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Colors of Rhone-Alpes - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Rhône-Alpes, Château le Combet, La Répara-Auriples, Drôme The best time to explore the culture and traditions of the region are Christmas holidays. Each city of the province has its own unique traditions and interesting celebrations. In early December, Lyon hosts an annual festival of lights; it was first held in 1852. The history of this symbolic celebration is very interesting.
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In the mid19th century the new gilded statue of the Virgin Mary was installed in the town; locals couldn’t manage to sanctify it due to the bad weather. Thus, they decided to hold their own sanctification, so, after nightfall, they set lamps in their windows. Flashing lights were kind of tribute to the religious shrine.
A good tradition was caught on and, since 1852, a symbolic event was held every year supported by local authorities. In early December, an incredibly beautiful illumination is installed in the city; scenic old buildings and landmarks are adorned with original lights. Lyon Festival of Lights announces the beginning of Christmas holidays, during which there are curious events in each city. Copyright
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Quatres Glorieuses gastronomic exhibition is held in December; the name of this festival can be literally translated as ‘Four glories.’ This large-scale exhibition brings together the best poultry producers in the region. During the exhibition, visitors have an opportunity to taste a variety of dishes cooked of poultry of the highest quality. It is considered very honorable to win the contest.
Lac Pormenaz - Rhone-Alpes At the end of December, there is an exhibition of Christmas cribs in Montelimar. It includes unique pieces from private collections, among which there is a vintage crib of the 18th century, as well as masterpieces of modern masters. Visitors can learn a lot while exploring the museum exposition; the event will certainly appeal to those who are fond of Christmas holidays and exciting excursions. Annual holiday in Grignan continues the theme. An incredibly beautiful alpine village is constructed in it on the Christmas Eve; festive decorations occupy an area of ​​about 1000 square meters. All attenders can admire beautiful houses, figurines of animals and the world's largest crib; the exhibition is open to visitors during the festive period.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Rhone-Alpes
♥   Basilique Notre-Dame de l’Osier, Notre-Dame-de-l’Osier, 8.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Sacré-Cœur, Grenoble, 21 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Saint-Joseph, Grenoble, 22 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Grenoble, 22.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique-Cathédrale Saint-Apollinaire, Valence, 51.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette, Antsirabé, 54 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique-Cathédrale Saint-François-de-Sales, Chambéry, 57.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Rhone-Alpes
♥   Castle 'Château de La Sône' Isère, 14.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Arthaudière' Isère, 14.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Rochechinard' Drôme, 21.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Clermont' Isère, 31.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Virieu' Isère, 34.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Ratières' Drôme, 42.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Albon' Drôme, 47 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Rhone-Alpes and around

Gouffre Berger

From the series “Largest and Most Branched Caves on Earth”
The Gouffre Berger cave, located in France, was discovered in 1953 and was named in honor of the first researcher, Josef Berger. The general length of the high passages is about 32 km. This is the first cave in the world, whose mines were examined at depth of more than 1,000 meters. At present, the maximum depth of the excavated mine is 1 323 meters. … Read further

Grenoble Bastille

From the series “The Longest Ski-Lifts and Cable Trams in the World”
Truly unique object is Grenoble Bastille cable car. That’s the first facility of its kind that was built in the city. Opening of the ropeway took place on 29 September 1934. It has greatly facilitated access of local residents and visitors to one of the major attractions, the Bastille. The very first cabins of cable car looked different to current ones, as they’ve been designed for 21 passengers. … Read further
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Rhone-Alpes

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