The hilltop village of Poët-Laval is the cradle of Alpine Protestantism and is classed amongst the ‘most beautiful villages in France’. It was a base for the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem (later Order of Malta). It boasts several historical remains:

  • Le  Knights Hospitallers Fortress  (12-15th centuries). It dominates the village with its keep coiffed by a nagnificent dovecote tower. Adjacent is a Renaissance period living quarter.
  • Le Alpine Protestantism Museum. It is housed in an old knight’s mansion (15th century), which later became a communal house, then a protestant church in the 17th century. It is a rare example of a protestant church that has survived the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685.
  • The alleys of the old medieval village.
  • Art Centre Yvon Morin. Temporary exhibitions, concerts and conferences
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