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A view of the Monts du Lyonnais captured just outisde the village of Yzeron.

Yzeron is a French commune, located on the Monts du Lyonnais near the city of Lyon in the department of the Rhone and the region Rhone-Alpes.

Perched on a rock 750 metres above sea level at the junction of the valleys of the Yzeron and Garon, Yzeron is located in mountainous country where steep hills alternate with smooth valleys. It is an area of meadows, orchards and woods mixed with hills where wild raspberries, strawberries and other red fruits can be found during the season. The agricultural and timber production is represented in one third of the territory in the form of oak copses, chestnuts and softwood plantations.

The root 'Yz' indicates that the area is a source of rivers. The Romans built an aqueduct (no longer visible) to transport water to the city of Lugdunum that later became known as Lyon. In medieval times, the area was also known as 'Montagne les Bois' ('Timber Mountain').

The village was constructed at the intersection of two valleys (the Yzeron, and the Garon) because of its strategic location between the Lyonais and the Forez. The Lords of Fontaney and the Archbishops of St. Martin Ainay erected a castle, a chapel and a church in the area. The hamlet of Chateauvieux, a former stronghold where there remains a group of old farmhouses and a beautiful Romanesque chapel, bears testimony to this history.

Since the late nineteenth century, the area has been developed as a tourist attraction for city dwellers who appreciate the beauty of its landscapes, clean air and the variety of walks.

The above information was extracted and freely translated from an article on the French Wikipedea site.

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