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  • 1 Place des Cordeliers

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. des Cordeliers

    This is where, in the presence of astonished notables, two paper manufacturers from Annonay, the Montgolfier brothers, took off in the first air balloon on 7 June 1783: one of humanity's greatest dreams became a reality. To the right of the tourist o..

  • 2 Place de la Libération

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Libération

    Their statues have been erected on this square at the entrance to old Annonay. Among them, the Montgolfier brothers and Marc Seguin (1786-1875), the inventor of the tubular steam-engine boiler. And for those who are indifferent to these innovators, t..

  • 3 Trachin Chapel

    Religious buildings

    r. Boissy-d'Anglas

    A Gothic building, the remains of a priory founded in 1320 by a citizen of Annonay, Guy of Trachin. What did this fine fellow look like? You can see his bust above the North porch.

  • 4 Montgolfier bridge

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Montgolfier

    Upstream, you can see the old, 14C Valgelas bridge and downstream, the river runs through the dark, narrow Fouines gorge, bordered by disused taweries.

  • 5 Tour des Martyrs

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    chemin des Terres

    The tower and the ancient convent of Sainte-Marie can be seen at the crossroads of avenue de l'Europe and rue de la Valette.

  • 6 Place de la Liberté

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Liberté

    A square that comes to life on Wednesdays and Saturdays: these are market days in Annonay, when the atmosphere colourful and animated; not the best day to be at leisure to take in the view of the Chapelle de Trachin, but never mind! To the northwest ..

  • 7 César-Filhol Vivarois museum

    Museums and art

    15 rue Jean-Baptiste-Béchetoille

    Apart from the Montgolfier brothers and Marc Seguin (a model of his locomotive, 1828), we should mention the Seguin brothers who developed the rotary aircraft motor, the Gnôme, in 1908 - and the reconstitution of a traditional Vivarois kitchen.

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