Breil-sur-Roya

Tourist Office

17, place Biancheri  – 06540 Breil-sur-Roya
Tél.: 00(33) 04 93 04 99 76
E-mail : breil-tourisme@menton-riviera-merveilles.fr

Breil is the most important urban center in the heart of the Roya Valley.

Its oldest neighborhood consists of houses located south of the village along with its narrow streets. One can observe there some testimonies of its past border’s borough: the remains of the enclosure of a fortress and the watchtower known as “La Cruella”.

The village developed on the western side of the hill. The eastern side, inside the ramparts, is covered with olive trees. Thanks to its six mills, Breil has been for centuries one of the main centers of olive oil production for the domains of the House of Savoy. We also discover the chapel of St. Anthony the Hermit, the medieval gate of Genoa, the church of Notre-Dame-du-Mont, the chapel of Notre-Dame-des-Graces and the bell tower of Saint John.

The creation of an artificial lake, called Swan Lake, after the Second World War, made the heart of Breil more pleasant.

The visit can begin with the parish church Sancta Maria in Albis, whose current building, dating back to 1699, was built on the ruins of an older church. The side lanes, of Ligurian architectural style, converge on the central axis, Turin street. Once arrived on the Ciappera street, one can go up to the small Chapel Saint Antoine l’Ermite, where two paths stand out.

The first leads to an area of “crotas” and “casoun”, two typical buildings from this area, where the lack of clay made the peasants realized shelters with vaulted roof in stone (crotas), used mainly to dry figs, as well as huts with a lime roof (casoun) instead of the tiles or hay usually used back then.

The second path leads to the Cruella Tower, connected to a newer rampart, about 80 meters long, probably used during the War of the Austrian Succession.

A visitor wishing to discover Breil during a celebration cannot miss the A Stacada, folk event organized every four years. This event, which took place on the last day of the Carnival week from the end of the 19th century, is now celebrated on the third Sunday of July since 1960. It is a costumed historical reenactment of the people’s uprising against the almighty vicissitudes of the Royalty, with a whole series of recurring characters.

The Breil Feast Day, meanwhile, takes place every year and lasts three to four days, around mid-August. It is known as “Medj’august” and includes three balls, a country picnic at the Notre-Dame-du-Mont church and two masses.

The hamlet of Piène-Haute, former Genoese medieval stronghold is perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Roya River. Accessible by road, and only part of the town of Breil since 1947, it is characterized by narrow streets and small houses very neat and flowered by its inhabitants. Also noteworthy is St. Mark’s Church, a historic Ligurian baroque monument with curvilinear pediment and double staircase, and St. Elizabeth Chapel, erected by the White Penitents’ brotherhood.

Blason de Breil-sur-Roya

To visit

Heritage sheet

Parish church Santa-Maria in Albis

City
City Breil-sur-Roya
Typology
Typology Building
Period
Period Eighteenth

The imposing façade of the church overlooks Brancion Square, a historic 18th century building.

System of water mills and adduction channels

City
City Breil-sur-Roya
Typology
Typology Building, Converted site
Period
Period Various

All mills are located on the river or ravine, the catchment can be several hundred meters distant. Breil’s mills are located in the village...

Bridge-station FS of Piène-Basse

City
City Breil-sur-Roya
Typology
Typology Building, Converted site, Engineering works
Period
Period XX

The railway station-bridge of the old border of Piène-Basse hamlet is located above RD 6204 road. A false tunnel type of work (bridge) serves...

PLM railway works of Breil-sur-Roya

City
City Breil-sur-Roya
Typology
Typology Converted site, Engineering works
Period
Period XX

1) Breil station required an important landscaping in the natural slope of the site for the creation of a vast plateau that could accommodate...

Spillway tunnels

City
City Breil-sur-Roya
Typology
Typology Converted site, Engineering works
Period
Period XX

Upstream as downstream from the village, the entrances and exits of the spillway tunnels are located at the river level, below the paths leaving...

