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.
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.
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.