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  • 1 Place du Tilleul Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Tilleul

    It was originally called "Place de la Halle" but today only memories remain of the covered market that burnt down in 1839. Its current name refers to the lime tree that has stood at the centre of the square since 1792. The houses lining the..

  • 2 En-Haut (upper) gateway Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. des Rondes

    The En-Haut gateway is the main entrance to Pérouges, protected by the fortress-church of St Mary Magdalen. It offers an attractive view over the surrounding countryside. Its opposite number, the En-Bas gateway is on the opposite side of the town.

  • 3 Rue du Prince Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Prince

    Butchers, basketmakers, drapers, armourers and an apothecary once had their shops in rue du Prince, the town's main thoroughfare. The house of the Princes of Savoy, with exhibits relating to the former sovereigns, is open to public.

  • 4 Rue des Rondes Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. des Rondes

    This charming street, characteristic of bygone days, runs around the perimeter of the town in a circle. The Ostellerie manor, Grenier à Sel (salt barn) and Maison Thibaut beyond the En-Bas gateway are situated in this street.

  • 5 Lower gateway

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. des Rondes

    The En-Bas gateway, older than the En-Haut gateway, forms a semicircular arch. The outer façade bears a Latin inscription dating from 1468, relating the struggle between the Dauphiné and Savoie sovereigns who fought over this small town. There is a f..

  • 6 Tower Well

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la Tour

    Not far from the Ostellerie manor, this well used to provide the entire town with water. Above it, a tower built by the Romans and destroyed in 1749 was once used to communicate by means of light signals with a chain of similar towers reaching as far..

  • 7 The two fortification walls

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    prom. des Terreaux

    A few vestiges of the outer wall, accessible from the En-Haut gateway, can be seen by taking the attractive Terreaux promenade, which follows the trace of the moat. The interior fortification wall is almost complete and serves as part of the foundati..

  • 8 Church of St Mary Magdalen

    Religious buildings

    pl. de l'Église

    A church adjoining a fortress forms a harmonious group. This 15C building was a veritable watchtower, its crenellated fortifications, loopholes and watchpath emphasising this defensive aspect. The bell-tower, destroyed during the revolution, was rebu..

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