Embrun, Old Center

Former archiepiscopal city, built on a conglomerate rock of 80 m, overlooking the Durance, has become a hospitable resort town, with a remarkable architectural heritage.
The quality of its climate is worth the name of Nice of the Alps.The old town is a history book that leaves leaf through, step by step: centuries-old buildings, 14th century corbelled houses, houses "Renaissance" porches, fountains, Lombard arches, sculptures ..

La Maison des Chanonges

Facing the porch of the Cathedral  , La maison des Chanonges is a 13th century building listed as a Historic Monument. Its beautiful Romanesque facade is punctuated by a series of twin bays and a sculpture in high relief depicts a lion devouring a goat in the upper part. Inside the building, the coffered ceiling of the 13th century, the mural of 1513, evoking the legend of St Eustache and upstairs, the French ceiling of the 17th century, give this house, the oldest of Embrun , a remarkable aspect. La Maison du Patrimoine Embrunais and the seat of the cultural service of the city organize exhibitions, conferences and meetings throughout the year.

La Maison des Gouverneurs (XIVème)

This building resents a magnificent Renaissance doorway with  a lion half-length, holding a head between his legs.

La Tour Brune

Built at the beginning of the 12th century, this former dungeon of the archbishops, alternately safe, arsenal, prison, has been converted into a museum space where the Ecrins National Park invites you to read and interpret the landscapes of the Embrun and proposes a program of conferences. Open from June to September. Info on 04 92 43 49 48.

La Manutention,

Old barracks built in the seventeenth century according to the plans of Vauban, was rehabilitated in 2008 in "Forum de la Vie Embrunaise", the rooms on the floors are made available to associations for the development of their activities.

Les Capucins, place of contemporary art.
This ancient chapel of the order of the Capucins has known many events throughout history, consecrated in 1645, it is invested by the army in 1842 and becomes an arsenal. It is currently being rehabilitated as a contemporary art center for the promotion of the visual arts through the setting up of exhibitions.

Les Chapelles du Couvent des Cordeliers,

Vaulted with ogives, those chapels were adorned with remarkable frescoes dated from the 15th and 16th centuries, by Italian painters. The four north side chapels house the Tourist Office.

To improve your visit , you can buy a guide called "Découverte culturelle du vieil Embrun". It is for sale at the Tourist Office (€ 2).

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