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Pérouges

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Pérouges - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ain
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Overlooking the Dombes Plateau from the top of its hill, the medieval town of Pérouges, listed among the most beautiful villages of France, boasts an exceptional built heritage, a reminder of a rich past linked to hemp growing and weaving. This superb fortified village, incredibly well-preserved from the ravages of time, is a real enchantment for lovers of old buildings, and has been a set for several films, such as "The Three Musketeers" and "Monsieur Vincent".

Once you pass through the gates of En Haut, you'll be amazed to discover its cobbled side streets lined with old facades, and its 15th-century church resembling a fortress. Here, medieval timber-framed houses with corbels and Renaissance residences dotted with mullioned windows will take you on a journey through time!

The wonderfully picturesque Place du Tilleul square at the heart of the village is enchanting to look at, with its 13th-century inn, Old St. George House, Tree of Liberty planted in 1792, and Museum of Old Pérouges. The latter, based in the House of Princes, the former home of the Dukes of Savoy, tells visitors all about the town's history, through collections of paintings, engravings, furniture, objects, tools, ceramics and musical instruments. A Hortulus, a charming medieval garden, as well as a beautiful view of Pérouges and the surrounding area from the watchtower, complete the visit.

Local food to try: Pérouges cake, a local speciality made of brioche pastry with sugar and butter, which you can enjoy warm, on its own or with cream and fruit coulis, all accompanied by a glass of Cerdon wine or a hot drink! A real treat...

Every year, the village hosts two big events, the Printemps de Pérouges music festival in May-June, and the big medieval festival in June.

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Pérouges

Located south of the Dombes, one of the four countries Ain, 40 km from Lyon, the city of Pérouges overlooks part of the plain of Ain ​​upper plateau.

The old 12th century fortress was transformed into a city of the late 14th through charter franchise. Pérouges surprised by its rounded, pebble walls and bricks and charm intact.

You will love this walk in the flavors time!

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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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Rue des Rondes in bloom (© C.Despalles)
Rue des Rondes in bloom (© C.Despalles)
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Pérouges view from the hamlet of Peage
Pérouges view from the hamlet of Peage
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Sainte-Marie-Madeleine fortress church, seen from the city
Sainte-Marie-Madeleine fortress church, seen from the city
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Medieval city
Medieval city
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Medieval street
Medieval street
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Second door and entrance to the church (left)
Second door and entrance to the church (left)
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Venetian parade Pérouges (© OT Pérouges)
Venetian parade Pérouges (© OT Pérouges)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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Door of the Haut (© Jean Espirat)
Door of the Haut (© Jean Espirat)
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Stop almost mandatory in front of the specialty shop (© Jean Espirat)
Stop almost mandatory in front of the specialty shop (© Jean Espirat)
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Shadows and mysteries in the alleys (© Jean Espirat)
Shadows and mysteries in the alleys (© Jean Espirat)
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Low door (© Jean Espirat)
Low door (© Jean Espirat)
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Low door (© Jean Espirat)
Low door (© Jean Espirat)
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Low door (© Jean Espirat)
Low door (© Jean Espirat)
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Top door (© Jean Espirat)
Top door (© Jean Espirat)
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Door from the top, view from the inside (© Jean Espirat)
Door from the top, view from the inside (© Jean Espirat)
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Statuette of Saint Michel (© Jean Espirat)
Statuette of Saint Michel (© Jean Espirat)
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Statuette above the entrance to the church (© Jean Espirat)
Statuette above the entrance to the church (© Jean Espirat)
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Medieval street, paved with pebbles (© Jean Espirat)
Medieval street, paved with pebbles (© Jean Espirat)
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Another medieval street (© Jean Espirat)
Another medieval street (© Jean Espirat)
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Other local specialty shop (© Jean Espirat)
Other local specialty shop (© Jean Espirat)
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Spectacle of capes and swords (© Jean Espirat)
Spectacle of capes and swords (© Jean Espirat)
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Spectacle in front of the inn (© Jean Espirat)
Spectacle in front of the inn (© Jean Espirat)
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Spectacle in front of the inn (© Jean Espirat)
Spectacle in front of the inn (© Jean Espirat)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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