Focus on Saint-Quentin Heritage
Saint-Quentin, a city of both Art and History, will surprise you with its joyfully eclectic architectural heritage in which Gothic Art and Art Déco rub shoulders with Neo-Classical and lots more!
The architecture of the Saint-Quentin area is in fact a kind of open book that tells you its whole history. In Saint-Quentin, you can find evidence of the mediæval period through Gothic Art, of the period between the World Wars through Art Déco, and in between you’ll spot many examples of Neo-Classical, Neo-Gothic, and many other styles.
You can tour two jewels of Gothic Art: the Basilica, built between the late 12th and 15th centuries, and the Hôtel de Ville with its Flamboyant Gothic façade. You can spot Art Déco here, there and everywhere, on façades throughout the city. Ironwork, stained glass windows, sculptures—tour the City Centre with your noses in the air! You will also notice the Neo-Classical façades of the Jean Vilar Theatre and the Antoine Lécuyer Museum, not to mention the impressive 19th-century Fervaques Palace.
For the artistic aspect of the city, the Antoine Lécuyer Fine Arts Museum exhibits the largest collection in the world of pastels by Maurice-Quentin de la Tour.Why not wander round the neighbouring villages and communes, through the shadows of their reconstructed churches? You’ll be charmed by the warmth of their brickwork.
The churches of the Saint-Quentin area, with their concrete bell-towers, all strive to outdo each other for imagination, with their openwork geometrical sculptures, or their statues, such as in Vermand and Roupy. Look out for the combined Mairie and School buildings, also typical of the Reconstruction period, and also for the resolutely modern architectural pieces, such as the Mairie in Gauchy, by the architects Landowski and Dubosc