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Cultural Heritage

Cultural Heritage

Traditional villages, historic monuments, vernacular culture, guided tours of Belley, museums and heritage centres, and more

Bugey Sud is characterised by its charming villages built of stone in the traditional style.
Typical vineyard and agricultural workers’ houses have gabled roofs with flat stones stepping down like a staircase at either end, and door and window apertures of dressed stone.

Every village has its church or chapel, its ancient communal bread oven (‘four banal’) and very often, a public washing place (‘lavoir’) and a fountain.

The landscape around the villages is dotted with ‘grangeons’, little buildings erected in the middle of the vineyards, but also fortified houses, castles and manor houses recalling Bugey’s rich history as a former possession of the House of Savoy, and then a border region with Belley as its capital. A historical tour takes you round the landmarks and monuments of the town, giving an insight into its bourgeois, religious and trading past.

The Tourist Office also arranges guided tours of Belley with specific themes and the town’s museums and heritage centres showcase different aspects of Bugey’s history and culture.

Villages
Villages

Most of Bugey's villages have retained their traditional architecture: stone houses with stone slate roofs and stepped gables, vineyard shelters ('grangeons'), communal ovens, washing houses, fountains, churches and chapels.

Churches and Chapels
Churches and Chapels

Explore the history and architecture of Bugey Sud's village churches and chapels.

Belley, Capital of Bugey
Belley, Capital of Bugey

Its location at a busy crossroads made Belley an important town already back in Gallo-Roman times.From 1077 Belley was part of the House of Savoy's estates, until Bugey was ceded to France in 1601 under the Treaty of Lyon. The...

Château de Montvéran
Château de Montvéran

As you enter the town of Culoz, this 14th-century architectural gem towers magnificently above you. Over the centuries it has played host to a roll call of famous figures.

Museums and Heritage Centres
Museums and Heritage Centres

Bugey has lots of cultural venues where regional history and traditions are kept alive and visitors get a real insight into local life.

Themed Tours
Themed Tours

Itineraries that take you round specific places of interest, heritage sites or natural beauty spots in Bugey Sud, depending on your mood and where you are starting out from. Including the Carved Stone Statues Trail, the First...

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