The charming medieval city of Charlieu is revealed among the "most beautiful detours of France"
40 minutes from Paray-le-Monial and 30 minutes from Roanne, on the road linking the Saône Valley to the Loire Valley, Charlieu invites you to discover it from the Relais de l'Abbaye.
A halt on the Great European Cultural Route of the Cluniac sites, the charming village presents a rich and varied architectural heritage: its Benedictine abbey, the church St-Philibert, the Convent of the Cordeliers, the Hotel-Dieu, the Museum of the Silk ... and beckons you to stroll through its picturesque streets lined with pretty half-timbered houses built between the 13th and 19th centuries.
Nestling on the edge of the Beaujolais mountains from the rich plain of the Loire to the gentle Charolais hills, Charlieu is the ideal starting point for a beautiful discovery of our Auvergne Rhône Alpes region.
18 km away, the capital of textile creation, elegant and festive Roanne reveals its treasures ... Its ancient center with its historic squares and pedestrian streets, its market halls, its 12th century castle, its banks and bridges along the Loire and of course its starred toques which made it famous all over the world.
Not to mention the beautiful surrounding villages such as: Ancy-le-Duc, Le Crozet, Saint-Maurice, La Clayette ... And its greenway with an entrance only 200m from the Relais de l'Abbaye.
Saint Philibert Church
The parish church St Philibert was built at the beginning of the 13th century in a Burgundian Gothic style whose flat bedside is of Cistercian influence. The original building corresponds to the present choir of the church: the choir, the nave and the aisles were built in the 14th century, the chapels added to the 16th-16th centuries, the last two bays in 1864. restoration was completed in spring 2001.
The church has 15C polychrome carved wooden stalls which are a major work presenting saints and apostles holding a creed phrase.
Their exceptional character is confirmed in the study that was devoted to them in 2016
The Hospital Museum
The hotel-Dieu of Charlieu was originally in the enclosure of the Benedictine Abbey of the city where he welcomed, in the Middle Ages, poor and pilgrims. In the seventeenth century, it is located in the "Grand Rue" Charlieu. From then on, it is nuns of the Order of St. Martha who will provide care to the sick.
The hotel-Dieu closed its doors in 1981. It is in its walls, a superb building of the XVIII °, that was created the Hospital Museum. It allows to discover reconstructions of rooms dating from the late nineteenth to the 1950s: the large room of the sick with its bed alignments, but also the rooms of care and operations and lingerie.