Nature has forever taught us the art of healing, through the animal, plant and mineral kingdoms. Even as far back as the very first civilisations, man began to lay down the foundations of medicine. This early understanding of nature, however modest, would go on to be developed over the centuries.
There are a surprising number of apothecaries – the ancestor of today’s pharmacies – found in the region of Rhône-Alpes. A mystery which characterises this circuit, where you will have the opportunity to visit Thoissey and Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne’s apothecaries.
There are a total of 7 apothecaries in Ain – so, why such a large number in this area? Did the region have an important tradition for medicine and an early vocation for healthcare treatments? Or was it due to the plant life found in the mountains here and their medicinal properties? The local earthenware industry could be another explanation…
A unique legacy remains of this today, with rich collections of pottery and recipes based on poppies and “health chocolate” preserved in beautiful apothecaries, their walls adorned with wood panelling and fresco paintings from the time.
max. 274 m
min. 173 m
Style : Balade
La cité médiévale de Châtillon, nichée au bord de la Chalaronne, avec sa halle du XVe siècle, les vestiges de son château, de sa muraille ou son ancien hôpital doté d'une apothicairerie.
Situé sur le parvis de l'église, cette croix en pierre représente la scène du Calvaire et une statue de la Madone. De style gothique flamboyant (XIVe siècle), c'est l'un des calvaires les plus richement décorés du département.
Situé dans parc du Général Marchand, il a été mis en place en 2010 afin de mettre en valeur les nombreuse essences d'arbres du parc. Vous pouvez aussi visiter l' apothicairerie décorée de superbes boiseries en noyer patinées par le temps.
Au moulin des Vernes, s'est installé un musée vivant de la plante aquatique au sein d'un vaste parc paysager ponctué d'une multitude de cascades, ruisseaux et bassins où évoluent de véritables carpes koï du Japon au milieu de nénuphars et lotus. Un jardin de bambous enrichit le parc paysager. (crédits photo : Gilles Brevet)
Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne is located between Dombes and Bresse and is characterized by its commercial dynamism, the richness of its history and heritage and the beauty of its natural surroundings. It is a part of Ain that is well worth a visit.Situated on the banks of the River Chalaronne the medieval town of Châtillon-sur Chalaronne is full of historical places to visit such as Saint André’s Church and the Villars Gate. The town also has plenty of cafés and restaurants in addition to great places to stay.
Come and enjoy this wooded park, where the many species of trees are highlighted with explanatory panels. A play area and animals will delight children!(deer, hens, geese, ducks…)
External Monument located on the square of the church. Among rarest listed in the department. Decoration of an exceptional smoothness (calvary engraved on its 4 faces)Stone Cross representing a scene of the Martyrdom and a statue of the Madonna. Of Gothic style Blazing (16th century). It is one of the calvary most richly decorated with the department.
The Aquatic Gardens in St-Didier-sur-Chalaronne comprise 35,000m² of landscaped water gardens with an array of waterfalls, streams and ponds that are home to Koi Carp from Japan, water lilies, lotus plants and a bamboo garden.Ideally located between the Dombes &Saône and Beaujolais regions the aquatic gardens in Saint-Didier-sur-Chalaronne are beautifully landscaped water gardens full of colour. The multitude of pools in the gardens allows you to discover aquatic plants and flowers from all over the world and closer to home, in addition to the bamboo garden with over 50 species of bamboo. Let yourself be guided by the stream that crosses the park and you will be amazed by what a charming and tranquil place the Jardins Aquatiques really is.
Open all year.