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The Chaumont viaduct
The Chaumont viaduct

Chaumont (IPA: [ʃomɔ̃]) is a commune of France, and the capital (or préfecture) of the Haute-Marne department. As of 2013, it has a population of 23,011.

The city stands on the river Marne and is situated on the railway linking Paris and Basel, which runs over a 52 m (171 ft) tall and 600 m (2,000 ft) long viaduct built in 1856.


Historically the seat of the Counts of Bassigny and later of Champagne, Chaumont was the venue of an offensive treaty against Napoleon I signed by the United Kingdom, Austria, Prussia, and Russia in 1814. Chaumont was bombed in 1940 and 1944 during World War II. From 1951 to 1967, the United States Air Force under NATO operated the Chaumont-Semoutiers Air Base on the outskirts of the city.


Lucien Lantier, painter, briefly stayed here in 1918 during the birth of his son.

Twin towns

Chaumont is twinned with:

  • [[INLINE_IMAGE|//|// 1.5x, // 2x|Germany|h14|w23|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] Bad Nauheim, Hesse, Germany, since 1992
  • [[INLINE_IMAGE|//|// 1.5x, // 2x|Mali|h15|w23|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] San, Mali, since 1995
  • [[INLINE_IMAGE|//|// 1.5x, // 2x|Belgium|h15|w23|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] Oostkamp, West Flanders, Belgium, since 2005
  • [[INLINE_IMAGE|//|// 1.5x, // 2x|Guadeloupe|h15|w23|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] Baillif, Guadeloupe, France, since 2010
  • [[INLINE_IMAGE|//|// 1.5x, // 2x|England|h14|w23|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
  • [[INLINE_IMAGE|//|// 1.5x, // 2x|United States|h12|w23|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] Owasso, Oklahoma, United States, since 2017[2]

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