Coordinates: 49°34′54″N 2°59′59″E / 49.5817°N 2.9997°E / 49.5817; 2.9997
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Noéyon (Picard)
Noyon Cathedral
Flag of Noyon
Coat of arms of Noyon
Location of Noyon
Noyon is located in France
Noyon is located in Hauts-de-France
Coordinates: 49°34′54″N 2°59′59″E / 49.5817°N 2.9997°E / 49.5817; 2.9997
IntercommunalityPays Noyonnais
 • Mayor (2021–2026) Sandrine Dauchelle[1]
18 km2 (7 sq mi)
 • Density720/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
60471 /60400
Elevation36–153 m (118–502 ft)
(avg. 52 m or 171 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Noyon (French pronunciation: [nwajɔ̃]; Picard: Noéyon; Latin: Noviomagus Veromanduorum, Noviomagus of the Veromandui, then Noviomum) is a commune in the Oise department, northern France.[3]


Noyon lies on the river Oise, about 95 kilometers (60 mi) northeast of Paris. The Oise Canal and the Canal du Nord pass through the commune. Noyon station is served by regional trains to Creil, Saint-Quentin, Compiègne and Paris.


The Gallo-Romans[citation needed] founded the town as Noviomagus (Celtic for "New Field" or "Market"). As several other cities shared the name, it was distinguished by specifying the people living in and around it. The town is mentioned in the Antonine Itinerary as being 27 Roman miles from Soissons and 34 Roman miles from Amiens, but d'Anville noted that the distance must be in error, Amiens being further and Soissons closer than indicated.[4]

By the Middle Ages, the town's Latin name had mutated to Noviomum. The town was strongly fortified; some sections of the Roman walls still remained in late antiquity. This may explain why, around the year 531, bishop Medardus moved his seat from Vermand in the Vermandois to Noyon. (Another option was to move his seat to Saint-Quentin but the wine produced in Noyon was thought to be much better than that produced in Saint-Quentin.[5] Other explanations are that Medardus was born near the town, at Salency, or that the place is nearer to Soissons, which was one of the royal capitals of the Merovingians.) The bishop of Noyon was also bishop of Tournai from the seventh century until Tournai was raised to a separate diocese 1146.[6]

The cathedral at Noyon was where Charlemagne was crowned as co-King of the Franks in 768,[7] as was the first Capetian king, Hugh Capet in 987.[8] In 859 the town was attacked by Vikings[9] and the bishop, Immo, captured and killed.[10] The town received a communal charter in 1108, which was later confirmed by Philip Augustus in 1223. In the twelfth century, the diocese of Noyon was raised to an ecclesiastical duchy in the peerage of France. The Romanesque cathedral was destroyed by fire in 1131, but soon replaced by the present cathedral, Notre-Dame de Noyon, constructed between 1145 and 1235, one of the earliest examples of Gothic architecture in France. The bishop's library is a historic example of half-timbered construction.

By the Treaty of Noyon, signed on the 13 August 1516 between Francis I of France and emperor Charles V, France abandoned its claims to the Kingdom of Naples and received the Duchy of Milan in recompense. The treaty brought the War of the League of Cambrai— one stage of the Italian Wars— to a close.

During King Henry II's Italian war in 1557, most of Noyon would be burned,[11] in the midst of Philip II of Spain's invasion of Picardy,[12] before returning to their winter quarters in the Spanish Netherlands.[12]

Near the end of the sixteenth century the town fell under Habsburg control, but Henry IV of France recaptured it. The Concordat of 1801 suppressed its bishopric. The town was occupied by the Germans during World War I and World War II and on both occasions suffered heavy damage.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1968 11,603—    
1975 13,889+2.60%
1982 14,041+0.16%
1990 14,426+0.34%
1999 14,471+0.03%
2007 14,240−0.20%
2012 13,658−0.83%
2017 13,519−0.20%
Source: INSEE[13]


International relations[edit]

Noyon is twinned with:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires" (in French)., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises. 4 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2021". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2023.
  3. ^ INSEE commune file
  4. ^ Public Domain Smith, William, ed. (1857). "Noviomagus". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. Vol. 2. London: John Murray. pp. 449–450.
  5. ^ M. Lachiver, Vins, vignes et vignerons. Histoire du vignoble français, éditions Fayard, Paris, 1988, (ISBN 221302202X), p. 53
  6. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia, s.v. Tournai [Doornik] (Diocese); Roman Catholic Diocese of Tournai.
  7. ^ Peter Lasko, Ars Sacra, 800-1200, (Yale University Press, 1994), 1.
  8. ^ Laon, Kim M. Magon, Northern Europe: International Dictionary of Historic Places, Vol. 2, ed. Trudy Ring, Noelle Watson, Paul Schellinger, (Routledge, 1995), 397.
  9. ^ Karl Leyser, Communications and Power in Medieval Europe: The Carolingian and Ottonian Centuries, ed. Timothy Reuter, (Hambledon Press, 1994), 48 note110.
  10. ^ Dudo (Dean of St. Quentin), History of the Normans, transl. Eric Christiansen, (The Boydell Press, 1998), 184 note82.
  11. ^ George A. Rothrock, The Huguenots: A Biography of a Minority, (Nelson-Hall, Inc., 1979), 48.
  12. ^ a b A Global Chronology of Conflict: From the Ancient World to the Modern Middle East, Vol. II, ed. Spencer C. Tucker, (ABC-CLIO, 2010), 518.
  13. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
  14. ^ The Cathedrals of Northern France by Francis Miltoun, Published by T. Werner Laurie, London, 1894
  15. ^ "Hexham Town Twinning". Hexham Town Twinning. Retrieved 14 December 2021.
  16. ^ "The Noyon Hexham town twinning". Retrieved 14 December 2021.

External links[edit]

About the cathedral: