HISTORICAL CENTER OF CHARLIEU
From its rich history, the town has preserved stone houses (13th century), picturesque half-timbered and corbelled houses (14th - 15th century) or in the Renaissance and classical style. It is pleasant to stroll through its medieval streets.
The first mention of the town of Charlieu dates from 994. It was created under the protection of the Benedictine Abbey, on the edge of the Duchy of Burgundy. This strategic position led the kings of France to take the city under their protection, such as Philippe Auguste who, in 1180, had it fortified. A prosperous city, it is populated by merchants and craftsmen, often weavers. In 1827, the silk weaving industry was established in Charlieu.