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Ambronay

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Ambronay - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ain
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Ambronay is a town of Ain, in Burgundy and Franche-Comte, 27 km south of Bourg-en-Bresse and near Ambérieu-en-Bugey.

Its territory of 33 km² is largely wooded, bordered by the course of the Ain to the west and the western foothills of the Jura massif in the east. Its highest point is the locality of Morimont at 643 m altitude.

The town developed from the Middle Ages with the foundation of a thriving Benedictine abbey, which is seen equip fortifications in the late thirteenth century.

Part of the buildings is transformed into a prison during the Revolution, while at the same time, the city extends beyond its original enclosure.

During the First War, a military camp is established which produces bread for the troops fighting on the front.

In 1980, a baroque music festival is created whose success is soon to Ambronay one of the capitals of the kind in France. The small town with nearly 2700 inhabitants is thus become a real tourist attraction with its heritage, environment sports activities and nature and quality of cultural activities.

Geographical information

MunicipalityAmbronay
Postcode01500
Tourism label
Latitude46.0069650 (N 46° 0’ 25”)
Longitude5.3602080 (E 5° 21’ 37”)
AltitudeFrom 225m to 765m
Surface area33.55 km²
Population2722 inhabitants
Density81 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureBourg-en-Bresse (17.3 mi, 31 min)
Insee code01007
IntercommunalityCC de la Plaine de l'Ain
DepartmentAin
TerritoryAlps, Jura mountains
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alps

Nearest cities & towns

Douvres1.5 mi (5 min)
Saint-Jean-le-Vieux2.1 mi (4 min)
Ambérieu-en-Bugey3.8 mi (11 min)
Jujurieux4 mi (9 min)
Priay4.2 mi (10 min)
Pont-d'Ain4.4 mi (10 min)
Château-Gaillard4.9 mi (9 min)
L'Abergement-de-Varey5.1 mi (12 min)
Varambon5.5 mi (11 min)
Bettant5.6 mi (11 min)
Druillat5.7 mi (13 min)
Villette-sur-Ain5.7 mi (14 min)
Saint-Denis-en-Bugey5.9 mi (11 min)
Ambutrix5.9 mi (10 min)
Saint-Maurice-de-Rémens6.5 mi (10 min)

Things to see and do

The Benedictine abbey founded in the eleventh century by Barnard Romans is the heritage jewel of the town.

Partly restored, essentially classified in 1889 as historical monuments, it still has today Notre Dame, the cloister, the chapter house, said Dauphine turn. Other elements of the site, albeit reworked, were included in the inventory, as former convent buildings, the house or the loft.

A discovery circuit then can appreciate the historical heart of the city with narrow streets. We can still see the remains of the ramparts of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and one notices the old gate of the Gargoyle and the Tower of the Archives (XIII).

The town hall in the former stately sixteenth century, rebuilt in the nineteenth, pretty squares in picturesque appearance, and the municipal park with its small lake complete the ride in the city.

To the west of the borough, listed remains of the old country house (stronghold) of Gironville (XIV) are also worth visiting.

Still on the heritage, the various surrounding scattered hamlets also have items of interest.

This is the case of Salaport hamlet, surrounded by pine trees, the place with its laundry and furnace does not lack charm, with its fountain Merland St. Tricot, Mollard where the old castle of Saint-Gras hosts now specialized educational institute. But yet Coutelieu where a house still has a carved medallion depicting the arms of the Dukes of Savoy who protected the region at the end of the Middle Ages, or the Vorgey some houses were built of pebbles collected in the course of Ain.

On the sports and leisure map "nature", Ambronay proves resourceful.

The Rebattey lake with an area of ​​15 hectares and delights walkers and fishermen, as Ain and its banks. For the latter named, inquire about the regulation with the local association +33 4 74 64 06 56.

For hikers, besides these sites, deciduous and trees, cultivated plots around the hamlets, the views on the Bugey lend themselves to quality systems. Map and information +33 4 74 37 23 14.

Sports include Ambronay has become a reference for fans of canoeing. A departmental base is established in the village of Longeville (touch +33 4 74 39 14 17) and the club Ain Valley is also able to provide outputs to tourists (touch +33 4 74 38 62 19).

