Noyon and the First World War

© Musée de Noyon

"Red Line" Distance 10 km


 "The Germans are in Noyon" declared Clemenceau in August 1915, and this famous phrase still resonates at the start of the First World War Centenary. Today, the walls of the 12th-century Gothic cathedral still bear traces of the 1918 shellings. Noyon, its town hall, theatre and streets were occupied by the German army starting in 1914. Liberated in March 1917, the town then suffered from intense shellings by both sides, with 80% destroyed by August 1918.


 During the Great War centenary and as part of the Musée Territoire 14-18, explore Noyon by journeying back to the World War I period... Via a 2.5-km tour, from the town centre to the necropolises, discover Noyon equipped with a tablet rented at the tourist office. With firsthand accounts by residents and soldiers, and archival images and videos, this application allows you to discover numerous aspects of life in Noyon during the German occupation.


To complete your visit, discover the Noyonnais Museum, illustrating the history of Noyon, from antiquity to the present day: archaeological objects, paintings, sculptures, engravings and rare furnishings from the cathedral. A portion of the collection is dedicated to the World War I period, while temporary WWI exhibitions are planned during the centenary.





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Applications :

Téléchargez gratuitement l'application "Noyon et la Grande Guerre " sur votre smartphone ou tablette:


Noyon et la Grande Guerre
Histoires 14-18 « La Ligne Rouge » , application disponible sur Android et IOS

Applications available for smartphones or on rental tablets (€4 per rental).

Office de Tourisme de Noyon en Sources et Vallées
Place Bertrand Labarre
60400 NOYON
Tel : Tél: 03 44 44 21 88


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