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Ouen: photo description (Oingt)

UEN is a picturesque old village on the South-East of France, the rhône - Alpes region. It is included in the Association "Most beautiful villages of France". It is home to just over 500 people. The settlement stands on a hill, so that its average height is about 500 meters above sea level.

First, it housed the Roman fortified Fort. The first mention of the Ouen refers to 1093. The town was abandoned in 1562 - at first it was completely looted by the troops of Huguenots, followed by the plague. 400 years UEN has been forgotten and only at the end of the twentieth century remembered the authorities in the region and engaged in large-scale restoration. Thanks to their activities managed to restore the city Church, including its famous Gothic interior.

But the fortress of XIII-XIV centuries and is now in very bad condition, there are ongoing renovations to preserve this monument of Romanesque architecture.

To have survived the castle chapel, which became the main city temple. Its Gothic choirs with a vaulted ceiling supported by eight carved pillars, dazzling. Still inside are preserved several medieval gilded wooden sculptures.

At the foot of the hill on which stands the city Ouen, is another castle - Palace Proni (de Prony), the architecture of which has remained the style elements of the XIV-XV centuries, in spite of the fact that in the XIX century this building was considerably rebuilt and decorated with more modern elements.

Among the other historic buildings worth noting is the town hall of the XV century, where there are various exhibitions and expositions, as well as many other stone houses and mansions, huddled in the narrow, cobbled streets. But from the summit of a hill about 650 metres above sea level offers stunning views of the village and runs down the green meadows.