Die is a commune, sub-prefecture of the Drôme department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region (France). The commune of Die is located approximately (60 km) east of Valence, prefecture of the department.

Die is situated in the valley of the river Drôme, surrounded by the Glandasse mountain (2,041 m), a massive and steep rocky barrier, which separates the area (Pays Diois) from the Vercors Plateau (Alps). The territory of the commune of Die is part of the regional natural park.

Die is perhaps best known for its sparkling wine Clairette de Die.

The region around Die is known as the Diois.

Tourism and main attractions

Notre-Dame Cathedral, Place de l’Horloge. It is classified as a historic monument. Additions from the 12th and 13th centuries. It was destroyed by the Protestants then rebuilt in the 17th century: porch with sculpted capitals from the 12th century.

Saint-Nicolas chapel of the former episcopal palace. Romanesque mosaic from the 12th century.

The episcopal palace was based on the Gallo-Roman enclosure, of which the chapel occupied a tower. Its construction dates from the 11th and 12th centuries. Traces of painted coatings (12th and 13th centuries) still remain.

Gallo-Roman ramparts from the 3rd and 4th centuries: these 3.60 m thick walls are 2 km long. They are classified as historical monuments.

Saint-Marcel Roman Gate (main gate of the city) (3rd century). It is classified as a historic monument.

Numerous Roman inscriptions, capitals and medieval sculptures are reused in the facades of urban houses.

Old residences with 15th century vaults, facades from the 16th century to the 18th century, painted ceilings.

Renaissance period houses, in the Saint-Vincent district.

The renaissance house known as Diane de Poitiers.

A 16th century tower is visible on the facade in rue de l’Armellerie in Die.

Court and town hall installed in the former episcopal palace.

Château Saint-Laurent, listed as a historic monument.

The Hôtel Vallentin du Cheylard (current sub-prefecture), built and luxuriously decorated during the first quarter of the 19th century by Lucien Vallentin du Cheylard (1800-1863).

Le Clos des Eglises, route de Romeyer, former country house of the Vallentin du Cheylard family (19th century), built on older foundations.

The Tour de Purgnon: vestige of an episcopal castle transformed into a Marian chapel in the 19th century.

The House of the notary Chambron is listed as a historic monument.

The Museum of Die and Diois (musée de France, municipal) houses archaeological and historical collections dating back to the Neolithic period. The Gallo-Roman period, the richest, is illustrated by the taurobolic altars, classified as historical monuments. The Middle Ages of this episcopal city and the ravages of the Wars of Religion are also presented. The museum is located in an 18th-century mansion in the city center (open from April to October).

Shortest distances by car

From Paris: 6 hr 46 min (632 km) via A6

From Lyon: 2 hr 14 min (171 km) via A7

From Marseille: 2 hr 51 min (246 km) via A7

From Nice: 4 hr 21 min (416 km) via A8 and A7

From Monaco: 4 hr 34 min (428 km) via A8 and A7

From Andorra: 6 hr 29 min (599 km) via A9

From Madrid: 11 hr 53 min (1,177 km) via A-2

From Moscow: 33 hr (3,142 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 15 hr 22 min (1,484 km) via E70 and A4

From Istanbul: 26 hr (2,433 km) via A4

From Bern: 5 hr 2 min (400 km) via A1 and A41

Main information

Area: 57 km2

Population: 4 803

Coordinates: 44°45′13″N 5°22′13″E

Language: French

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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