Photographer's Note

Chalons is bordered to the west by the Marne River which flows into the Seine at the height of Charenton-le-Pont. FormerlY carrying to Paris, to refuel, wood grain, wine and sheep, carrying men too. Throughout the Middle Ages, the inhabitants of nearby villages worked to raise a stone wall enclosing the one hundred and six hectares of the city. This limit separated two worlds that day only came into contact for mutual survival. Around the walled city, the Champagne territory offered the view to the observer its large flat surfaces, white chalk from its soil, its gentle undulations, its low cashed rivers. Its slopes were still in the eighteenth century covered feet vigne.
Carrefour trade; stage of distant trade; Relay royal and of manorial powers advanced country near the German enemy, high place in every age had against her house a garrison; city ​​small ''drapante''industry; Capital of a large agricultural area: Chalons-en-Champagne held until the nineteenth century and still holds today many of these functions. The birth of Chalons was, as it should, illustrated by countless myths and pretty pictures. One of the authors sought to explain the first settlement near the arm of the Marne, wrote that "Chalons would like Lutèce out of the mud."
This average is marnaise City and Prefecture region, where it is the center position. Champagne stewards of the seat under the old regime, it became the prefecture by the will of the revolutionary erase the historical importance of Reims city of coronations.
Political and religious capital, dominated by the bishop-count and the canons of the chapter St. Stephen, populated by clerics and increasingly many officers and as the sixteenth century progressed, Chalons was also an economic capital with drapery and tannery. Since modern times, she took the face that she has kept to this day; of cloth-making town, it became town practitioner, administrative, in a region where the economy remained deeply linked to agricultural activity.

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