Enjoy your stay at the Brit Hotel L’Adresse and discover the major tourist attractions in the Rhône region.
Near to the hotel:
- the Dominican Convent ‘Sainte Marie de la Tourette’, constructed by Le Corbusier
- the Beaujolais region and its numerous caves
- the Monts du Lyonnais
- National Park of Le Pilat
Since the Neolithic period, as the polished axes and flint arrow heads found in Muzard demonstrate, L’Arbresle has been inhabited by humankind.
This human occupation, which has lasted several millennia, is due to its privileged location at a river crossing which protects and isolates a peninsula, which itself is overlooked by a great rock favourable to refuge, defence, and surveillance and control over the different passageways, at the intersection of the two valleys which are necessary paths for reaching the mountain ranges of Lyonnais and Beaujolais.
The roadway is one of the principal factors of L’Arbresle’s growth. L’Arbresle has been since the Middle Ages a pied-à-terre on French people’s journeys, for it is the most used and above all the shortest route linking Paris to Lyon. Over time it has become and taken the name of the ‘Paris-Lyon Highway’, a name that used to refer to the Route Nationale 7.
The history of the Abbey of Savigny is often confused with the history of L’Arbresle, with which it holds many things in common. The town was fortified by the Abbé Dalmace in the 11th century, and became over time one of the principal strongholds protecting the Abbey. The château endured various attacks during the Hundred Year War, but also beforehand due to feudal disputes, and fell into ruin during the decline of the Abbey in the 17th century.
L’Arbresle, situated in the outskirts of Lyon, was a much-frequented place which strongly appealed to the nobles and Lyon bourgeois who, in the 16th century, had houses and different buildings built in the architectural style of the era.
Throughout the 19th century, the village, still very much marked by its peasant population, slowly took on the appearance of a small industrial town, specialising in various fields but most of all in the velvet weaving domain.
Its development was accelerated towards the end of the 19th century by the arrival of the railway.
At the end of the 19th century manual weaving was still being slowly replaced by mechanical weaving, which would go on to develop and create several hundred weaving jobs in large factories or in small family workshops, often based in the home.
Peripheral activities to do with weaving, such as warping and many others, helped numerous residents of L’Arbresle to make a living.
The weaving trade in L’Arbresle met its end in the 1960s due to machination and mechanisation, which condemned the working population to a painful career change.
MUSEUM OF MINING AND MINERALOGY:
In Saint-Pierre-la-Palud, situated near to an old copper mine, the museum offers reproductions of different mining tunnels and work sites, and tells the story of exploitation from the 19th to the 20th century, also offering an exhibition of archives and different mining tools.
LAPIDARY MUSEUM OF THE ABBEY:
In Savigny, the collection offered by this museum is situated beneath the old vestibule which went through the Notre Dame church, and assembles around a hundred medieval sculptures (columns, keystones, pilasters...) originating from the ancient Saint Martin de Savigny Benedictine Abbey which played a leading role in Lyon’s medieval history.
THE MUSEOGRAPHICAL SPACE IN LYON’S ‘CAVE DE COTEAUX’:
In Sain-Bel, guided by ‘Bacchus’ the god of wine, you can witness the richness of Lyon’s heritage from antiquity to the present day, thanks to an interactive and enjoyable visit which will entertain adults and children alike.
SITES AND MONUMENTS:
CONVENT OF LA TOURETTE:
This monument of worldwide renown, situated in Eveux and built by Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, known as Le Corbusier” during the 20th century, rapidly became a symbol of the contemporary style.
Situated in Saint-Julien-sur-Bibost, this farm which has been exceptionally conserved, is a monument which speaks of home life in the Monts du Lyonnais during the 19th century. You can discover different farming equipment there, such as a contemporary press among others, but also art, such as mural paintings.
CARRIERES DE GLAY:
In Saint-Germain-sur-L’Arbresle, these yellow limestone quarries supplied the whole region with construction work, from the 15th century up until the middle of the 20th century. Today it is the only quarry in the Rhône region adapted for visits.
CHAPELLE DE RIPAN:
In Bessenay, this chapel overlooking the Brévenne valley offers a panoramic view over the Monts du Lyonnais.
It was built after 1870, in recognition of the Virgin Mary’s protection of the parish from the agony of war.
CHATEAU DE MONTBLOY:
This château, which looks over the old town of Saint-Bel and the Brévenne valley, was used to defend the Savigny Abbey during the 12th century. It was rebuilt during the 15th century to become a splendid home for the Albonna abbots. Sold as a state property during the Revolution, it housed a spinning mill in the 19th century. It was listed in the Supplementary Inventory of Historical Monuments in March 2001.