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Heading towards Arbresle country...

Napoleon passed through here
Located only 5 kilometres from Arbresle, come and discover Fleurieux.
"I have seen lots of provinces but this is the most agreeable panorama that there is" Napoleon Bonaparte said on the subject of Fleurieux. The village, set amidst rich natural surroundings, offers beautiful views over the chateaux of Bel Air and Chêne.
Notice the XVth century church, several old wells, and as you meander further, roadside crosses and old farms, evidence of a rich agricultural past.

Beautiful Arbresle…
It is in this pretty village that Barthélemy Thimonnier, the inventor of the sewing machine, was born. The small streets surrounded by ancient houses will lead you to the top of the town where a beautiful XVth-century church has pride of place.
Ask for the free brochure entitled, “Circuit dans le vieux L’Arbresle”, at the Tourist Information Centre.

Meeting the silk-weavers
The exhibition on weaving at the Museum of Old Arbresle frequently invites former silk-weavers who present a loom dating from 1925 as well as miniature looms and show you how to prepare the thread and warp.
Musée du vieux l’Arbresle.
Open 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from May to September. Presentations on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month from May to September.
Tel: 04 74 01 48 87.

A wine and wine-making observatory will soon be open at the museum.


The unusual convent of Sainte-Marie-de-la-Tourette
Discover Eveux and its convent just a few kilometres away from Arbresle.
This strange and imposing monastic property designed by Le Corbusier in the 1950s will take you by surprise. Couvent de la Tourette. Open every day from 15 June to 15 September and every Saturday and Sunday during the rest of the year.
Guided tour – fee required.

Charles VIII was here…
Former stronghold of the abbey in the village of Savigny, legend has it that Sain Bel owes its name to Charles VIII who allegedly found the town to be “healthy and beautiful”.
It has kept its château which dominates the Brévenne Valley, old houses and an XIth-century sandstone church with golden stones. Next, off to the Sain Bel cooperative where you will find all the Coteaux du Lyonnais wines.

Mines in the West Lyonnais area!
The famous Sain Bel mines closed their last mineshafts in 1972. It is the retired miners, attached to preserving this local industrial heritage, who have set up this mining museum. It provides a retrospective exhibition on the history of copper pyrite mines and the extraction methods used. You will discover a reconstruction of a mine roadway in the basement complete with timbering and dummies as well as a collection of minerals and fossils. The highlight of the tour is the skeleton of an Ichthyosaur, 180 million years old!
Musée de la mine at Saint Pierre La Palud.
Open Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. from 1st March to 30th November.
Additional tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m. in July and August. Tel: 04 74 70 39 66.

 

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