The Lighthouse of Verzenay in Champagne is 150 km away from Paris, between Reims and Epernay, the Lighthouse invites you to tour the fascinating world of the Champagne vineyards.
AN UNUSUAL CLIMB
1, 2, 3, 4, …., 14, ………, 57, 58, ………………, 99, 100 and 101 steps! You are 25 metres up, above a sea of vines and the Champagne vineyards are as far as the eye can see.
And then in the distance there is a mill, villages, fields, a city and a cathedral. You are now at the top of the Lighthouse of Verzenay.
A specially equipped panoramic viewpoint offers an exceptional 360° view.
100 YEARS OF HISTORY
A lighthouse in the midst of a sea of vines, such was the ingenious brainwave of Mr Joseph Goulet to promote his brand of champagne. This creation does not fail to surprise. At its summit a rotary lantern emits a light beam scanning the plain of Champagne.
At the bottom of this amazing building, Joseph had an open-air theatre, a restaurant and a cabaret establishment built. The Lighthouse of Verzenay therefore soon became a meeting place for people living in Reims and Epernay who met at the site thanks to the CBR (the Compagnie des Chemins de Fer De la Banlieue Rémoise, a local railway line for people living in the suburbs of Reims).
On a sunny afternoon and in a festive atmosphere, visitors sampled the Champagne of the Lighthouse.
The events of the First World War put an end to these good times. The lighthouse was then used as an observation tower by the French army and suffered shellfire from enemy troops.
In the aftermath of the war, only the reinforced concrete tower remained, the adjacent buildings were destroyed.
For many years, the Lighthouse of Verzenay was left disused. It was pervaded by vegetation and fell into oblivion.