|• Mayor (2020–2026)||Sébastien Eugène (PRG)|
|16.55 km2 (6.39 sq mi)|
|• Density||910/km2 (2,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||59–222 m (194–728 ft) |
(avg. 63 m or 207 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
The origin of the name of the town is unknown. The local tradition attributes it to Theuderic IV, the penultimate Merovingian king, who was imprisoned by Charles Martel, without a reliable source. Château-Thierry is the birthplace of Jean de La Fontaine and was the location of the First Battle of the Marne and Second Battle of the Marne. The region of Château-Thierry (the arrondissement, to be exact) is called the country of Omois. Château-Thierry is one of 64 French towns to have received the Legion of Honour.
During the 8th century, Charles Martel kept king Theuderic IV prisoner in the castle of Otmus. At this time, the town took the name of Castrum Theodorici, later transformed in Château-Thierry (Castle of Thierry, Thierry is the French or early Roman language translation of Theuderic).
Château-Thierry was the site of two important battles. The Battle of Château-Thierry (1814) in the Napoleonic Wars between France and Prussia, and Battle of Château-Thierry (1918) in World War I, between the United States and Germany.
Château-Thierry is the terminus station of a regional railway line starting from the Gare de l'Est in Paris. It is also one of the exits of the A4 motorway that links Paris with the east part of France. Transval operates the local bus routes.
Château-Thierry was the birthplace of Jean de La Fontaine.
- Jean-Baptiste Dumangin (1745–1826), French physician who performed the autopsy of Louis XVII.
- Louis Jean-Baptiste Leseur (1774–1818), army general of the French First Republic and the First French Empire.
- Léon Hess, creator of the "Le Castel" gâteau du voyageur, who won a gold medal at the 1912 Exposition Culinaire Internationale in Paris.
- Gauthier II de Château-Thierry.
- Samuel ben Salomon, 13th-century rabbi (one of the proponents of the Talmud during the Disputation of Paris).
- Antoine Menant (1762-1829), army general of the French First Republic and the First French Empire, born in Lyon and died in Château-Thierry.
- Charles Martigue (1777-1825), cavalry colonel of the armies of the French First Republic and the First French Empire.
- Charles Ferton père.
- Edmond de Tillancourt.
- Charles Schneider (1881-1953), glassworker.
- Achille Jacopin (1874-1958), sculptor.
- Pierre Bensusan.
- Rumer Godden's novel The Greengage Summer (1958) is set in Château-Thierry.
- François Aman-Jean, physician, surgeon, playwright.
- Yves Bot, magistrate.
- Charles-Armand de Rougé.
- Guillaume-Benoît Houdet.
- Joseph Bologne de Saint-George, better known under the name "chevalier de Saint-George".
- Manu Dibango, musician.
- Jean Macé, pedagogue.
- Maurice Holleaux (1861–1932), 19th– to 20th-century French historian, archaeologist and epigrapher.
- Sylvain Lévignac, actor and stuntman, died in Château-Thierry.
- Nadia Tagrine (1917-2003), pianist.
- Auguste Jordan (1909-1990), Austrian professional footballer who played on the French national team.
- Jules Guiart (1870-1965), parasitologist and medical historian, was born in the city.
- Ba Jin, a Chinese writer and intellectual, stayed here in 1927 and 1928.
- Teddy Roosevelt's son Quentin was shot down in July 1918 while flying a French SPAD plane during World War I.
- Castle walls
- Saint-Crépin church (15th century)
- Balhan tower
- Marne River
- World War I Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial (south of the village of Belleau)
- Chateau-Thierry American Monument (overlooking the town)
- Champagne vineyards
- Several churches
Château-Thierry is twinned with:
- Pößneck, Germany (1989)
- Aliartos, Greece
- Unterlüß, Germany
- Cisnădie, Romania
- Kinyami, Rwanda
- Mosbach, Germany (1974)
- Grybów, Poland}
- Ambohitrolomahitsy, Madagascar
Since 2009, a significant rapprochement has also been performed with the City of Indianapolis, Indiana, United States.
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Media related to Château-Thierry at Wikimedia Commons
- Encyclopædia Britannica. 5 (11th ed.). 1911. .
- Official site (in French)
- American Battlefield Monument Commission
- Local Bus Route
- Photo of city during WWI