Valenciennes is a commune in Northern France, part of the
administrative department, Nord. It’s a growing city, with a low unemployment
rate, and a rising population, home to historic monuments. It lies on the river
Scheldt, and is roughly two hours from the main capitals of Northern Europe.
The commune was first mentioned in 693, and, throughout the
9th century was taken over by the Normans. In the immediate years that followed
it was occupied by Ottonian Emperors and began to develop as a city. By the
13th century, Valenciennes was brimming with activity and home to numerous
corporations. Fast forward to the 20th century, and the attention had shifted to
its steel and textile industries. These days, Valenciennes, is better known for
its automobile production, which has helped restore the city’s economy.
Much of Valenciennes was destroyed during World War I.
However, many heritage sites remain. These include the Basilica of Our Lady of
Saint-Cordon, the Town Hall of Valenciennes and the Eglise Saint-Gery. It has
its great museum like the Museum of Fine Arts in Valenciennes, or the Distillerie Persyn, as well as lovely parks such as
Etang du Vignoble and Park Rhonelle. If shopping is your thing, head to Centre
Place d'Armes for all the latest gift items.
trains are the popular modes of transport in Valenciennes. The
Valenciennes tramway covers more than 20 stations, and is continuing to undergo
expansion. For train services, head to Gare de Valenciennes railway station,
which links to Paris and Lille. The closest airport to Valenciennes is Lille
Airport, at roughly 34 miles away. The second closest airport is Brussels South
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