A Unique Viewpoint over the Plain
A narrow road snakes through the rolling hills of Bugey to the small hamlets of Allymes and Breydevent. From there you can go on foot to the imposing, fortified castle enthroned on its natural mound. Built in the late thirteenth century on the foundations of an ancient earth and wood construction, this set of buildings consists of a wall, a square-based tower attached to a main building and a round tower which offers an incredible view as far as Beaujolais!
The Shadow of René de Lucinge
René de Lucinge, Savoy’s ambassador to France and Henry III from 1585 to 1589, made the Château des Allymes his family home. Writer, humanist and historian, it was he who was charged in 1601 by the Duke of Savoy with negotiating the Treaty of Lyon with Henry IV. Its signing marked the end of hostilities and the incorporation of Bresse, Bugey and the Pays de Gex into France.
Now a Protected and Preserved Château
Designated as a historical monument in 1960, the Château des Allymes is now open to the public. Guided tours, events and exhibitions (permanent and temporary) are scheduled each year. An admission pass for both the Château des Allymes / Abbaye d’Ambronay is now available.