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Located in east-central France, Bourg-en-Bresse lies to the west of the Jura mountain range, along the Reyssouze River, a tributary of the Saône. Situated 40km from Mâcon, this town of about 43,000 residents is the capital of the Ain department in the Rhone-Alpes region of France. The history of Bourg-en-Bresse dates back to the Roman Empire, and the town came under the rule of the House of Savoy in the late 13th century.
Benefiting from its location on the route from Mâcon to Torino, Bourg-en-Bresse became a commercial centre, with healthy leather and fabric industries. The town briefly fell under French control, between 1536 and 1559, before permanently becoming part of France in 1601. One of Bourg-en-Bresse’s most recognizable buildings, the Royal Monastery of Brou, dates from this era, and is a just few minutes down the motorway from the Kyriad Bourg-en-Bresse Hotel.