The nourishing grounds of the Vermandois area offer a patchwork of huge coloured squares changing through the seasons. The wheat fields go from green to golden. Those vast stretches reveal the sky from one horizon to another. This feeling of fullness is sometimes shaked up by the sight of astonishing glowing skies. Woods and groves intersperse the plains, from where deers, rabbits and pheasants could suddenly appear.
The turmoils of history deeply marked the landscapes. These plains offer also a resting place, imbued with peacefulness and serenity, to the soldiers who gave their life during the Great War.
British, american german and french cemeteries as well as memorials honour their memory.
A reconstruction carried by the breath of roaring twenties
The architects rise to the challenge of reconstruction with boldness and elegance. 70% of the city was destroyed and Saint-Quentin is considered to be the birthplace of Art Deco. This new trend is part of a harmonious eclecticism, reflected by these two culminating masterpieces of Gothic, the Town Hall and the Basilica. Villages reinvent themselves on innovative principles. They experienced the combination of town hall and school, churches take on art deco aspects, choosing bricks and concrete.
A sweet life
To enjoy it, people can start with a stroll on the Town Hall Square.
Soothed by the melody of the carillon and surrounded by these witnesses of an old history, that is the promise of a both relaxing and inspiring moment.
A nature reserve in the heart of the city and the nearby countryside explain that the expression « a city in the countryside » is not a cliché.
Guides, hosts, restaurant owners, shopkeepers, all the local players like to live and share their Saint-Quentin area. They know how to guide, surprise, treat to a meal, entertain,….
Humble, dynamic, even inventive, just like the territory, their kindness is sincere and spontaneous.