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The Haynes House |The royal monastery of Brou|The Cathedral of the Annunciation|Photo Remi MathisThe door of the Jacobins|Photo Guy PrieurThe brown hotel's Meillonnas |Photo Rémi MathisThe apothecary of the Hôtel-Dieu|

The capital of the Ain

Bresse is a pleasant city that has managed to preserve a heritage demonstrating his successive evolutions. The historic centre of the city is nice, Bourg-en-Bresse has a few old buildings. Its most famous attraction is the Royal Monastery of Brou, a masterpiece of the Gothic era flamboyant whose founder was Marguerite of Austria.

Brief summary of history

Ancient Roman city, it was attached to Savoy in 1272 during the middle ages, before French in the XVIth century. Border city, the city is surrounded by larger fortress in the XIVth and XVth. Located on the Macon-Turin route, Bourg en Bresse thrives in trade, markets and crafts leather and canvas. The bourgeoisie constructed half-timbered houses which remain an examples of rue Basch and rue du Palais.

At the beginning of the XVIth century the Royal Monastery of Brou is erected at the instigation of Marguerite of Austria, wife of the Duke of Savoy. Between 1536 and 1559, the town became again French, François Ier equips Bourg en Bresse to a modern enclosure, including bastions and ditches.

The historic centre

The historic centre of Bourg en Bresse has testimonials from its past. The door of the Jacobins dating from 1437 is the vestige of an ancient monastery. Nearby stands a beautiful row of houses medieval half-timberede XV and XVIe centuries, such the Hugon and Gorrevod.

The royal monastery of Brou

The Church of Brou and royal monastery are gems of the flamboyant Gothic style. They were built between 1505 and 1536 at the initiative of Marguerite of Austria, the widow of Philibert II of Savoy. The façade is richly decorated in a beautiful Renaissance style. Seeroyal monastery of Brou.

The apothecary of the Hôtel-Dieu

Located in the Hôtel-Dieu, a building built in the XVIIIth century, the apothecary of Bourg en Bresse present a splendid set of three pieces. The laboratory, a piece that it is rare to even visit, it still has its equipment that is remarkable (copper stills, mortars, furnace in cast iron). The backroom contains earthenware pots. The officine retains Louis XV panelling and large pots to Theriac, to discover the pharmacopoeia of the carefully preserved time: water, powders, ointments and pills.

Visits on Saturdays at 2:30 pm. In July and August: additional visit on Tuesday at 10:30 am
Apothecary series of Hôtel-Dieu - de Brou 01000 Bourg-en-Bresse 47 boulevard - Tel. 33 (0) 4 74 22 49 40.

The Cathedral of the Annunciation

The collegiate church, begun in 1505 and finished in the XVIIth century, presents an apse and a flamboyant nave. On the facade, you can see a triple Renaissance portal. The treasures contained in the cathedral are many: the altarpiece of the Black Virgin (XIIIth), the stained glass window of Saint-Crépin, miraculous table, the large canopies of Oudinot, the high altar and Chair of guru. The organ dates from 1683 with 3500 pipes and a chalice offered by the Empress Eugénie.

Bresse gastronomy

Bourg-en-Bresse has a rich gastronomy. As a product from the famous Bresse chicken bressan terroir, is an appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) French. Each year, in mid-December since 1862 takes place the "glorious de Bresse", a famous contest of fine poultry featuring poultry of Bresse.

Useful information :

Address :
01005 Bourg-en-Bresse

Good to know :
Tourist Office of Bourg-en-Bresse
6 Avenue Alsace Lorraine
01005 Bourg-en-Bresse
Tel. 33 (0) 4 74 22 49 40

Free of charge.

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