Place Ducale, Charleville’s Architectural Treasure
In the 17th Century, Prince Charles de Gonzague, parent of Henry IV, built Charleville.
An “ideal” city that was made as a new place for commercial trade.
Place Ducale, inspired by the Place des Vosges in Paris, welcomed the European trade that passed along the river daily.
Mézières, its ramparts and the Notre Dame d'Espérance Basilica
The history of France is inscribed in each of the stones of Mézières, a tenth century city and a hub of northern European commerce throughout the Middle Ages.
Its ramparts were proudly defended by the knight Bayard against the armies of Charles V in 1521.