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town, Oise departement, Picardie region, northern France. It lies north-northeast of Paris. The town, on the lower slopes and at the foot of a hill, occupies both banks of the Verse River, which is a tributary of the Oise. Noyon formerly was an important ecclesiastical centre. Its Cathedral of Notre-Dame is a fine transitional late 12th-century Romanesque-Gothic edifice. The fifth church to be built on the site, it was restored after heavy damage in World War I. The Hotel de Ville (town hall) and old ecclesiastical buildings were also ruined in the war but have been rebuilt.