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Soissons

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Churches · Specialty Museums
Soissons is a commune in the Aisne department in Hauts-de-France in northern France, located on the Aisne River, about 100km northeast of Paris. It is one of the most ancient towns of France, and is probably the ancient capital of the Suessiones. Soissons is also the see of an ancient Roman Catholic diocese, whose establishment dates from about 300.HistorySoissons enters written history under its Celtic name (as later borrowed in Latin), Noviodunum, meaning "new hillfort". At Roman contact, it was a town of the Suessiones, mentioned by Julius Caesar (B. G. ii. 12). Caesar (B.C. 57), after leaving the Axona (modern Aisne), entered the territory of the Suessiones, and making one day's long march, reached Noviodunum, which was surrounded by a high wall and a broad ditch. The place surrendered to Caesar.From 457 to 486, under Aegidius and his son Syagrius, Noviodunum was the capital of the "Kingdom of Soissons", until it fell to the Frankish king Clovis I in the Battle of Soissons.
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Religious Site
Abbaye Saint-Jean-des-Vignes
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Cathedrale Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Art Museum
L'Arsenal
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Specialty Museum
Musee St Leger
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Soissons

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Castle
Chateau de Pierrefonds Pierrefonds
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Duration: 2 hours
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Architectural Building
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon Laon
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Park
ValJoly Eppe-Sauvage
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Theme Park
La Mer de sable Ermenonville
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Duration: 8 hours

Hidden gems in Soissons

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Monument
Butte de Chalmont
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Landmark
Abbaye St Leger
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Eglise Saint-Pierre
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Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Soissons

Castle
Chateau des Fosses
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Historic Site
Crypte de l'Abbaye Saint-Medard
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Soissons

Gift & Specialty Shop
Marche place Fernand Marquigny
3.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

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