Historic Towns and Monuments

Dombes & Saône is a region rich in heritage!

Dombes & Saône is a region with an enduring history.  From the late Middle Ages until the mid 18th century the entire region of Dombes was independent.  During this period Trévoux on the banks of the River Saône was Dombes's capital.  The historic parliament building can be visited today as well as the Château de Saint Bernard and Trévoux Fort which stood guard over this once strategic river crossing.  Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne, the former home of Saint Vincent de Paul is a beautifully preserved village in the heart of Dombes & Saône.  Although the village's defensive walls were destroyed after the French Revolution, its peaceful narrow streets still contain several exceptional buildings such as Saint Andre's Church, the Porte de Villars and the 17th century covered marketplace.  Saint Jean-Marie Vianney was another saint who lived in Dombes & Saône.  His shrine is located in the basilica in Ars-sur-Formans which was designed by Pierre-Marie Bossan who designed the Fourvière Basilica in Lyon.  Located in picturesque Montemerle-sur-Saône is the Minimies Tower and Chapel, with stunning views of Dombes & Saône.  The region is also home to numerous chateaus such as the Château de la Batie, some these timeless buildings are open as hotels today.        

Historic town and monuments : chatillon sur chalaronne, medieval city

Places to see and to visit

The market hall
Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne
The market hall Historic site and monument
The Villar's gate
Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne
The Villar's gate Historic site and monument
Trévoux Château
Trévoux
Château-fort de Trévoux Historic site and monument
Jardins du château de St-Bernard
Saint-Bernard
Les jardins du château de St-Bernard Park and garden
St Vincent de Paul's house
Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne
St Vincent de Paul's house Historic site and monument
Castle of Fléchères
Fareins
Castle of Fléchères Historic site and monument
Maison des Sires de Villars- Mansion of the lords of Villars
Trévoux
Trévoux OT 10.05 Historic site and monument
Dombes Parliament
Trévoux
Parlement de Dombes Historic site and monument
St André's church
Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne
Eglise cote sud SITRA Historic site and monument
Site of Minimes (chapel and tower)
Montmerle-sur-Saône
Site of Minimes (chapel and tower) Historic site and monument
Notre-Dame des Dombes Abbey
Le Plantay
Notre-Dame des Dombes Abbey Historic site and monument
Château de St-Bernard - Saint Bernard's Castle
Saint-Bernard
Château de St-Bernard - Saint Bernard's Castle Historic site and monument
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