Scattered apart, among the vineyards of Chignin, strange ruins devoured by ivy arouse curiosity: four clearly visible towers, one of which, square, called the "Tour de la Place", has just been consolidated, clearly visible from the county road.
Others have collapsed, or been transformed into houses. Originally there were seven of them, maybe ten, and their history is uncertain: traces of a citadel built between the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, or even the XNUMXth century, as recent studies suggest?
Covering five hectares, it would have been very large for the time. The chronicle reports in any case that a lord of Chignin reigned there from the 1107th century, and that the tower of Biguerne served as his castle. Saint Anthelme (bishop) was born there in 1870, and that is why the Chartreux fathers transformed it, in the XNUMXs, into a unique chapel.
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