How to come
Rue Lazare Ponticelli - 77100 Meaux
Phone : 01 60 32 14 18
09.30 to 6.00, open throughout
Closed Tuesdays, 1 May, 25 December.
Annual closure from January 8 to January 19
Full price : €10
Reduced price : between €5 and €9 (On presentation of proof)
THE TERRITORY OF MEMORIES : PLACES AND MONUMENTS FROM THE FIRST WORLD WAR
In September 1914, the Pays de Meaux area entered the First World War with the Battle of the Marne.
The history of this war was formed by many places and monuments which still bear the traces of the fighting.
The Pays de Meaux Great War Museum takes you straight into the world of civilians and soldiers during the 1914-18 War. This place will also prepare you for exploring the various memorials and monuments to the dead that chart the period of the First World War in the Pays de Meaux area.
"Battle of the Marne 1914" Circuit
When you leave the Great War Museum in Meaux, continue your journey in the footsteps of the soldiers at the Battle of the Marne, discovering the places and men who made History.
A 40km tourist trail through the countryside with 10 sites to visit, evoking a decisive First World War battle, in a landscape that has hardly changed.
The region is dotted with numerous places evoking memories:
- The Charles Péguy Memorial and the Great Tomb at Villeroy
- St-Barthélémy's Church,
- Notre Dame de la Marne Monument at Barcy,
- The Bois du Télégraphe (Télégraphe Wood), Guy Hugot-Derville's monument and the Monument des Quatre Routes (Monument of the Four Roads) at Penchard
- The Civilian cemetery, the French military necropolis, and the German military cemetery at Chambry
- The American Monument on the heights of Meaux
The civil cemeteries, the German military cemeteries, and the French military necropolis.
The Great War claimed the lives of millions, many of whom died in this area. That is why you will come across many war memorials and cemeteries during your visit.
The two most famous cemeteries in the region remain undoubtedly the German military cemetery and the French national necropolis, both historical sites located in Chambry. In addition, as you explore the area, you will almost certainly come across many local monuments linked to the Great War such as the American Memorial and the Monument to the Dead.
Cultural sites rich in history
Many local churches are an integral part of the history of the Great War. For example, the church of St-Barthélemy in Chauconin-Neufmontiers was used as a small hospital during this period. You can read descriptions of the challenges of daily life during the war mounted on the walls of the church.
The Charles de Péguy Memorial in Villeroy is another important historical site. A writer and poet in the early 20th century, de Péguy was killed while attempting to rally French troops against the German invasion. Extracts from his writings are displayed on the memorial in his honour.
Meaux Tourist Information Office
Telephone No.: 01 64 33 02 26
Discovery game “Marne 14” for families visiting the area
Download the Marne 14 app and take on quest as a family which will lead you to the historical site of the First Battle of Marne
ADDRESS AND CONTACT
Rue Lazare Ponticelli,
Lat : 48.971432 Long : 2.904724
Telephone No. : 01 60 32 14 18
09.30 to 6.00, open throughout
Closed Tuesdays, 1 May, 25 December, January 1st
Annual closure from January 8 to January 19, 2018
Full price: €10
Reduced price: between €5 and €7 (On presentation of proof)