In another genre, for a game of tennis, you need to book a short +33 9 51 57 18 58.

For culture, finally, the cultural center inaugurated in 2003 has become the place of reference that extends throughout the year the Baroque music festival scheduled in autumn. The center is dedicated to artistic creation as mediation to the public, research and training young talent. Information +33 4 74 38 74 00.

Places of interest

Monuments
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Events and festivities

From mid-September to the first or second weekend of October, about three weeks, the Baroque Music Festival is held in the main to the Abbey because of its exceptional acoustics. All the big names of the genre occurred at Ambronay but concerts also help to build bridges between classical and jazz or electronica. Shows are also scheduled specifically for young audiences. Each year, recorded concerts are also broadcast internationally and now by the festival itself has created his own record label.

The first Sunday of November, the triathlon Ain.

Every Friday morning, finally the market to discover the tasty local Bugey and Bresse.

Photos

Cloister
Cloister
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Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
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Ambronay Town Hall, former castle (© J.E)
Ambronay Town Hall, former castle (© J.E)
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Cloister
Cloister
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Former abbey of Ambronay
Former abbey of Ambronay
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Former Ambronay abbey - detail of the tympanum
Former Ambronay abbey - detail of the tympanum
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Cloister
Cloister
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Cloister
Cloister
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Church of Ambronay
Church of Ambronay
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Cloister sculpture
Cloister sculpture
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Detail of a stall
Detail of a stall
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Detail of a stall
Detail of a stall
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Detail of a stall
Detail of a stall
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Detail of a stall
Detail of a stall
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Detail of a stall
Detail of a stall
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Altar of the Chapter House (© J.E)
Altar of the Chapter House (© J.E)
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Altar of the Virgin, in the church (© J.E)
Altar of the Virgin, in the church (© J.E)
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Altar of the Abbey Church (© J.E)
Altar of the Abbey Church (© J.E)
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Baptistery of the church (© J.E)
Baptistery of the church (© J.E)
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Sundial against the wall of Monteverdi Hall (© J.E)
Sundial against the wall of Monteverdi Hall (© J.E)
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Key of the lintel of the chapter house with the arms of the abbot Etienne de Morel (© J.E)
Key of the lintel of the chapter house with the arms of the abbot Etienne de Morel (© J.E)
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Keystone of the church, armored (© J.E)
Keystone of the church, armored (© J.E)
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Keystone of the decorated church (© J.E)
Keystone of the decorated church (© J.E)
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Keystone of the church, emblazoned (© J.E)
Keystone of the church, emblazoned (© J.E)
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Keystone, emblazoned (© J.E)
Keystone, emblazoned (© J.E)
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Keystone, decorated (© J.E)
Keystone, decorated (© J.E)
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Keystone, decorated (© J.E)
Keystone, decorated (© J.E)
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Keystone, decorated (© J.E)
Keystone, decorated (© J.E)
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Keystone, decorated (© J.E)
Keystone, decorated (© J.E)
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Keystone, decorated (© J.E)
Keystone, decorated (© J.E)
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Keystone, decorated (© J.E)
Keystone, decorated (© J.E)
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Keystone, decorated (© J.E)
Keystone, decorated (© J.E)
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Keystone, decorated (© J.E)
Keystone, decorated (© J.E)
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Bell tower of the abbey church, viewed from behind (© J.E)
Bell tower of the abbey church, viewed from behind (© J.E)
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Facade of the abbey church (© J.E)
Facade of the abbey church (© J.E)
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Friesland, above the large portal of the abbey church (© J.E)
Friesland, above the large portal of the abbey church (© J.E)
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Cloister Gallery (© J.E)
Cloister Gallery (© J.E)
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Cloister Gallery (© J.E)
Cloister Gallery (© J.E)
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North gallery of the cloister and its sundial (© J.E)
North gallery of the cloister and its sundial (© J.E)
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The recumbent, in the church (© J.E)
The recumbent, in the church (© J.E)
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Grand portal of the abbey church (© J.E)
Grand portal of the abbey church (© J.E)
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Information about the mural (© J.E)
Information about the mural (© J.E)
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Information on the carpenter's gravestone (© J.E)
Information on the carpenter's gravestone (© J.E)
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Information on the Pietà (© J.E)
Information on the Pietà (© J.E)
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Information on the Chapter Hall (© J.E)
Information on the Chapter Hall (© J.E)
