9 August 2020
LAON, an exceptional historical heritage
A prefecture town in the heart of the Aisne, Laon has a population of 27,000 and its urban area 43,000 inhabitants.
Former capital of the kingdom of the Franks, its territory was the theatre of the great invasions and contemporary battles.
Surrounded by ramparts, in the heart of the medieval city, Notre Dame de Laon Cathedral is the gothic jewel of the 80 listed monuments.
A city of art and history, with a rich and diversified heritage, Laon is appreciated every year by more than 200,000 international visitors but also daily by the people of Laon, who enjoy an exceptional living environment on a human scale.
Rich in its history, the city is a key administrative centre, an innovative territory in development, oriented towards the future.
The Medieval City, perched on a hill, is home to one of the largest protected areas in France.
Eight kilometres of ramparts encircle Notre-Dame Cathedral and give the city its name of crowned mountain visible for miles around.
Laon invites you to take a walk and discover several centuries of history. A city in the heart of nature