Remains of historic mule tracks

City
City Breil-sur-Roya
Typology
Typology Converted site, Engineering works
Period
Period 1380 – 1600

The sections and still visible ancient bridges are located outside the urban area of ​​Breil in a residential agricultural district (Pont de la Lavina)...

Ensemble of the hamlet Piène-Haute

City
City Breil-sur-Roya
Typology
Typology Building, Converted site
Period
Period Before 1380

The hamlet occupies a narrow rocky ridge perpendicular to the Roya surrounded by gardens to the south and steep forest to the north. The...

Breil-sur-Roya, town

City
City Breil-sur-Roya
Typology
Typology Building, Converted site
Period
Period Before 1380

The whole site "village - Casté - Saint-Antoine" is located in a rocky meander, on the left bank of the Roya. The site, historically...

Irrigation channels

City
City Breil-sur-Roya
Typology
Typology Converted site, Engineering works
Period
Period Various

See additional portfolios of notable works in the description sheet.

Chapelle de la Madone des Grâces

Madone des Grâces chapel

City
City Breil-sur-Roya
Typology
Typology Building
Period
Period XVII

The chapel is located on a small step in a steep slope on the right bank of the Lavina river, tributary of the Roya...

Orgue Concone de l’église Santa-Maria in Albis

Santa Maria in Albis Church’s organ

City
City Breil-sur-Roya
Typology
Typology Furniture
Period
Period Eighteenth

The church appears on a square lined with buildings of the seventeenth - eighteenth centuries. The organ is at the back of the nave,...

Chapelle Saint-Antoine de Padoue

Saint Anthony of Padua Chapel

City
City Breil-sur-Roya
Typology
Typology Building
Period
Period Eighteenth, XXI

The chapel is located on the roadside between two lanes. Located on a slope, its apse is buried in the ground.

Chapelle de l’Annonciade de Piène-Haute

Chapel of the Annonciade, Piène-Haute

City
City Breil-sur-Roya
Typology
Typology Building
Period
Period XVII

You can reach Piène-Haute, either from Olivetta San Michele (in Italy, south of Breil), or by an dirt track from Col de Brouis, between...

Clocher Saint-Jean

Bell tower Saint-Jean

City
City Breil-sur-Roya
Typology
Typology Building
Period
Period Before 1380

The bell tower is enclosed between houses of a residential area of Breil. It can be seen closely without recoil, or by far.

Madone du Mont

Madone-du-Mont, old parish church

City
City Breil-sur-Roya
Typology
Typology Building
Period
Period Before 1380, XVII

The Madone-du-Mont church is an isolated building on a small hill overlooking the valley of Lavina river. It is surrounded by a vast olive...

A Stacada d’Breï

A Stacada d’Breï

City
City Breil-sur-Roya
Typology
Typology Intellectual
Period
Period Nineteenth

A Stacada costume celebration has been held in Breil since at least the end of the 19th century. It was then a popular event...

Ecomusée du Haut-Pays et des Transports

Haut-Pays and Transports Eco-museum

City
City Breil-sur-Roya
Typology
Typology Building, Converted site, Furniture
Period
Period XX

Locomotives, wagons, railcars, trolleys and old streetcars are presented outdoors and under hangar in the immediate vicinity of the station, the tracks and a...

Système de fortifications Maginot à Breil-sur-Roya

Maginot fortification system

City
City Breil-sur-Roya
Typology
Typology Building, Converted site
Period
Period XX

All the works are isolated, in full nature, more or less close to a road.

Vestiges du château médiéval de Piène

Remains of the medieval castle of Piène

City
City Breil-sur-Roya
Typology
Typology Building, Converted site
Period
Period Before 1380

The old medieval fortress occupies a narrow rocky ridge surrounded by peaks. It is connected to the hamlet by a narrow pass.

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