Situated between the Saône and the foothills of the Jura mountains, Bresse is a region of natural character and tradition. Its symbols are of course, the Bresse chicken, but also Saracen chimneys and Bressen farms. In this country full of groves and water, where gastronomy reigns supreme, be ready to enjoy the delights of both nature and food.
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Bresse chicken, the king of the realm
Distinctive notes: Appellation controlled since 1957
Physical characteristics: white plumage, red cockscomb and blue feet
Environment: Vast pastures, sometimes in the company of peaceful cows
Diet: Corn and grain produced exclusively from the Bresse region
The Bressen chicken is a long history of love and expertise, starting with the renaming of the region half a century ago. Whether a treat for the eyes or a treat for the taste buds, poultry from Bresse can be found anywhere, be it in the field or on a dish. So come and sit at our tables, here in Bresse, and enjoy wonderful treats such as Bresse chicken à la creme- it's a culinary delight!
In this land of flavors, you can also experience the tastes of fromage blanc en faisselle , authentic Bresse bleu, or Bresse crepes sprinkled with sugar or topped with cream. The food found here is a true invitation to gastronomes.
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History and patrimony of Bresse
From the time of its first inhabitants up until the Treaty of Lyon in 1601, the history of Bresse has been an eventful one . In 1212, the region became part of Savoy and Bourg-en-Bresse was made its capital. With the Treaty of Lyon in 1601, Bresse was reattached to the kingdom of France. There are many monuments that remain today as testimonies to this rich past.
The many farms of Bresse, some topped with mysterious Saracen chimneystacks , dot the countryside and add to its rich heritage. The stunning architecture speaks for the ingenuity of the people of Bresse during the Middle Ages. Take a pause during your trip to admire this wonderful architecture from centuries past.
The customs, habits and events that at one time animated life in the region have left an imprint on the history of Bresse. Bressans, who are very attached to their traditions, have revitalized and continue today many popular festivities , including the Feast of Vincuit (mulled wine), the Feast of the Pariah, and the Feast of Chicken. They are an opportunity for showing crafts and customs that would otherwise have been forgotten.
Must see sites
The Royal Monastery of Brou in Bourg-en-Bresse: a marvel of flamboyant Gothic art, this edifice is renowned for its admirable workmanship of marble, stone and wood.
The Museum of Bresse-Domaines des Planons: spread over 20 hectares , this site houses farm structures listed as historical monuments, making it a site redolent with history.The Farm Museum in Courtes: an authentic Bresse farm from the 17th century listed as a historical monument. Discover: its architecture, its mysterious Saracen chimney and its vernacular furniture.
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