Yvoire Tourist Office
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
N 46° 22.174 E 006° 19.634
32T E 294427 N 5138582
Quick Description: This medieval bourg still possesses some of the essential elemants of the fortifications of the 14th Century : the castle, doors, ramparts...
Location: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Date Posted: 9/13/2006 12:56:13 PM
Waymark Code: WMQBM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 53

Long Description:
The town tourist office is located in the town hall building (known as the "Mairie" in French).

Known as a modest fishing village in the beginning of the century, Yvoire is now ranked as one of the International Laureates of Floral Decorations, and is a member of the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages of France. This medieval city will celebrate its 700 years in 2006.

Since ancient times, the upper valley of the Rhône and Lake Leman have formed a route through the Alps between Italy and France ; the lake itself, with its varying winds, facilitates the transport of goods which are carried on lateen-rigged boats.

Yvoire’s strategic position, on a point between the “small lake” and the “large lake” did not escape the notice of Count Amédée V the Great, who under took important fortifications from 1306, during the war between the Dauphiné and Savoy.
For half a century, the village of Yvoire had a very important military rôle, which earned certain freedoms for its inhabitants in 1324.

Later, when the whole region was occupied by the Bernese, allies of the French and Genevese from 1536 to 1591, the village lost its ramparts and military rôle ; the castle was burnt and remained roofless for 350 years.

For a long period, Yvoire sank back into anonymity and the proud strongpoint became a village of farmers and fishermen.
Important evidence of the past has been miraculously preserved : the castle, ramparts and fortified gateways, ditches and houses. These must be restored and brought to life, yet protected against the ravages of modernity so as to preserve the atmosphere.
Hours of Operation:
October to march : monday to friday 9.30 to 12.30 and 13.30 to 17.00 April to june : monday to saturday 9.30 to 12.30 and 13.30 to 17.00 and sunday 12.00 to 16h00 July and august : monday to sunday 9.30 to 12.30 and 13.30 to 18.00

Public Washrooms: No Washroom Facilities Available

Snacks/Drinks at the facility: Yes - Store or similar

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