The Medieval City of Perouges…with Paula Gilhooley



About 30 kilometers from Lyon is the hilltop Medieval town of Perouges, overlooking the Dombas Plateau. It was founded by a Gallic colony returning from Perogia Italy in the 11th century.   In the 12th century it was granted a communal franchises and the textile industry bloomed in the town and lasted through the 18th century.    It has the reputation of being one of the most beautiful villages in France. This fortified village of Perouges has been conserved since 1
911 by the Beaux Arts Commission and as such has attracted several film companies and has been featured in “The Three Musketeers” and “Monsieur Vincent”.

Once you pass through the gates of En Haut (High Gate) you discover  narrow cobbled river stone streets lined with old facades and a 15th century church that resembles a fortress.  The timber framed houses with its mullioned windows take you on a journey…

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