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What is a geosite?
UNESCO states that a site under the Geopark label "can be classed as a geosite if it possesses features of scientific interest, rarity, beauty, and educational value. Sites of ecological, archaeological, historical and cultural importance must necessarily be included as additional geosites representing intangible geological heritage".
To this can be added, in the context of the Beaujolais Geopark project, that a geosite is a place where one or more object(s) and/or outstanding geological phenomena can be observed as the visible manifestation(s) of the geological history, events or processes that created it.
The main roles of a geosite are:
- To promote the exploration, development or celebration of the relations between geoheritage and other natural, cultural and intangible heritage aspects;
- To educate or inform the public about geoheritage;
- To contribute to sustainable local development; ...
It is important to bear in mind that, for reasons of conservation or of accessibility, not all geosites are suitable to be opened up to the public.
NB: The information given here is taken from the Apidae touristic database.
Since the material related to the Beaujolais Geopark project is currently in the process of being added to this database, the information given here is incomplete.
Please accept our apologies.
Tant d'histoires à explorer !
Le Geopark Beaujolais recèle des trésors pour qui sait apprécier les paysages préservés, la nature généreuse et les produits du terroir... Chaque détour réserve des points de vue insoupçonnés, des villages pittoresques au fil des coteaux ou blottis au creux des vallons. Les amateurs de balades comme de randonnées ou d'activités de pleine nature seront conquis !
Famous throughout the world for its wines and vineyards, the Beaujolais is also a region shaped by man, who has reaped the benefits of the soil's diversity. Its past is literally written in stone: in the golden, red, white, grey or black rocks and stones that have visibly been put to good use in local construction. This remarkable geology has given rise to great diversity, not only in the landscapes and heritage, but also in terms of human activity, in the culture and traditions that form the identity of the Beaujolais region.