Nestled in Troyes, the Troyes Cathedral impresses you with its magnificent Gothic architectural design. The history of this cathedral can be traced back to the 4th Century and has seen a lot of destruction since then. Initially, this spot had an oratory in 4th Century which was rebuilt as a cathedral in the 9th Century. This cathedral was majorly destroyed during the attacks by Normans and again a Romanesque church was built here. This church was damaged by fire only to be rebuilt as the present Gothic cathedral. The church has been renovated many times since then and has stood the test of time. The interiors of Troyes Cathedral are adorned with stunning art and artifacts collected from over centuries and attracts many history, art and culture enthusiasts for visitation. This Roman Catholic place of worship has been listed as a national monument and is a popular tourist spot in Troyes.
The Maison de l'Outil, the House of Tools, is a museum and library dedicated to the historic and contemporary creation and utilization of tools. Partnerships with the CAMAC art center, crystal craftsmen, a museum of sickles and scythes, and the Hawley Collection of edge-tools and cutlery encourage the exploration of tools and the growing technology behind their creation and mastery. Housed in the beautiful Renaissance-style Hotel de Mauroy, the collection (over 10,000 tools on display) and the building is worth checking out.
With a great downtown location, Le Cube is the core cultural venue in the city of Troyes which opened in the 1960's, was renovated in the 1980's and finally expanded in 2008 when it became a multi purpose space that could adapt itself to the event envisioned. Trade shows, conventions, product launches, dramas, concerts and event sporting events are part of the repertoire at Le Cube.
Built in the 18th century, Église Ste-Madeleine is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the city. Peppered it with intricate carvings, brilliant stone working and intriguing architecture, this structure showcases the splendid craftsmanship of the era. Inside, the church is a sight of pure serenity and bliss. Stained glass windows, depict various chapters of the Bible, while some of the walls don famous paintings which date as far back as the 14th century.
Théâtre de La Madeleine is a historic, beautiful theater located in the town of Troyes. The site of the building dates back to 1777. It was built in the Italian style, and has gorgeous red seats and an impressive painted ceiling. Théâtre de La Madeleine presents classic and modern theater productions, as well as some dance shows. Ticket prices are reasonable, so look on the website for an upcoming schedule!
Apothicairerie de l'hotel Dieu le Conte depicts the evolution of medicine and the science of health. Step back in time with its collection of ancient medicine and medicinal procedures practiced through the years. This rather eerie museum showcases some of the most bizarre treatments and routines, that were common in the bygone eras. With a number of syringes, medicine bowls, actual medicine and a number of other apparatus' this museum offers a fascinating yet somewhat scary glimpse into the practice of medicine in the past.
The Middle Ages won't seem so far away, once you step into the Ruelle des Chats. Roughly translating into the 'alley of cats', this remains one of the most preserved pieces of Medieval times, resembling a portal of sorts with its narrow, tightly pressed space. The Ruelle des Chats lies, understandably, in an alley off the main street, so it is easy to see why most people miss it. From under the wooded bolsters, the alley also reveals a glimpse of the bell tower of the ancient Church of Madeleine.
La Maison du Boulanger a former bakery serves today as Cultural Center. Host to events such as plays, concerts, contemporary art exhibitions and lectures, it especially promotes local actors and artists.