The World War I Chateau-Thierry American Monument, designed by Paul Cret, is located on a hill two miles west of Chateau-Thierry, France, and commands a wide view of the valley of the Marne River. It commemorates the sacrifices and achievements of the Americans and French before and during the Aisne-Marne and Oise-Aisne offensives.
The monument, also known as the American Aisne-Marne Memorial or Le Monument américain à cote 204, consists of an impressive double colonnade rising above a long terrace. On its west facade are heroic sculptured figures representing the United States and France. On its east facade is a map showing American military operations in this region and an orientation table pointing out the significant battle sites.
German advances in late May 1918 led to the 3rd Division joining the fight. Its units assisted French troops in preventing the Germans from crossing the Marne River. The 3rd Division held the south bank of the Marne until the French American counteroffensive forced German withdrawal. It earned the nickname “Rock of the Marne.” At the nearby cemeteries rest those Americans who gave their lives in the service of their country.
A 2,000 square-foot visitor center opened at Chateau-Thierry American Monument in May 2018. Entrance to the visitor center is free, and tickets nor reservations are required. The visitor center is open daily, except Christmas Day and New Year's Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Chateau-Thierry American Monument is located on a hill two miles west of Chateau-Thierry, France. It's four and a half miles southeast of Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, and 17 miles southwest of Oise-Aisne American Cemetery. The monument is also known as the Hill 204 American Monument.
Travel via Car
From Paris travel via toll autoroute A-4. Take the Montreuil-aux-Lions exit (#19), then travel via N-3 (also called D1003), following the Château-Thierry sign. Stay on the main road until you see the sign indicating American Monument on your right, about one mile from Château-Thierry. Two stone pylons mark the entrance of the access road.
From Reims travel via toll autoroute A-4. The Monument can be reached by taking the Château-Thierry exit (#20). Proceed to the center of Château-Thierry and then follow the Aisne-Marne American cemetery signs in the direction of Meaux/La Ferté sous Jouarre via D1003. About one mile after exiting Château-Thierry, you will see a sign for American Monument on your left. Two stone pylons mark the entrance of the access road.
Travel via Train
There is a rail service from Paris (Gare de l'Est) to the train station in Château-Thierry. The journey takes about one hour. It's a ten minute taxi ride from the Château-Thierry train station to the monument.
Travel via Airplane
Paris is about 55 miles from the monument.
Travel via Public Transportation
Public transportation is not available to the monument.
News & Events
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