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Churches and Chapels

A true symbol of the local building style with their layers of round stones, our churches and chapels will also enchant you thanks to their natural setting…Perched on top of a hill or nestled in a woodland, simply enjoy discovering these amazing buildings…

Village guided tour 

It is difficult to choose where to stop for a visit as you can see an amazing variety of building styles, intimate village atmospheres as in Revel, a charming medieval village, or discovering some of the real gems in the town of La Cote St André. So there is plenty of choice on offer, from wandering around to enjoying a coffee on a bar terrace.

Worth Seeing

Take a selfie with the statue of liberty of Roybon ! 

Chapelle Notre-Dame de Sciez

Built in the 19th century, this chapel is located on top of a small hill. You will be able to see in the distance the Vercors, Chartreuse and Belledonne mountain ranges thanks to a panoramic viewpoint.
En Sciez 38260 La Côte-Saint-André
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Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste

This neo-Roman edifice has been compared to a Gothic inspired project. On the outside, we can find some Roman artistry from the Auvergne region such as modillion cornices or multi coloured coves.
38940 Roybon
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Roybon Parcours de mémoire de galets

Nestled in the heart of a huge forest, Roybon is the capital of the Chambaran. You can see the spirit of this land stamped amongst the clay, the cob and the round stone houses so typical of the area. You can follow the 'round stones memory' trail (booklet available in our Tourist Information Centres).
40, Place du Maquis de Chambaran (siège social) 38940 Roybon
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Eglise St Michel

A choir from the 15th century and a spire from the 16th century. In 1892 the central nave was demolished to extend the church, and a new narrow nave and two lateral ones were built. Some paintings date back to that period. Also in the sacristy there is a painting on wood dating from the second half of the 15th century.
Rue de la République 38270 Beaurepaire
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Eglise Prieurale Notre Dame de Tourdan

The Notre Dame de Tourdan priory dates back to the 11th century. You can discover the outside walls from the previous Benedictine priory from the 17th century and roman and gothic architecture.
38270 Revel-Tourdan
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Saint Etienne de Saint Geoirs - bourg

38590 Saint-Étienne-de-Saint-Geoirs
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La Madone du Devès

Notre Dame des vents, also called the Deves Madona, was built in 1954 in a place carrying the name 'Le Deves' on the site of a former fortified castle. It overlooks the Bievre Valley with outstanding panoramic views at 653m high.
Lieu dit le Devès 38590 Saint-Michel-de-Saint-Geoirs
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Abbaye Notre Dame de Chambarand

Built in 1868, this is a Cistercian monks foundation (more widely known as Trappist monks). Open to the public all year round. Please be quiet around the praying area. Prayers are open to the public.
La Trappe - 201 impasse du monastère 38940 Roybon
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Circuit Jongkind

Follow the footsteps of the forerunner of the Impressionist movement, embarking on a walk from the villages of Virieu s/Bourbre to Balbins. Taking in the information boards dotted along the route you will discover scenes of everyday life, villages and landscapes that all inspired the artist.
38260 La Côte-Saint-André
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Eglise Saint Pierre de Marnans

The current church was probably built in the 12th century and is in fact the only edifice that has been saved from an old priory. Listed as a 'French Historical Monument' since 1846, this church remains one of the most important Roman constructions in the Dauphiné region.
Place du Prieuré 38980 Marnans
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Eglise de la Vierge et son Carillon

Built in 1862 by the abbot Theodore Combalot, this church boasts the oldest set of bells in the whole of the Rhone Alpes region. Famed for its' 19 bells, the church and the bells were listed under the 'French Historical Monuments' in 1991.
38980 Châtenay
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Moulin de Nantoin

This wheat flour mill from the 19th century boasts the biggest wheel in France with a diameter of 10m which is listed. The grain shutes inside the mill have now been removed. The tour and information panels are available outside the mill.
Route du Moulin 38260 Nantoin
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Eglise Saint Etienne

This church has been updated and modified throughout the centuries, and showcases Roman, Gothic and neo-Gothic architectural styles. One of the chapels and its mural are listed on the complementary list of the 'French Historical Monuments'.
38590 Saint-Étienne-de-Saint-Geoirs
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Eglise Saint André

With a clever mix of Roman and Gothic art, you will be charmed by this listed (French Historical Monuments) church.
Place Saint-André 38260 La Côte-Saint-André
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La Ferme des Bonnettes

The buildings of the 'Bonnettes' hamlet are representative of the evolution of the rural building style of the Chambaran from the end of the 'modern era' to the beginning of the 'contemporary era'.
38980 Viriville
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Chapelle du Serrein

Dating from the 19th century this chapel is a typical example of the local building style which uses round stones.
38940 Saint-Clair-sur-Galaure
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La Côte-Saint-André-Centre bourg

Discover the ancient charm of this small town, with its cob and round stone houses, its church, the Louis 11th castle and the medieval covered market.
38260 La Côte-Saint-André
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Ancienne gare de Roybon

The former railway station is now home to the Tourist Information office. This character building stands witness to the former railway line linking Lyon to St Marcellin via Viriville and St Antoine l'Abbaye.
40 place du maquis de Chambaran 38940 Roybon
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Chapelle de la Salette

Modified greatly in the 18th century, this church from the 'Mandement de Bellegarde' era was built in the Middle Ages on top of a large rocky mount. The chapel was mentioned as early as the 11th century when it was dedicated to St Saturnin.
chemin de la Salette 38270 Bellegarde-Poussieu
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