France Regions

The Picardy Region of France


In 486 A.D. France was born in the Picardy region when King Clovis made Soissons the first capital of the Franks. Later on Hugues Capet was crowned here in Noyon in 987 A.D. The Capetians ruled France until the revolution ended their reign in 1792.

The capital of the Picardy region is the historic city of Amiens. The city has been honored by UNESCO for its rich architectural heritage. The region is full of Gothic cathedrals and buildings including the majestic Chateau de Chantilly. A visit to Chantilly castle is an easy and popular day trip from Paris.

The region begins about 30 km’s north of Paris and is replete with lakes, rivers, dunes, cliffs and beaches to the west.

Visit the official tourist website for the city of Amiens.

Picardy Map

A map of the Picardy region of France.

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