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Information on the old abbey (© J.E)
Information on the old abbey (© J.E)
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Information on the cloister (© J.E)
Information on the cloister (© J.E)
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Information on the terrier of Ambronay (© J.E)
Information on the terrier of Ambronay (© J.E)
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Information on chapels (© J.E)
Information on chapels (© J.E)
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Information on gravestones (© J.E)
Information on gravestones (© J.E)
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Cloister garden, seen from the floor (© J.E)
Cloister garden, seen from the floor (© J.E)
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Nave of the Abbey Church (© J.E)
Nave of the Abbey Church (© J.E)
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Lantern with sound suppressor (© J.E)
Lantern with sound suppressor (© J.E)
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Lantern on the roof of Monteverdi Hall (© J.E)
Lantern on the roof of Monteverdi Hall (© J.E)
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The terrier of Ambronay (© J.E)
The terrier of Ambronay (© J.E)
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Model of the abbey - In the church (© J.E)
Model of the abbey - In the church (© J.E)
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Nave of the Abbey Church (© J.E)
Nave of the Abbey Church (© J.E)
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Old wall painting, in the church (© J.E)
Old wall painting, in the church (© J.E)
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Headstone (© J.E)
Headstone (© J.E)
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Headstone of Pierre de Lacoux (© J.E)
Headstone of Pierre de Lacoux (© J.E)
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Headstone of the Fornier brothers (© J.E)
Headstone of the Fornier brothers (© J.E)
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Headstone of the carpenter (© J.E)
Headstone of the carpenter (© J.E)
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Pietà in the church (© J.E)
Pietà in the church (© J.E)
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Painted ceiling, above the cloisters staircase (© J.E)
Painted ceiling, above the cloisters staircase (© J.E)
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Left porch of the abbey church (© J.E)
Left porch of the abbey church (© J.E)
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North side door of the abbey church (© J.E)
North side door of the abbey church (© J.E)
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Ambronay Town Hall, former castle (© J.E)
Ambronay Town Hall, former castle (© J.E)
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Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
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Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
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Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
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Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
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Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
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Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
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Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
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Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
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Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
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Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
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Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
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Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
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Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
Stalls sculpture (© J.E)
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Statue of Saint Barnard, in the chapter house (© J.E)
Statue of Saint Barnard, in the chapter house (© J.E)
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Tour Dauphine - Ambronay Abbey (© J.E)
Tour Dauphine - Ambronay Abbey (© J.E)
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Tour of Archives - Ambronay Abbey (© J.E)
Tour of Archives - Ambronay Abbey (© J.E)
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Tour of the abbey archives (© J.E)
Tour of the abbey archives (© J.E)
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Tympanum of the left porch, of the abbey church (© J.E)
Tympanum of the left porch, of the abbey church (© J.E)
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Virgin and child, between the two doors of the great portal of the church (© J.E)
Virgin and child, between the two doors of the great portal of the church (© J.E)
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Weather

Wednesday 8 july
Min. 12°C - Max. 30°C
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Thursday 9 july
Min. 14°C - Max. 33°C
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Friday 10 july
Min. 18°C - Max. 32°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Cerdon Caves - Prehistoric theme park
Entertainment10 € Bourg-en-Bresse (15.1 mi)
Visit a Fondation du Patrimoine-listed heritage mill
Culture and education5 € Foissiat (28 mi)
Guided hike in the mountains in the Northern Alps
Nature and the great outdoors150 € Lyon (30 mi)
Canyoning around Lyon
Sports sensations45 € to 70 € Lyon (30 mi)
Tramway ride through the historical quarters of Lyon - 1 hour
Culture and education9 € Lyon (30 mi)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Circuit The four villages
HikeIntermediate7h05Saint-Denis-en-Bugey (4.1 mi)
The Evosges Memorial Trail
HikeEasy3h30Évosges (7.4 mi)
Garden Vertrieu Simples
Village visitEasy1h00Vertrieu (9.3 mi)
Stroll - The marsh of the licks
HikeEasy50 minCeignes (10.7 mi)
Walk The brook Black Fontaine
HikeEasy40 minSerrières-sur-Ain (10.8 mi)

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