Bourg-en-Bresse Travel Guide

  • Folk Dancers Before the Church
    Folk Dancers Before the Church
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  • Flanking Statue On Door Jamb
    Flanking Statue On Door Jamb
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  • Baptismal Font (16C)
    Baptismal Font (16C)
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Bourg-en-Bresse Things to Do

  • Brou Church: The Cloisters

    At all monasteries there are cloisters. At Brou they are three in number, of which we visited only the largest which was built at the same time as the other buildings (1506). The upper floor was the monk's dormitories which today houses the deparmental museum (art,etc) which we did not visit. The use of sculptor-stoneworkers was not exhausted...

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  • Brou Church: Chapel of Margaret of...

    The Chapel of Margaret contains both her Tomb and the reredos of the Seven Joys of the Virgin.(See separate Tip) It is tall and well decorated . It also contains remarkable stained glass windows which should not be missed ( we have no pictures of this).

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  • Brou Church: Mausoleum of Margaret of...

    The Tomb of Margaret of Austria, the donor of this edifice, lies in a specially designed chapel to the North. It has a tall elaborately sculpted canopy and it also contains two effigies. On the tomb are protective Sibyls as gracefull statuettes.

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  • Brou Church: Mausoleum of Philibert the...

    The Tomb of Philibert the Fair, has two effigies (in life above, and in death below). His handsome head rests on a pillow and there is a lion at his feet as well as numerous cherubs all around. The tomb is in the center of the apse.

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  • Brou Church: Mausoleum of Margaret of...

    The Tomb of Margaret of Bourbon, mother of Philibert, is the simplest of the three tombs. It lies at the South side of the choir area. She lies on a black marble slab with her head resting on a pillow and a grayhound at her feet. Below, the slab is supported by pleurants and proclaiming cherubs.

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  • See "The Seven Joys of the Virgin"...

    The retable of the “Seven Joys of the Virgin” is carved in whitel marble and is set in the Chapel of Margaret of Austria. It is surrounded by statues and contains seven scenes. At the bottom are an Annunciation and a Visitation while above is a central Assumption with pairs of lateral panels of a Nativity and an Adoration of the Magi below, topped...

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  • Do Not Miss the Church Furnishings

    The church is filled with superb 16C stained glass (some of it copied from works of Durer) but we only took a picture of one window ina chapel of the North Transept showing the Incredulity of Thomas. Another remarkable item is a black marble baptismal font near the front door. Equally interesting are the carved choir stalls , especially the arm...

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  • Examine the Church Interior

    The church has been deconsecrated, and it and the Mausoleum are considered works of Art. The detail is so precise that one hates to miss even the smallest nuance. It is Flamboyant Gothic with Renaissance flourishes achieved in the period of 1513-32. The stonework is by master craftsmen working from illustrations (some derived from Durer), as is the...

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  • Study the West Portals of the Church of...

    The West Portals of the church is a carefully carved Renaissance masterpiece. It is a double doorway with a statue of St. Nicholas of Tolentino (to whom the church is dedicated) on the central pillar. The tympanum shows Philibert the Handsome and Margaret of Austria (his wife and donor of the church) and also Margaret of Bourbon, whose vow led to...

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  • alambi

    this was used (and still is illegally) to produce a very strong white clear alcohol drink called either "Alambi" or "Eau de vie".This one as been used as decoration entrance of a house and can be seen in the village of Cerdon.It s either drunk by pourring a bit on a sugar piece or is drunk as what french call a "trou normand" which is a pause in a...

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  • bresse museum

    the outside of the museum left exactly as the way it was in these times.It is not allowed to take pictures inside the house.the visit was in french but i would guess they have someone speaking english.

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  • the Bresse museum

    This farm is from 1603 and represent the local and rural "bressane" achitecture between the 15th century and the 18th century.the inside has been kept with the furniture they had at this time.the entrance is about 4.5 euros.check out the opening times as it varies a lot. it s closed on tuesdays

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  • the Brou museum

    attached to the church is also a art museum.you will see lyonnais paintings, painting from the regional painters, "flamand" and "hollandais" arts of the 16th and 17th century, italians painting and more.it s 6.10 euros to visit the church, museum and other.it s free for under 18. it s 4.10 for 18 to 25 or big familiesthe access to the gardens is...

