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Montluçon

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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 gives an account of the rich past of Montluçon. The half-timbered houses of the 15th and 16th centuries are astounding for their charm.

On the pile side: in the heart of the old town, the contemporary building of the MuPop lets you guess the other face of the city, resolutely turned towards the future. The metal of the facades highlights the industrial wealth of the city. Just below, one of the many parks invites you to stroll. Want more nature? In a few minutes, the countryside is open to you at the gates of the city!

Want to go out? From the cabaret "Le Royal Avenue" to Montluçon to the casino of Néris-les-Bains, passing by the numerous bars with atmosphere of the city and the discotheques, the night extends the arms!

Montluçon will know in the 12th century an important period of prosperity under the influence of the Sires of Bourbons. The medieval city still abounds in the charms and riches inherited from this period rich for the city of Bourbonnais.

Montluçon enters the domain of the Sires of Bourbon in the twelfth century and the city then experienced a period of prosperity, especially during the reign of Louis II of Bourbon in the fourteenth century then in the fifteenth century. Even today, the city is not without surprise. At every street corner, half-timbered houses, sculpted facades, ornamentation details reveal charm and richness.

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At the time there were two churches on either side of the passage: the Saint-Louis chapel on the left, of which there are still the buttresses, and the Saint-Nicolas church, situated almost opposite Saint-Louis. St. Nicholas was completely destroyed after the Revolution. It is here that the transition between the medieval city and the modern city takes place.

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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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