Pontoise is an ancient medieval city, popular with many film shoots. And for a good reason: its heritage is abundant!
Take the time to get lost in Pontoise alleys , to pass through the doors of its shops, restaurants, bars… and buildings that bear witness to history:
- Saint-Maclou Cathedral, classified as a Historic Monument, stands in the heart of the city.
- The underground passages date back to the Middle Ages and bear witness to their exploitation since that time.
- The Camille Pissarro Museum exhibits paintings by the artist but also by his colleagues, from pre-impressionism to post-impressionism: Daubigny, Signac, Cézanne, Caillebotte, etc.
- The Tavet-Delacour Museum presents the historical collections within the walls of a 15th century mansion house. Today, it is particularly rich in works of modern and contemporary art.
- The educational farm does everything for the well-being of its 140 animals, raising awareness of nature protection among young and old alike.
- The Moulin de la Couleuvre garden opens its doors by appointment and advises on the garden ecological management.
- The Carré Patrimoine explains to the curious the different architectural evolutions of this city since its foundation, which probably dates back to before the Roman era.
- The Garden of the Five Senses has been designed to present its plants to the visually impaired.
- Built in 1605, the Carmel Monastery is the oldest one still in operation. Its gardens and chapel are open to visitors.
For more information, consult the Cergy-Pontoise Tourist Office.