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Pérouges is a commune and a medieval walled town in the Ain department in eastern France. Located 30 kilometres (19 miles) north-east of Lyon, it is perched on a small hill that overlooks the plain of the Ain River.

It was probably founded by a Gallic colony returning from Perugia in Italy. In 1167, the Seigneur d'Anthon famously shut the town's walls against the troops of the Archbishop of Lyon, and as early as 1236 the inhabitants earned communal freedom. In 1601 the town officially became French. Over time the town came to be mainly inhabited by craftsmen — primarily farmers and linen weavers. Until the end of the 18th century, the textile industry in Pérouges boomed. In the 19th century, however, roads and railroads were re-routed around the town and the population dropped sharply from 1,500 to 90.

Then, starting in 1911, the town was gradually restored and houses were saved. Today, Pérouges is a popular tourist attraction within easy striking distance of the major city of Lyon. Given its authentic historical appearance, the town is often used as the setting for period films by French directors and others. A spring festival has been held annually for a number of years between April and June and hosts musical events ranging from Baroque to jazz.

(Source: Wikipedea)

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