Beaujolais UNESCO Global Geopark
Très Beaujolais


Village médiéval fortifié bâti sur un promontoire rocheux, qui domine la vallée de l'Azergues.

The town has been inhabited since the Neolithic, then by the Gauls and the Romans, until it came under the Church's domination in the 10th century. There are two sites left from that period, listed as historical monuments: the ruins of a 12th-century castle and a church that houses frescoes from the Carolingian era.

This site is a good example of how human settlement is related to geology. Man settled on this rocky promontory because it afforded him a look-out point over the surrounding area; and the reason the promontory is higher than the surrounding area is its geology. It's made of marble, which resists erosion. The surrounding area is made of magmatic and schistose rocks, which are far less resistant to erosion.

Consequently, the landscape is composed of high points (marble, the village of Ternand) and low points (magmatic and schistose rocks, the village's surrounding area).

69620 Ternand

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Geopark Beaujolais

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.