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Trévoux - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ain

Standing by the Saône, the little town of Trévoux has kept some features from its past as the former capital of the principality of Dombes: a large number of heritage buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. Reminders include the private mansions in the old town and the former palace of Dombes Parliament, which contains a courtroom, a listed historic monument with a remarkable painted ceiling.

Alongside this is a beautiful medieval heritage, examples of which include the 14th-century feudal castle in the heights of Trévoux, flanked by a round tower and an octagonal keep. The latter offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Saône Valley, Dombes, Monts d'Or and Beaujolais!

Back on the banks of the Saône, you can visit the old apothecary of Montpensier Hospital and its collection of 18th-century ceramic pots. Then, not far from there, you can walk across the footbridge over the river to go and admire the pretty view of Trévoux.

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Charming city on the banks of the Saône, Trévoux takes place in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, in the department of Ain. With a population of nearly 7,000, it is located on the Rhône and Metropole de Lyon, about ten kilometers from Villefranche-sur-Saône.

Following the Treaty of Verdun, in the ninth century, Trévoux took a special place on the frontier between France and the Empire, thus gaining a special political status. In the 13th century, the town was equiped with a castle and a defensive fortress, before becoming, some centuries later, the property of the Bourbon. Recognized for its bookshops and printers in the eighteenth century, the city became industrialized in the nineteenth century with the stretching of gold and silver.

Always appreciated by tourists, the city of Trévoux still offers its visitors a historical heritage of great extent, in addition to an ideal geographical location to discover the most beautiful sites of the region.

Things to see and do

Located at the top of the Dombes coastline, the castle of Trévoux dates from the end of the thirteenth century. Classified to Historical Monuments, it has been redesigned many times over the centuries. One can still admire its octagonal dungeon of origin, partly built in golden stone, as well as two towers of the middle of the fourteenth century. The site offers an exceptional panorama on the valley of the Saône, the Beaujolais or the Monts d'Or.

Other castles take place in Trévoux, like those of Corcelles and Fétan, of the seventeenth century, both inscribed in Historical Monuments and private property.

The church of Saint-Symphorien, in neo-Romanesque style, takes place on the remains of the old fortress church. Built between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, it is oriented in the opposite direction to the traditional Catholic churches.

As you walk through the city, do not miss to admire the former Parliament Palace in Dombes with the beautiful scenery of the courtroom on the theme of Justice and Peace, or the apothecary of the the Montpensier Hospital. The latter notably reveals interesting woodwork, as well as a collection of pots inscribed in the complementary inventory of Historical Monuments.

The hotel of the governor of the Dombes, as well as the houses of the Sires de Villars, Warrior and Anginieur, all inscribed in the Historical Monuments, attract the attention.

Trévoux is rich in flowers in the competition of flowery towns and villages of France. It also has many green areas appreciated by the inhabitants for their charm and infrastructures, starting with the Cascades leisure center and its many fun and sporting activities.

Do not miss the Museum of Gold and Silver Drafting which traces the history of the former great local economy.

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Events and festivities

The market is held on Saturday morning. At the end of the year, the city also organizes a lively Christmas market.

In mid-July, the medieval towns of Trévoux take place in the old castle. On the program, a craft market, demonstrations of weapons, games for children or even historical reconstructions.

For the National Day, Trévoux offers fireworks and a popular ball.

At the end of August, the Festival De l'Ain à l'Autre is an opportunity to attend many concerts.

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