Visit Saint-Quentin (Picardy, France)
Saint-Quentin is located in the north-west of the Aisne department of Picardy, and to the north-west of Laon.
There is an interesting mix of architectural styles in the town to attract your attention, predominantly gothic and art-deco, enabling Saint-Quentin to be officially listed as a 'town of art and history'.
Your visit to Saint-Quentin will centre around the large open square in the town centre, which is close to all the attractions of the town.
The central square is overlooked by the impressive gothic style town hall, dating from the early 16th century and with hundreds of statues decorating the impressive facade. The large statue in the square commemorates the towns success in 1557 at withstanding an assault by the forces under Spanish King Philippe II.
The other important gothic monument in Saint-Quentin is the 15th century cathedral, notable especially for its interior and the art treasures it contains and the labyrinth.
There are also several buildings dating from the 19th century, built in the neo-classical style, such as the Jean Vilar theatre and the Fervaques Palace.
Because the town suffered substantial damage during the First World War (approximately 3/4 of the town was destroyed) a great deal of rebuilding was necessary when the war ended, and many buildings were built using the then-fashionable art deco style.
As a result it now has a very substantial art-deco influence that you will see on many of the buildings. Ask at Saint-Quentin tourist information for a leaflet indicating some of the highlights, such as the Music School, the Salle de Conseil, and the main Post Office (Rue de Lyon).
Take a stroll also in the extensive 'Champs Elysees', an extensive and nicely maintained garden and park area.
There are several museums in Saint-Quentin, covering a wide range of interests such as the Family House of Matisse, the Museum of Resistance and Deportation in Picardy, the Birthplace of Nicolas de Condorcet, the 18th century French philosopher, and the Museum Antoine-Luceyer, the highly regarded 19th century portrait painter.
Photos taken within 10 km
Tourist classifications for Saint-Quentin
Saint-Quentin is classified as a listed town of Art and History
Address: Saint-Quentin, Aisne, Picardy, 2100 || GPS: latitude 49.848611, longitude 3.286389
Map of Saint-Quentin & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Saint-Quentin, France
- Gauchy - ville fleurie 4* (3km)
- Guyencourt-Saulcourt - ville fleurie 4* (22km)
- Eglise de Notre Dame de Vaucelles (Les Rues-des-Vignes) - religious monument (26km)
- Jardins du château - remarkable garden (28km)
- Vivaise - ville fleurie 4* (32km)
- Cambrai - town of art and history (35km)
- Noyon - town of art and history (36km)
- Beffroi de Cambrai (Belfries of Belgium and France) - heritage site (36km)
- Chateau Coucy - national monument (36km)
- Laon - secteur sauvegarde (41km)
Market days in Saint-Quentin: Regular market(s) are held in Saint-Quentin each Wednesday & Sunday & Friday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Saint-Quentin (Francais)