La Ferte-Milon, Aisne: tourism & sightseeing

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La Ferté-Milon is a small town in the south-west Aisne department (Picardy), south-west of Soissons and north-west of Chateau-Thierry, on the Canal de l'Ourcq.

Exploring La Ferte-Milon

France Ths Way comment: there is not a great deal to see in La Ferte-Milon, but if you are passing you might like to pause for a stroll around the chateau ruins.

A quiet town, La Ferte-Milon is dominated by its castle. A stroll around the town itself will reveal some other points of interest such as the 12th-17th century Church of Notre Dame, the clocktower being of an unusual design including a small round tower in each corner.

Church of Notre-Dame in La Ferte-Milon

There is also an ironwork bridge by Gustave Eiffel across the canal to a park where you can stroll alongside the canal and a historic mill wheel.

You will find various references to Jean Racine in the town including a couple of statues and a small museum. Jean Racine was a very highly regarded 17th century dramatist who was born and spent the early part of his life here.

Another museum in La Ferté-Milon (and of more interest to a casual visitor) is dedicated to historic agricultural machinery and has a very large collection of tractors and farm tools: really very interesting!

La Ferté-Milon Castle

The building of the castle started in 1392 but was never completed because when the owner, Louis d'Orleans, was mudered in 1407 the building work came to an abrupt halt. The existing building except for the facade was then destroyed during the Wars of Religion.

We can only wonder what it might have been like if complete - Louis d'Orleans is said to have planned the grandest castle in the whole of France - but the facade of La Ferte-Milon castle manages to convey something of the large scale of the castle and to hint at what might have been. The statue above the doorway represents the Coronation of the Virgin. There are also two cannons in the grounds of the castle.

Facade of the chateau ruins in La Ferte-Milon

Attractions nearby

Pierrefonds castle, about 20 kilomtres north-west of La Ferte-Milon, is a very unusual castle being largely a 19th century reconstruction of an idealised fortified medieval castle.

You can also visit the town of Soissons quite close to here.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Aisne guide and the Picardy guide.

See also:

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Address: Ferté-Milon, Neuilly-Saint-Front, Château-Thierry, Picardy, 2460, France || GPS: latitude 49.178333, longitude 3.123889

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Foret de Retz: site of natural beauty (9 km)
  • Jardin du château de la Muette: remarkable garden (11 km)
  • Jardin du donjon de Vez: remarkable garden (13 km)
  • Eglise abbatiale de Notre Dame (Morienval): religious monument (20 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Sulpice (Bethancourt-en-Valois): religious monument (21 km)
  • Pierrefonds Chateau: national monument (21 km)
  • Eglise de Berzy-le-Sec (Berzy-le-sec): religious monument (22 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Gilocourt): religious monument (23 km)
  • Soissons: town of art and history (27 km)
  • Meaux: town of art and history (30 km)
  • Réserve naturelle du Coteau de Chartèves: site of natural beauty (30 km)
  • Forêt de Compiègne: site of natural beauty (30 km)

The French version of this page is at La Ferte-Milon (Francais)