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Visites guidées Pays d'art et d'histoire - Circuit des Trésors Cachés

Tue. march 2, 2021


Special Covid-19 Information
Visites guidées organisées en plein air, dans le strict respect des gestes barrière et des conditions de rassemblement. Port du masque obligatoire (non fourni)

Présentation de l’histoire de Villefranche-sur-Saône et de son architecture du Moyen-Age à la période moderne au cœur du Site Patrimonial Remarquable.
Visite guidée équipée d’un audiophone pour le confort de visite.

Villefranche dethroned Beaujeu in the 16th century due to Beaujeu’s decentralized location. Beautiful residences were constructed during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. They were occupied by men of law, hotels and the wealthy bourgeoisie. But they remain faithful to the traditional layout dictated by long and narrow plot division. The edifice situated along the main street (the current rue Nationale) is separated by an interior courtyard from a second edifice. These constructions are connected at each level by galleries, initially in wood and then in stone. The discovery of these Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque or classical courtyards constitutes a wonderful initiation into art history. During the 17th century, the former Hôtel de Ville and Hôtel Dieu (hospital – now the Visitors Center) were built in a harmonious and sober style. Since 1790, the Sous-Prefecture has been in the former Cordeliers Convent which was built in the 18th century. During the 19th century, Villefranche became an industrial city particularly in the textile industry. The city will adapt to the crisis in the textile industry during the 20th century by diversifying its economic activity as can be seen in the buildings of the new Hôtel de Ville, the Marché Couvert (covered market), la Chambre de Commerce, the renovation of the theatre and the construction of a commercial zone. An active and enterprising city, Villefranche has always been able to preserve and renovate its rich architectural history.
The Caladois history presents a large scope of the history of art in an urban area. Certain aspects of the choir of the church Notre Dames des Marais are roman while the remainder of the building is Gothic and the façade flamboyant. The same applies to several edifices built at the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th century decorated with ogee arches and hooked pinnacles. Renaissance art is particularly notable on the facades of numbers 594 and 407 on the rue Nationale with their lowered arches and prominent cornices.
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represented by the courtyard of the “Auberge de la Coupe d’Or” or the “Maison Roland”. Finally, several constructions occurred during the 20th century such as the covered market, the Ferdinand Buisson school, La Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie, the Bointon pool, the Palais de Justice and the hospital complex.

Spoken languages

  • en
  • fr

Opening hours

Tuesday 16 February 2021 at 2.30 pm.
Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 2.30 pm.
Tuesday 2 March 2021 at 2.30 pm.

Additional reservation

Sur réservation obligatoire en ligne.

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