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During the 10th century, this town was governed by the Counts of Champagne and was given away in Viscount’s dowry presented by the daughter of Thibaut V to Philip the Fair.

Jean de Dormans, Cardinal of Beauvais, started a college here with free education, before founding the college of Dormans-Beauvais in Paris in 1370, the predecessor of the prestigious Louis le Grand grammar school.

During the Battle for Dormans in 1573, Henri de Guise suffered an injury to his face, which earned him the nickname “le Balafré" (the man with the scar).

During the reign of Louis XIII, the town walls were removed and the castle was almost entirely rebuilt.

The town suffered severe damage between the two battles for the Marne in 1914 and 1918, and once again in 1940.

Dormans is the place of birth of the 18th-century French architect Nicolas Ledoux.

While in Dormans, visit the Park of the Castle once belonging to Louis XIII.

This 25 hectare park is also the home of the impressive monument to the Battles of the Marne : “La Chapelle de la Marne”.

From there you can enjoy a unique panoramic view !

Don’t forget to go see the Castle Mill with its 8 meter – diameter water wheel and a display of traditional tools from the Champagne region.


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