At the crossroads between Paris and Brussels, Reims and Amiens, Saint-Quentin enjoys an ideal geographical situation. This land of art and history takes its name from the young Roman missionary Quintinus, a martyr at the end of the 3rd century, whose relics were the object of an important pilgrimage until 1914. In 1557, Saint-Quentin was terribly marked by the Spanish siege by the troops of King Philip II of Spain. This battle left six thousand dead and as many prisoners, and ended, despite the valour of the inhabitants, with the capture of the town fifteen days later. Like Trafalgar or Waterloo in England, the victory of Saint-Quentin is widely celebrated by the Spaniards, who have given their name to many streets, villages and Iberian dependencies. As a sign of peace and friendship between peoples, the town of Saint-Quentin is twinned with San Lorenzo de El Escorial, which houses the famous palace of the Spanish kings. In 1870, the population heroically repelled the German army, but was then 80% devastated by the bombing of the First World War. With a population of sixty thousand, Saint-Quentin is today a lively town where it is pleasant to stroll. Take a look at the elegant Place de l'Hôtel de Ville where Flemish and Art Deco facades blend together. Take advantage of the Rue d'Isle which offers a beautiful perspective on the Place du 8 octobre and the majestic bridge which links the city to the suburbs. In summer, the square becomes a beach: pools, water games, entertainment and several tons of sand cover it!

In winter, it is the turn of the Christmas Village to create the event during one month. On Whitsun weekend, the Jester's Festivities take over the city and set up shop on the Champs-Elysées. They sow their carnivalesque seeds of madness in the streets for two days full of colour and conviviality. The capital of Haute-Picardie also stands out for its natural heritage with the national reserve of the Isle marshes, in the heart of the city. Enjoy nature tours, on foot or by electric boat!

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