France: Senlis

Senlis is historically one of the most important towns in France – this was the royal city from 9th-12th centuries and thus arguably the capital for what is today’s France – Hugh Capet was elected king here in 981. It’s relatively small and compact town now, formerly surrounded by two rounds of fortified walls. The narrow streets crisscross the town with a spectacular 12th century Senlis Cathedral towering above and visible from everywhere.