Jarnioux is a former commune in the Rhône department in eastern France (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, Beaujolais). On 1 January 2019, it was merged into the commune Porte des Pierres Dorées. Located about 40 minutes by car from Lyon.

Main attractions

  • The manor of the Guard (private, rental of rooms for events);

  • The Sainte Catherine chapel;

  • The flag of the Holy Spirit and the stele linked to the Heiho Niten Ichi Ryu Memorial;

  • The viaduct of the old Beaujolais railway

The castle

The castle of Jarnioux is a former fortified castle, founded at the end of the 13th century or at the beginning of the 14th century, profoundly altered from the 15th to the 17th century.

The castle is the subject of a partial registration as historical monuments by decree of May 16, 1966. Only all the facades and roofs are registered.

The castle is presented as a pentagonal enclosure, erected on the side of the attack, a large cylindrical keep. The other angles are provided with round towers.

The castle is made up of buildings of different styles, witnesses of the alterations carried out over the centuries.

The original construction, in golden Beaujolais stones, dates from the 13th century. Six towers, including the keep which reached 30 meters in height, were added later.

A Renaissance wing is attributed to Philibert Delorme.

The monumental entrance included a drawbridge, now replaced by a masonry bridge but of which there are clearly visible traces.

Shortest distances by car

From Paris: 4 hr 16 min (444 km) via A6

From Lyon: 45 min (40.6 km) via A6

From Marseille: 3 hr 57 min (349 km) via A7

From Nice: 4 hr 59 min (508 km) via A8 and A7

From Toulouse: 5 hr 9 min (541 km) via A20 and A89

From Monaco: 6 hr 19 min (550 km) via A8

From Andorra: 7 hr 12 min (701 km) via A9 and A7

From Madrid: 11 hr 39 min (1,226 km) via A89

From Moscow: 29 hr (2,957 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 14 hr 25 min (1,497 km) via E70 and A4

From Istanbul: 24 hr (2,446 km) via E70

From Bern: 3 hr 26 min (331 km) via A1

Main information

Area: 4 km2

Population: 658

Coordinates: 45°57′56″N 4°37′41″E

Language: French

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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See here Pyrenees travel guide

See here Andorra travel guide


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