1829, the Academic Society of Aube renewed the project, which had not been successful, and the town granted the buildings of the Saint-Loup Abbey, which led to the opening of a first room in 1831. To enlarge the museum, the Simart pavilion was built in 1860, the Buissonnet pavilion in 1891 to enlarge the library, then the Audiffred pavilion in 1892. Major renovation in 2016.
Maison de l’Outil et de la pensée ouvrière
Museum located in Troyes in a Renaissance-style mansion called the Hôtel de Mauroy. The MOPO houses a collection of 18th and 19th century tools. In 65 showcases, 11,000 tools known as "hand tools" are on display for the visitor to discover a hundred or so trades in wood, iron, leather and stone.
Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral
Construction: from 1208.
Listing: listed as a historical monument in 1862.
History: unlike the Chartres cathedral, which was built in a relatively short period of time, the construction of the Gothic cathedral of Troyes was particularly long and eventful. The work, which began around the year 1200, was not completed until the 17th century and was subject to several interruptions, destructions and changes in the programme. However, the successive architects who directed the construction work sought to respect an overall plan that had probably been established at the beginning of the 13th century. Thus, at least at first sight, the building appears harmonious.
Characteristics: a true marvel of Gothic architecture, it has one of the largest areas of stained-glass windows in France, with windows from the 13th, 15th and 16th centuries. It also houses the organ of the Clairvaux Abbey, a remarkable collection of shrines, relics, Limousin enamels and gold and silverware.
This very narrow alley owes its name to the fact that a cat can pass from one side of the street to the other, passing through the roofs. It takes you back to the old Trojan streets, paved and lined with timber-framed houses.
Andouillette of Troyes
The andouillette of Troyes is the heir to a tradition of pork butchery that can be traced back to Gallo-Roman times. Very early on, the locals became masters in the art of preparing pork. A poet wrote that the city was famous "for its hures". It is also famous for its beef tongues and its flavoured mutton tongues. Inherited from the traditions of the pork butchers of Troyes, the real andouillette of Troyes is an artisanal product, prepared exclusively from chowders (large intestines) and pork stomachs, specially selected and cut into strips lengthwise. It is seasoned with fresh onions, salt and pepper, and is dressed by hand in its natural coat. It is then slowly cooked for five hours in a flavourful court-bouillon.
King Louis XIV and Emperor Napoleon, among other crowned heads, enjoyed them. There was a time when the culinary speciality of the Aube was a gift that honoured the giver as well as the receiver. It was the dish of choice for any self-respecting banquet. No good table without a good andouillette. The first official mention of andouillette in Troyes dates from 1590.