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Montbrison - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Loire

Former capital of the counts of Forez, the town of Montbrison has preserved numerous architectural examples of its rich past, such as the Notre-Dame d'Espérance collegiate church, a beautiful Gothic building whose bell tower dominates the roofs of the historic centre; the mansions; the chapels and former convents; the Diana room, which is the room of the Former States of Forez, boasting a magnificent wooden vaulted ceiling decorated with coats of arms. Besides these places of interest to discover, it is also possible to walk along the Vizézy quays.

To be visited: the Allard museum, housed in a mansion, which is home to collections of minerals, stuffed birds and dolls coming from all over the world. Behind the museum extends a pleasant garden perfect for a stroll.

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Sub-prefecture of the department of Loire, on the border of the Plains and Mountains Forez Montbrison is an attractive city with about 16 000 inhabitants but which shines on a pool of larger life of about 70 000 inhabitants.

Mentioned in ancient history and context of peaceful life and preserved (Montbrison is ranked three flowers at the national competition of cities and villages in bloom), Montbrison is also known for its centuries-old market on Saturday morning (the largest of the Loire) and its gastronomy. Fourme of Montbrison is now known throughout France as well as wines from the coast of Drill two AOC reflecting the good life ... to Montbrison!

Things to see and do

Former capital of the Counts of Forez from the eleventh century, Montbrison possesses a remarkable architectural heritage, one of the most important of the department of Loire.

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Called to the rich past, Montbrison also contains in its heart of town many facades of old mansions dating back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, such as hotels Henrys, Robertet or even the house of the parabola.

Montbrison is attached to an associated city since 1973. The municipality of Moingt has an equally remarkable heritage, in particular the Gallo-Roman vestiges (amphitheater, thermal baths), testifying to its past of city of water of I to the third century of Our era (Aquae Segetae).

In addition to a rich historical and cultural heritage, Montbrison has many shops, as well as all possible structures and activities: multisalles cinema, 18 hole golf course, bowling, Space Kid games room, tennis, equestrian center...

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Nuit des Musées en Loire Forez


Walk along the banks of the Vizézy in the heart of the medieval city, between past and future...
Walk along the banks of the Vizézy in the heart of the medieval city, between past and future...
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