The area of Chalaronne Centre forms a link between Bresse and Dombes with a surprising natural and architectural heritage. So, come and see the historical wealth of Chalaronne Centre, you will appreciate its calm and tranquillity.
Le Renon, à Saint Georges-sur-Renon
A rich and diverse nature
In Chalaronne Centre the poetic landscapes of Dombes mingle with the meadows dotted with groves from Bresse. Whatever the season, Dombes and Bresse charm nature lovers with their beautiful harmony. Ponds, woods, rivers and forests grace the area and give it its unique character. Chalaronne Centre offers lots of places for one to wander about and discover an unspoilt nature.
Do not miss the first flowery farm of the departement, the Earl of Papilles in St. Andre-le-Bouchoux and enjoy your visit by walking around the many ponds in vicinity.
In Dompierre-sur-Chalaronne, the verdant and shadowy valley of Chalaronne is a paradise to anglers. The woods of the commune attract lovers of lilies of tha valley and mushrooms.
To discover all of these natural sites, walks and suggestions of outings are available at the tourism board in Chatillon. Don't hesitate to step in and inquire.
Eglise de St André-le-Bouchoux
An architectural heritage preserved
If the medieval city of Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne is often the high point of a visit, the eleven other villages in the area are worth seeing. The numerous Norman churches, such as Relevant , Baneins ans St. Georges , built between the 11th and 12th centuries testify to the rich history of local communities. In Sandrans, one can find the oldest and most renowned of these Norman churches.
In addition to its churches , Chalaronne Centre lets you go and look for testimonies of its past thanks to its many castles, poypes, mills and other medieval sites. The remarkable site of Vieux Bour de l'Abergement-Clemenciat (private property) is a jewel of the Middle Ages. Most captivating are the red brick walls that surround it.
Neuville-les-Dames gets its name from four Great Dames who had lived in the town. The nuns became canonesses with the creation of the Chapitre-noble, and they resided, for many centuries, within the community. To discover where the Dames de Neuville lived, stroll around the Place de Chapitre, down the ancient rue du Carni or the rue Basse-Bresse.
Along your travels through Chalaronne Centre, do not miss out the washhouses of Condeissiat, the Chateau de Longes, or yet the Chateau de Romans. Situated in the town of Roman, this last castle is today a rehabilitation centre for children and adolescents. This is proof that in Chalaronne Centre, patrimony is still very much alive.
Château de Romans
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