Quirieu, medieval site

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  • Site de Quirieu
  • Site de Quirieu
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The rural character of this village, in which nature and vegetation have regained their place, gives Quirieu its originality. This 'ghost village' has the appearance of a fairy tale where imagination and poetry rub shoulders with history.
Quirieu is a sleeping village that feels like the setting for a fairy tale.
Quirieu, located on the northern border of Dauphine, is now attached to the town of Bouvesse-Quirieu (Isère) and the Balcons du Dauphine Community of Towns and Villages. The site extends over a 4ha limestone hill forming a small, elongated and naturally steep plateau. On its eastern side, Quirieu dominates the Rhone and overlooks, from nearly 100 metres high, its alluvial terraces. To the east, facing the site, on the other side of the river, the first, powerful foothills of Bugey Meridional rise. To the west, Quirieu opens onto the cold lands of Bas Dauphine.
In the Middle Ages, it was one of the main Delphine strongholds. Quirieu enjoyed a privileged control situation over a region, a fluvial axis and a border (the Rhone, which separated Dauphine and Bugey here until 1601). After a period of apogee from the 14th to the 16th centuries, Quirieu was gradually abandoned. But the streets and housing of the old village are still very noticeable.
The rural character of this site, abandoned by man, where nature and vegetation have regained their place, gives Quirieu its originality. This 'ghost village' has the appearance of a fairy tale setting where dream, imagination and poetry rub shoulders with history.
The site is dotted with thematic panels that allow you to find out more about Quirieu independently. Walk along the paths in Quirieu and head to the orientation tables; you will discover the breathtaking panorama which the medieval site opens up onto. By looking down on this region, you will see how man has shaped this landscape with his expertise: traces of the ferry on the Rhone, multinational cement factory (Vicat), quarry basin, vineyards (Union of Bugey Wines, Montagnieu), hydraulic (CNR) and nuclear (EDF) industry, outdoor leisure centres (Vallée Bleue, Montalieu-Vercieu), crafts (Moulin d'Arche, Bouvesse-Quirieu) and the luxury furniture factory (Ligne Roset, Briord) etc.
Today Quirieu comes back to life during the occasional gentle tourism events, with historical story or musical strolls (evening moonlit tales at the end of June, chantier Concordia in July).
Période(s) d'ouvertureAll year round, daily.
  • Type of culturel patrimony :
    • Historic site and monument
  • Historical patrimony :
    • Historic patrimony
    • Ruins and remains
    • Medieval town
  • Period :
    • 14th C
    • 16th C
    • 15th C
Useful Information
  • Visit :
    • Educational visits
  • Entertainment :
    • Temporary exhibition
    • Activity
    • Shows
    • Concert
    • Theatre
  • Individual tour services :
    • Unguided individual tours available permanently
    • Guided individual tours on request
  • Leisure facilities :
    • Orientation board
  • Group tour services :
    • Guided group tours on request
  • Information panel language(s) :
    • French
    • English
  • Restaurants :
    • Restaurant in the close vicinity


Free of charge
Quirieu, medieval site
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Quirieu, site médiéval
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 45.788258
Longitude : 5.439673
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