Parfondeval, Aisne: tourism & sightseeing
Visit Parfondeval (Picardy, France)
Parfondeval is a village in the east of the Aisne department (Picardy), north of Reims in north-east France, and in the historical Thierache region.
In a very attractive setting of gentle rolling countryside, the village of Parfondeval is classified as one of the 'most beautiful villages of France' and is the only village with the award in the Aisne department.
France This Way comment; Parfondeval is in quite a remote location, far from most tourist routes and a little lost in the countryside, but if you are in the region a visit is recommended. A visit does not take long so we wouldn't perhaps travel a very long way to get here.
The very small village centres around its fortified church, which is surrounded by attractive houses, also in the same red-brick and slate roofs, and is a lovely place that is a joy to discover.
The 16th century Church of Saint Menard (the clocktower was added later, in the 18th century) is the main highlight, and is unusual in being a fortified church: the church has defensive towers either side of the stone entrance, thick walls, and was originally also surrounded by a moat.
The church was built during the reigns of Louis XIII and Louis XIV when highwaymen and bandits were a common threat to the security of a small village, which explains why inside the church there is a large hall where the population of Parfondeval could seek refuge when necessary by passing through a doorway from the adjacent house.
Inside the church there are some attractive stained glass windows, and also a staircase that climbs the belltower, where you can see the bells as well as pretty views across the village.
Elsewhere in Parfondeval you can see a small temple, a mill and a small traditional washhouse. There is also a small museum in Parfondeval dedicated to agricultural tools from previous centuries.
Photo of Parfondeval is copyright.
There are numerous other fortified churches here in the Thiérache region of Aisne to discover if you are staying a few days here, as well as trails to help you explore the countryside.
Map of Parfondeval and places nearby
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Tourist classifications for Parfondeval
Parfondeval is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)
Address: Parfondeval, Rozoy-sur-Serre, Laon, Picardy, 2360, France || GPS: latitude 49.741667, longitude 4.160556
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Jardin de Bosmont-sur-Serre: remarkable garden (22 km)
- Ebouleau: ville fleurie 4* (22 km)
- Réserve naturelle du marais de Vesles-et-Caumont: site of natural beauty (28 km)
- Launois-sur-Vence: village d'etape (29 km)
- Rocroi: village d'etape (33 km)
The French version of this page is at Parfondeval (Francais)