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The Vallée des Rouets (French pronunciation: [vale de ʁue], “Valley of Mills”) is a part of the valley of the Durolle river, principally situated on the land of Thiers, in the French department of Puy-de-Dôme in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. The area is known for its long artisanal past, as the inhabitants have made use of the locomotive power of the Durolle River since the Middle Ages. The beginning of the 20th century marked the closure of most of the water-powered mills in the valley in favor of the production of cutlery, mainly situated in the Vallée des Usines (Valley of Factories), located downstream.Using our world travel planner, Thiers City attractions like Vallee des Rouets can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
After multiple years of mobilizing to protect the architectural heritage of Vallée des Rouets, the town hall of Thiers, under the direction of deputy mayor Maurice Adevah-Pœuf, opened a tourist route to the public in 1998. The route was combined with a museum of cutlery featuring the history of the location and fabrication techniques for knives as well as the operation of the last mill in operation in the valley and its water wheel.
Vallee des Rouets reviews
Good place to see the ancient forging methods of Thiers and more importantly to be in sync with nature. Loved the small trek. We have just the last functioning mill but the remains of all other mills. more »
At 7am, when the sunlight just started, a layer of fog in the valley, with all these old milling places, it's quite magic and so quiet. more »
Good place to see the ancient forging methods of Thiers and more importantly to be in sync with nature. Loved the small trek. We have just the last functioning mill but the remains of all other mills.
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