Oingt is a former commune in the Rhône department of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in eastern France, 40 minutes by car from Lyon in the Beaujolais region.

On 1 January 2017, Le Bois-d’Oingt, Oingt and Saint-Laurent-d’Oingt merged becoming one commune of Val d’Oingt.

It is a classified and restored mediaeval village overlooking the valley of the Azergues river and belongs to the Pays des Pierres dorées (“Golden stone country”), known for its use of local limestone containing iron oxide which gives it a distinctive golden colour.

It is listed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France (Les Plus Beaux Villages de France).

The village is strongly oriented towards tourism. About 17 artists and craftsmen are present in Oingt, which has several restaurants, three lodges and a guest room, as well as five cellars. A few small businesses are also present.

Main attractions

The castle of Oingt, founded by vassals of the Count of Forez in the eleventh century, was rebuilt in the thirteenth or fourteenth century. It was destroyed during the wars of religion. The castle chapel was mentioned in 1079. From medieval times, the cylindrical dungeon of the fourteenth century, classified as a fortified building in the inventory of historical monuments since 1937, and the ruins of the dwellings of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries remain.

We can also mention the Porte du Nizy, the parish church and the castle of Prony. The latter is located below the bourd d’Oingt; property of Gaspard de Prony (1755-1839), it was “embellished” in the 19th century, but it retains elements from the 14th or 15th century.

An international festival of barrel organs and mechanical music has been taking place in the town for more than three decades, and there is a museum on this theme.

Every December since 2004, the Oingt en Crèches exhibition brings together more than one hundred nativity scenes of unique creations, for the most part, by the inhabitants and craftsmen themselves. They are exhibited in the various streets and windows.

Shortest distances by car

From Paris: 4 hr 38 min (452 km) via A6

From Lyon: 40 min (36.6 km) via A6

From Toulouse: 5 hr 1 min (531 km) via A20 and A89

From Marseille: 3 hr 39 min (344 km) via A7

From Nice: 5 hr 14 min (503 km) via A8 and A7

From Monaco: 5 hr 39 min (525 km) via A8 and A7

From Andorra: 7 hr 24 min (650 km) via A9 and A7

From Madrid: 11 hr 44 min (1,214 km) via A89

From Moscow: 30 hr (2,965 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 14 hr 57 min (1,495 km) via E70 and A4

From Istanbul: 25 hr (2,454 km) via E70

From Bern: 3 hr 36 min (338 km) via A1

Main information

Area: 4 km2

Population: 661

Coordinates: 45°56′55″N 4°34′59″E

Language: French, Provençal

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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