The capital of the Oise Department, Beauvais is a likeable city that took quite a bit of war damage but still has its share of medieval buildings to grab your attention.
The cathedral is one of a kind, with the highest choir in the world but no nave as it was never completed.
You’ll also uncover a rare medieval hospital and solemn pieces of the city’s Roman walls.
The name Beauvais was a byword for tapestries in the 17th and 18th century, and these are still hanging at stately homes across France.
Get acquainted with this legacy at the tapestry museum just around the corner from the cathedral.
Lets explore the best things to do in Beauvais:
1. Beauvais Cathedral
In the 1400s and 1500s Beauvais Cathedral had dimensions that almost defy belief.
The tower rose to 153 metres, making it the tallest building in the world.
But the designs proved too ambitious and the tower collapsed in 1573. The nave was also never built, and so all that is left is the choir, transept and apse, with flying buttresses that need to be trussed to ensure the building’s integrity . But that’s not to take anything away from them, as the choir remains the tallest in the world, at 48 metres, and is a masterwork of gothic art illuminated by ethereal stained glass windows.