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Montluçon

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Allier

Montluçon - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Allier
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Located at the heart of the old province of Bourbonnais, the town of Montluçon has retained many traces of its medieval period. Its historical centre, as picturesque as you could wish for with its side streets dotted with old timber-framed houses, is dominated by the imposing form of the main building of the Castle of the Dukes of Bourbon. The latter, flanked by a square keep, clock tower and Italian-style gallery, houses the Museum of Popular Music, an exhibition space with over 800 instruments, an eclectic selection to say the least, including a large collection of hurdy-gurdies! At the approach to the museum, the castle esplanade with orientation table offers a beautiful view of the roofs and bell towers of the town.

Below the fortifications, the discovery of Montluçon continues as you explore its medieval squares and side streets, dotted with remarkable monuments such as the house of the Twelve Apostles, the Deanery passage and the Churches of Our Lady and St. Peter.

Erected in the 11th and 12th centuries, the Romanesque Church of St. Peter contains a splendid statue of St. Magdalene from the late 15th century. The Church of Our Lady, built in the 15th century, contains a figure of Jesus Christ with stone bonds from the 15th century, as well as a statue of Our Lady of Montluçon from the 17th century.

Not far from there is a pleasant green area that's ideal for a stopover, and Wilson Gardens, adorned with pretty French-style parterres.

On Saturday morning, market day, the old town of Montluçon is especially lively, with its many stands selling fresh local produce. A fine range of colours and flavours!

When it comes to festivities, there are two big events to put in your diaries: the carnival in Bœuf Villé, every year in March; and the medieval festival, every two years in July.

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Montluçon

Montluçon, the city with two faces:

On the front nestled at the foot of the castle of the Dukes of Bourbon, the medieval city reflects the rich history of Montluçon. Houses timbered 15th and 16th centuries astonished by their charm intact.

Tails: the heart of the old city, the contemporary building MuPop hints at the other side of the city, resolutely turned towards the future. Metal facades emphasizes the industrial wealth of the city. Just below one of the many parks invite you to linger. Want more likely yet? Within minutes, the campaign offers you the gates of the city!

Want out? Cabaret "Royal Avenue" to Montluçon casino Neris-les-Bains, through the many bars in the city atmosphere and discotheques, night awaits you!

Montluçon in the 12th century will experience a significant period of prosperity under the influence of the Lords of the Bourbons. The medieval city still full of charm and wealth inherited from the heyday for the city Bourbonnais.

Montluçon in the area between the Sires de Bourbon in the 12th century and the town will then experience a period of prosperity, especially during the reign of Louis de Bourbon, second in the 14th century and the 15th century. Even today, the city does not fail to surprise. At every street corner, half-timbered houses, sculpted facades, details of ornamentation ... You show charm and wealth.

Things to see and do

Montluçon has kept the soul of its prestigious past the time of the Bourbons; Castle 2nd Louis de Bourbon proudly dominates the city. Stroll the streets of the medieval town and discover the Saint-Pierre district, the Romanesque church of the 12th century and the remarkable House of the Twelve Apostles.

Do not miss: The Mupop (Museum of Popular Music). In the heart of the medieval city of Montluçon in an innovative museum of 3300 m², discover, through staging a fun and interactive, the largest collection of instruments and musical objects of France. A headphones on, carry yourself in different musical worlds: from jazz to rock, through the bal musette, pop music, electro ... Share unpublished family or friends sound experiences! National in scope, Mupop houses an exceptional collection of instruments and musical objects in France, highlighted by a contemporary scenography. 3500 instruments and musical objects and 150 autonomous listening points. Museum of music that make you vibrate!

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Château des Ducs de Bourbon
Château des Ducs de Bourbon
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Passage of the deanery
Passage of the deanery
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timbered house - Rue Grande
timbered house - Rue Grande
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Wilson Garden
Wilson Garden
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The MuPop the music museum that make you vibrate
The MuPop the music museum that make you vibrate
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Town Hall
Town Hall
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Castle Louviere
Castle Louviere
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Cher
Cher
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Church St ! Pierre
Church St ! Pierre
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Place Piquand
Place Piquand
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Conservatoire André Messager
Conservatoire André Messager
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Athanor Centre
Athanor Centre
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