Amay, it’s Merovingian Chrodoara who needs you: follow her! Stroll through the historic heart, the sanctuary of Chrodoara, which has changed in 1400 years! You won’t miss out on other little-known attractions of the amaytoise city: its industrial past and its natural heritage… A rich and varied walk that includes the Gravel Pit nature reserve, a mecca for biodiversity.
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Amaytoise’s heritage is diverse. Indeed, the arrival of the Merovingian princess in the 6th century led to the development of a sanctuary. Her contemporaries left us her sarcophagus, the quality of whose drawings and state of preservation make it unique! A few centuries after his death, a chapter of canons grew up around the sanctuary, marking the configuration of Amay’s historic heart, with its collegiate church, canons’ houses, winding streets and staircases. Yet today, this historic heart is little-known. As you move away from the center, you pass houses that bear witness to the industrial era. This was a flourishing time for Amay, with the development of quarries, ceramics renowned as far afield as South America, and the expertise of Amayt brickmakers, who enjoyed such renown that they were called upon to work as far away as Russia! The hunt also takes the player to a recent gravel extraction site, in operation from 1966 to 2006. Every era has its priorities: once the operation was completed, this site was planted to encourage biodiversity around the body of water left by the gravel pit: in 2023, the site was granted nature reserve status.