Annonay Davézieux

A land of pioneers

A major economic centre in Ardeche, Annonay and Devezieux rely on an exceptional location. A quarter of an hour away from the motorway and the main rail lines, both towns lie in a preserved environment in the heart of Green Ardeche, renowned for its pleasant way of living.
As a result, Annonay always was a town of inventors, and the Montgolfier brothers are not the only ones to have made the reputation of the city, known for ages for the quality of its leather, its paper or its textiles. Under the impulsion of geniuses like Marc Seguin, who invented the tubular heater, or Joseph Besset, who made the town the capital of coaches, Annonay and Devezieux developed industries in many fields, from car making, food processing, chemicals or plastics.

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Pop: 17,600 in Annonay and 3,000 in Davezieux
Annonay and Davezieux are communes of Ardeche (07)

Economy : paperworks, leather, automobile, green tourism.
Specialties : chestnut, caillette (pate), pantins d’Anonay (sweets), crique (potato), pogne and bugnes (buns).
Sport : FC Annonay (football)
Celebrities : Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier.
Festival : Fete des Gourmandises d’Ardeche (November), Montgolfier and air show. First film festival (June).

Timeline

  • 13tth century

    Annonay is a halt on the pilgrimage route to Le Puy-en-Velay.
  • 1288

    Signature of a charter between the lord and the people of Annonay.
  • 1524

    Annonay is integrated into France.
  • 1562

    The Wars of religion ravage Annonay.
  • 1756

    Birth of Francois-Antoine de Boissy d’Anglas.
  • 1782

    First private flight of a Montgolfier in Davezieux.
  • 1783

    First public flight of a Montgolfier in Annonay. The balloon lands in Davezieux.
  • 1786

    Birth of Marc Seguin, inventor of chain-bridges and creator of the first railroad in France.
No previous stage
Pop: 17,600 in Annonay and 3,000 in Davezieux
Annonay and Davezieux are communes of Ardeche (07)

Economy : paperworks, leather, automobile, green tourism.
Specialties : chestnut, caillette (pate), pantins d’Anonay (sweets), crique (potato), pogne and bugnes (buns).
Sport : FC Annonay (football)
Celebrities : Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier.
Festival : Fete des Gourmandises d’Ardeche (November), Montgolfier and air show. First film festival (June).

Annonay Davézieux and cycling

The last time that the finish of a prestigious race was held in the native town of the Montgolfier brothers dates back to 1952. Louison Bobet began the season in a spectacular fashion, by winning the second stage of Paris-Nice, a race which he then sailed through, winning four stages in total. In 2009, a stage of the Race to the Sun which set off from Annonay and went the all the way through Ardèche, was won by Jeremy Roy. The following year, during the Critérium du Dauphiné, the peloton left Annonay and finished together in Bourg-Saint-Andéol, where Argentina’s Juan José Haedo got the better of his fellow sprinters.
Annonay is the birthplace of former pro rider Christophe Edaleine, who rode three Tours de France between 2002 and 2004 and won a Tour de l’Avenir stage in 2003. Since he retired from the sport in 2008, he was appointed technical adviser to the Ardeche regional cycling league.

No previous stage
Pop: 17,600 in Annonay and 3,000 in Davezieux
Annonay and Davezieux are communes of Ardeche (07)

Economy : paperworks, leather, automobile, green tourism.
Specialties : chestnut, caillette (pate), pantins d’Anonay (sweets), crique (potato), pogne and bugnes (buns).
Sport : FC Annonay (football)
Celebrities : Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier.
Festival : Fete des Gourmandises d’Ardeche (November), Montgolfier and air show. First film festival (June).

What to see

Deomas Castle

The domain drew its name from the river Deume flowing below. The castle was built in 1876 for Paul Seguin and his wife Caroline Perisse de Montgolfier. The couple died childless and the estate passed over to Claire Cyprien-Fabre, the heiress of a wealthy merchant family from Marseille. Annonay bought the castle in 1979 to turn it into a cultural and sports venue. The building is in classical style and is typical of the 19th century architecture in the area. The park is home to several exotic species.

Canson and Montgolfier paper museum

Set in the former house of Josephe and Etienne de Montgolfier, the museum lies in the heart of the former Royal Manufacture and is still part of the current paper-mill. Documents and machines in working order are on display. They tell the story of the industry throughout the years and are a perfect introduction to the techniques of paper-making and printing.

Notre-Dame de l’Assomption church

It was built between 1903 and 1912 in the neo-Byzantine style. It houses two remarkable organs, made by the Cavalle-Coll firm in 1848 and 1880. The church replaced an older one of the same name.

