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Etoile sur Rhône

  • Height: 174 meters Logo de la ville
  • Population: 4471 inhabitants
  • Name of the inhabitants: Etoilien(ne)

A historical village

The city of Étoile-sur-Rhône is 10 kms away from the South of Valence. It has got a surface of 4279 hectares of grounds and on 10 kms along the Rhone.

The plain has a diverse fauna and flora and the village dominating the Rhone Valley faces the first mountains of Ardeche.

Etoile inherit its Latin name ‘’Stella’’ to the Romain era. Around the streets and places, a fountain, a rampart, the Notre-Dame church, the Diane de Poitiers tower, the wash house and an already provincial atmosphere are highlighted by this stroll through the centuries.

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The village
(N. Giraud)

The monuments and houses are after built in Étoile-sur-Rhône oranged ochrestone and Rhone pebbles, giving in the village a particular face on summer evenings or in autumn. You will be surprised by the numbers viewpoints of the village. You just have to raise your eyes on a sculpture, the detail of a gate and walk up to the park of the castle to enjoy he panorama on the Rhone Valley. The place de la Republique has got a more than hundred-year-old magnolia. In Étoile-sur-Rhône took place the first meeting of French National Guards which was the point of departure of the Federation Fete in Paris on July 14th, 1970.

The old village is protected since May 8th, 1972.

Thanks to the Rhone and its alluvia, the ground has been rich and the agriculture is diversified since a long time.

Many boats used to circulated on the Rhone and shopped on the numerous tow houses of the city, like ‘’le Calabert’’.

 The banks of the Rhone
The banks of the Rhone
(N. Giraud)
 The plain of Rhône
The plain of Rhône
(N. Giraud)
 The edge of the old Rhone
The edge of the old Rhone
(N. Giraud)
 The plateau of Etoile, seen on the three beaks
The plateau of Etoile, seen on the three beaks
(N. Giraud)
 Sunflower fields
Sunflower fields
(N. Giraud)
 The historic village
The historic village
(N. Giraud)

The city has been twinned with Viggiaro (Italy), Polaniec (Poland) and Vonitsa (Greece) since 2004.

Events

  • July: Festival lac aux étoiles at Etoile and Beauvallon.
  • First weekend in June: Carnival and music festival.
  • August: Theatrics tours of the city.

Overview of the heritage in Etoile

The centre of the village is composed of medieval and Renaissance buildings. The village developed itself on the basis of Middle-Age cities, with the enclosure, the parish church, Saint-Marcellin priory among others and extended itself during the Renaissance as numerous prestigious buildings show it, for example the Renaissance tower, Léon Lérisse place, Saint-Ange castle the beautiful gates, the cellars of the town hall. The little blocks of houses are tightly hug between the walls of the old ramparts to be protected during the attacks. Lots of buildings like the church are built with this particular golden sand phone here know under the name of ‘’pierre d’Etoile’’ (Etoile shore).

Remarkable sites to be visited in Etoile:

Notre Dame church

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The church
(N. Giraud)

The church of Etoile is a beautiful example of the late Romanesque out in the Rhone Valley. It was built between the 12th and the 13th Century, but changed because of a fire in 1651 with the addition of chapels and the rise of the bell tower.

Outside the church, a full curved porch overhang a monumental fate with remarkable details : tympanum supported by small columns crowned with particular masks, which is a know how after seen in the churches of the Drôme department. This side gate with its harmonious style recalls the one of the Sainte-Trophime church in Arles.

Freedoms chart was engraved on February 21st, 1244 on the tympanum of the churches porch. This public billposting written in Latin shows the generosity of the count of Desaymar and the privileges granted to the villagers of Etoile.

The inscription on the bell tower corresponds to the motto of Etoile ‘’non licet omnibus’’, that’s to say ‘’it’s not allowed to everyday’’.

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The telegraph before restoration (N. Giraud)

The telegraph

It’s located near the water tower, quarter des Donnay Est, chemin du Télégraphe. We owe this invention of air telegraphy to the Parisian Claude Chappe. Raised in 1823 after the instruction of Paris, it was linked to the telegraph in Livron but also the telegraphs of Valence.

This Chappe telegraph stopped to work in 1853. The Chappe telegraphs controlled by the State were the replaced by a faster electric communication system know under the name of Morse code. The telegraphs were composed of a pole system on the roof of the building with swivelling arms painted in black. The building belongs to the city of Etoile and is currently in renovation.

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Relay Hauling (N. Giraud)

The old tow house

Know under the name of Calabert, this ruined building is the last low house built for burgees on the Rhône side.

It was a shelter for animals and a restaurant for burgees.

Etoile-sur-Rhone : village of various artists

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The gallery of the Tourist Office

Professional or amateur artists have at their disposal two big rooms in the premises of the tourist office at Etoile.

The themes change at every exhibition: paints, sculptures, indoor decorations, photographies, flower art and recently contemporary art following one another to the delight the eyes. Every exhibition is different according to the sensibility and the presentation of every artist. The public composed of numerous arts’ amateurs of all ages and comes from diverse places. Who are faith and await exhibitions.

Other premises like wikshops, galleries, saloon host exhibitions and liven up the historical center of Etoile. Near the village the Clévos domain sheltered the castle where the Poitiers family liked to pass its freetime. Unfortunately this castle was destroyed to sell its shares to the State and recognize them as national estate.

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The Clévos

This place also known as Cléves site sheltered than the Rey mills and is still remarkable for it architecture.

This domain is composed nearly 4.5 hectares of lands with buildings dating from 19th Century divided into a private’s space and an industrial building of 2500 square meters. The Clévos domain belongs to the city and host big exhibitions linked to techniques and science culture.

Events:
- September: Paints fair ‘’Etoiles and toiles’’.
- December: Créa d’Art fair.


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Tourist Office Eyrieux Rhône Véore - Place E Jargeat - 07800 La Voulte sur Rhône - Phone : +33(0)4 75 62 44 36