Musée des Temps Barbares

Laon
Nord Picardy
Attractions and places of interest
Museums

Explore this unique archaeological park and discover what life was like in Frankish and Merovingian times! Reconstructions of a Frankish village, an archaeological garden and a Merovingian necropolis will show you how people lived and worked in France in the early Middle Ages.

There is a show area where batle reenactments and other events are acted out, and inside the museum you will find a sarcophagus that was excavated from this site as well as jewellery, tools and ceramics that have also been discovered. Approved by a scientific committee and built on land where a necropolis once stood, this park is a fun way to learn about this era of France's past.

Nearby attractions

The current cathedral of Laon is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture. Constructed in the mid-12th century from limestone and with large rose windows, it is a wonderfully light and peaceful space that underwent...

A spectacular Gothic structure, Reims cathedral is where the kings of France were crowned for centuries. Heavily damaged during WW1, a photo of the ruined cathedral was one of the most important images of French anti-German...

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Begun in 1499, the beautiful, late Gothic Basilica of Our Lady of Hope has some wonderful stained glass windows created by 20th century painter and sculpter, René Durbach, who was a good friend of Picasso.

Places to visit nearby

Laon in Nord Picardy is the home of the famous Laon cathedral and is close to the WW1 battlefields of the Chemin des Dames.

Reims in Champagne Ardenne is renowned as the city of the coronations where the French kings were crowned in the impressive Reims Cathedral.

Charleville-Mézières in Champagne Ardenne is the world capital of puppetry set amongst medieval ramparts and beautiful Art Deco architecture.