Cesar Filhol Vivarois Museum

The museum is devoted to the past of Annonay and is named after the founder of the Annonay historical society, whose collections are included in the exhibitions. The museum is housed in the former Royal bailwick, established in 1700. It shows numerous historical objects from the Gallo-Roman period to modern times and also deals with the industrial and technical past of Annonay.

Leather and parchment museum

The museum recounts, around the only reaming drying room in town, the history of the tanning industry in Annonay from the Middle Ages to the present. It shows the variety of trades and crafts linked to tannery and also introduces to the little-known art of parchment.

Deomas Castle:

 

The domain drew its name from the river Deume flowing below. The castle was built in 1876 for Paul Seguin and his wife Caroline Perisse de Montgolfier. The couple died childless and the estate passed over to Claire Cyprien-Fabre, the heiress of a wealthy merchant family from Marseille. Annonay bought the castle in 1979 to turn it into a cultural and sports venue. The building is in classical style and is typical of the 19th century architecture in the area. The park is home to several exotic species. 

 

Canson and Montgolfier paper museum:

 

Set in the former house of Josephe and Etienne de Montgolfier, the museum lies in the heart of the former Royal Manufacture and is still part of the current paper-mill. Documents and machines in working order are on display. They tell the story of the industry throughout the years and are a perfect introduction to the techniques of paper-making and printing.

 

Notre-Dame de l’Assomption church:

 

It was built between 1903 and 1912 in the neo-Byzantine style. It houses two remarkable organs, made by the Cavalle-Coll firm in 1848 and 1880. The church replaced an older one of the same name.

 

Cesar Filhol Vivarois Museum:

 

The museum is devoted to the past of Annonay and is named after the founder of the Annonay historical society, whose collections are included in the exhibitions. The museum is housed in the former Royal bailwick, established in 1700. It shows numerous historical objects from the Gallo-Roman period to modern times and also deals with the industrial and technical past of Annonay.  

 

Leather and parchment museum:

 

The museum recounts, around the only reaming drying room in town, the history of the tanning industry in Annonay from the Middle Ages to the present. It shows the variety of trades and crafts linked to tannery and also introduces to the little-known art of parchment.

No previous stage
Pop: 17,600 in Annonay and 3,000 in Davezieux
Annonay and Davezieux are communes of Ardeche (07)

Economy : paperworks, leather, automobile, green tourism.
Specialties : chestnut, caillette (pate), pantins d’Anonay (sweets), crique (potato), pogne and bugnes (buns).
Sport : FC Annonay (football)
Celebrities : Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier.
Festival : Fete des Gourmandises d’Ardeche (November), Montgolfier and air show. First film festival (June).

Flight of the Montgolfier

Annonay, June 4, 1783. In the main courtyard of the Cordeliers convent, the assembly of the Vivarais people, the nobility, clergy and peasants gathered for an unbelievable experience : the flight of an unmanned free balloon inflated with hot air. Nobody really knew what it was all about, except two paper makers established in the region : Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier. They were the promoters of the peculiar show nobody really believed in at that stage. Between two masts, they had installed an immense sheet of folded paper held by eight men above a fire of straw, wool and old shoes. To everyone’s amazement, the sheet suddenly swelled like a bubble and stood up as if it wanted to break free of the men holding it into place. The suspicions turned into bewilderment when the huge balloon took off and flew into the sky of Annonay. Within ten minutes it had gone up to a thousand metres and it ended up crashing in a vineyard in Davezieux, three kilometers away from its starting point.
The idea to inflate a balloon with a fire came first to Joseph. One day as he was reading his newspaper by the fireplace, he noticed that a shirt hanging nearby was lifted by the heat. This is how he realised that hot air, lighter than cold air, had the ability to lift light objects. The two brothers started experimenting various projects until they were ready to lauch their first ballon into the air.
Since 1983 and the 200th anniversary of the inaugural flight, it is reenacted  every year on the first weekend of June in Annonay.

No previous stage
Pop: 17,600 in Annonay and 3,000 in Davezieux
Annonay and Davezieux are communes of Ardeche (07)

Economy : paperworks, leather, automobile, green tourism.
Specialties : chestnut, caillette (pate), pantins d’Anonay (sweets), crique (potato), pogne and bugnes (buns).
Sport : FC Annonay (football)
Celebrities : Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier.
Festival : Fete des Gourmandises d’Ardeche (November), Montgolfier and air show. First film festival (June).
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