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  • the Vonnas Village

    It s one of France leading gourmet village and has a nationnal award for flowerbeds and floral decoration.that is where the best rated restaurant in france is based so if you are in the area, spoil yourself and have a meal in the Georges Blanc restaurant, it s expensive but something for your tastebuds to remember.

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  • Cerdon village

    cute village in the mountains of the Revermont area known for it s sparkling wine le "Cerdon". you can taste all the different kind of Cerdon wine in a little degustation bar(background of the picture).you can also visit the "cuivreries"where they make brass objects and the wine museum Caveaux de Marcheroux(0474399430, phone for opening times)

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  • Chambod lake

    it s actually a river but because of the dam it s become more like a lake.Nice place to have a swim in the summer time, there is a little island that has got a little beach with some games for the kids, you can also rent canoe/kayaks and small sailing boats.the fee to enter the island is about 2.5 euros for the day but if you go before 9am, no need...

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  • the "Brou" church

    the monastery of Brou was commissioned by Margaret of Austria and built between 1506 and 1532 and is of Gothic architecture. Margaret of Austria who was widowed at the age of 24,fulfilled a vow taken by her mother in law, rebuilding the priory in Brou in her honor and as a sign of the love she felt for her deceased husband, Philibert the Fair, Duke...

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  • bresse museum

    you can also view all the tools they were using at this times between the 15th century and the 18th century in a adjacent building. here is "caleche" that was use for to bring back stock and supplies.

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  • "la cueille" village

    cute village of "la cueille" and in the background the castle where the daughter of the General de Gaulles got married. it s apparently still owned by the Gaulles family.

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  • Boa castle

    this castle has burnt a while ago, i was trying to find out the history behind it but could not find anybody around to explain.close to it was some "chambres d'hotes" where you can stay.

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  • a typical old style "bressane" farm

    those farms were built in isolated spots close rich fertile land. they were built of cob, daub and brick.the amazing thing is that because these houses were built of relatively light materials, they could be moved to a new location if they were sold or sequestred.Nowdays in the area , people try to renovate a lot these houses to live in it.

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Bourg-en-Bresse Restaurants

  • Bresse Chicken

    Having heard so much about the select poultry of Bresse, we decided to splurge and eat at the Auberge. (It is rated 4 forks and one rosette by Michelin). It lived up to our expectations. We selected a lunch featuring poularde de Bresse a la creme aux champignons (their specialty). If we had had more time in the area we would have stayed at and...

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  • A memorable meal

    We ate the famous Bresse chicken, and 3 other courses besides that. The dessert trolley was absolutely fabulous. After choosing we ended up with 3 desserts each! The Bresse chicken was wonderful. It comes served 'roti' or simply roasted, with it's little metal ring around one of its legs to prove that it is actually a Bresse-chicken, the best in...

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  • great food

    the restaurant has been rated as one of the best in france and is situated in the cute flowery Vonnas village.Georges Blanc is the fourth of a generation who have managed a restaurant in Vonnas. no wonder that the cuisine is delightful, skills must have been passed on.you will find traditional french dishes and a few dishes particular to the...

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Bourg-en-Bresse Local Customs

  • A Month Long Celebration of Ain Culture

    As we sat down for lunch across from the Monastery of Brou, we saw a cluster of colorfully costumed individuals assemble in front of the church. Quickly a group of well-dressed individuals appeared (obviously officials), a ribbon was placed, a short speech given, the ribbon cut. Our waiter told us that it being June 1, a month long celebration of...

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  • snails or froggs??????????

    the area is well known for its snails and froggs dishes, i m sure it s not tempting to everyone but if you feel adventurous, please do try.it s best when eaten with a garlic and parsley butter sauce.

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  • hanging corn

    in the past, the people use to hang the corn until it s dry and then use it tpo fed the chickens by scrapping it.nowdays, it s use to decorate oustide the houses.

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Bourg-en-Bresse Sports & Outdoors

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    by sylvie-uk Updated Aug 2, 2004

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    enjoy a little journey on a horse to discover the mountains of the revermont.
    There are horses for both kids and adults
    Club Hippique des Rochettes.
    tel:0474250193 or 0684362193

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