A charming city on the Oise, Compiègne has a long, rich history. One of the city's oldest and most famous landmarks is the magnificent St Corneille Abbey, founded in 877 by Charles the Bald. The extravagant château here was generally favoured by the French monarchy and as such, it led to Compiègne achieving a level of fame in the Middle Ages.
Due to its perceived political importance, it was here in 1430 that Joan of Arc was captured, whilst trying to rally forces against the English during the Hundred Years' War. In an echo of this military significance, the Armistice marking the end of the First World War was signed in a railway carriage near the city. During the Second World War, the same location was used for the Armistice acknowledging the Nazi occupation of France for symbolic effect. For a city that played a notable role in both World Wars, it escaped both conflicts with relatively little damage, and today Compiègne is a delightful city with much to recommend it.