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Half-timbered houses |The halls of the 15th century|Photo Sylvie RavouxThe door of Villars|Photo Sylvie RavouxThe Chalaronne River|Geneviève RomierThe apothecary of the former Hospital|Photo Musée traditions et Vie The Museum of the miniature train|Photo Benoît Prieur

More labeled "Beautiful Detours of France"

In the heart of the Dombes, the charming medieval town of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne with the richness of its heritage and its pleasant living environment, combines several rankings: awarded most beautiful detours of France, station Verte de Vacances, city four flowers, city and art work and remarkable site of good taste.

Brief summary of history

To 443, Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne passes under the domination of the Burgundian Kings. In 1023 the Lord Hugo de Châtillon becomes the Lord of this little fiefdom. In 1101 the city belongs to Robert the chained, he wishes to join the crusade with Geoffroi de Bouillon. To finance his expedition, he bequeathed the seigneuries of Châtillon and Montmerle Guichard sire of Beaujeu.

In 1228, sire of Beaujeu Humbert married his sister Sibille de Beaujeu to Renaud, sire of Bagé and Bresse. In the marriage basket, figures the seigneury of Châtillon. Sibille, was 13 years old and the sole heir of the House of Bagé,  has Amé as a tutor the futur Amédée de Savoie the V.

Châtillon, "Little Venice of the Dombes"

Discover the old quarter of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne with its half-timbered houses, the door of Villars, the remains of the feudal castle and the walled enclosure, the gothic church of Saint-André, the banks and bridges bloom along the Chalaronne.

The House of Saint Vincent de Paul (12 place des Halles) is labeled "Home of the illustrious". Vincent of Paul (1581-1660) is a Roman Catholic priest, canonized in 1737. Its passage in Châtillon in 1617 as a priest lasted only five months, but it marked the spirits.

The halles

The market House was replaced in 1440 by cathedral: 80 meters long and 20 meters wide. The building divided into three spans is supported by some huge oak pillars on which rests the structure. Destroyed in 1670 by a fire, it was rebuilt identically. A traditional market, rich in local produce, is held every Saturday morning in the covered market of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne. It is classified under "market exception" national level

The former Hospital and the apothecary

Former Châtillon XVIIIth century of Royal Hospital is one of the most beautiful hospital heritage. The Court has a small garden of medicinal plants in connection with the apothecary of 1814 which has 120 original Meillonnas earthenware jars. See also the Chapel and the tea bar.

Museum traditions and life/former Hospital and apothecary - Place Saint-Vincent-de-Paul,

Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne 01400 - Tel. 33 (0) 4 74 55 15 70.

Traditions and life Museum

Traditions and life Museum presents an ethnographic collection evoking different aspects of rural life at the beginning of the century (1900-1930) between Bresse and Dombes. It is committed to reviving a peasant family through the explanations of a small chatillonnaise of 10 years who tells its daily life at the beginning of the XXth century. From hundreds of everyday objects: agricultural tools, furniture and costumes.
Open from 1 April to 30 September, daily except Monday from 2 pm to 6 pm.
Museum Traditions and life - Place Saint Vincent de Paul, 01400 Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne
tel.33 (0) 4 74 55 15 70 .

The Museum of the miniature Train

The Museum of the miniature train offers faithful representations of monuments and real places, especially in Lyon gare des Brotteaux, stade Gerland, the Ferris wheel (place Antonin-Poncet), la tête d'Or park and bridge Raymond Poincaré. One can also observe the careers of ochre of Roussillon (Vaucluse) and the provencial village of the Crollines and its railway station. The Alps are also represented with the reproduction of a Swiss railway viaduct with purple cows. A stage of the tour de France takes place in the Alps.

Museum of the miniature train - 96 Place des Halles, 01400 Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne

Tel. 33 (0) 4 74 55 03 54.

Useful information :

Address :
01400 Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne

Good to know :
Tourist office od Chalaronne
Place Centre showground
01400 Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne
Tel. 33 (0) 4 74 55 02 27

Free of charge.

A must see

  • The old quarter with its half-timbered houses
  • The 15th century wooden halls
  • The former Châtillon's 18th-century Royal Hospital

Where to stay:

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