The heart of the Alpes Mancelles
In the midst of unspoilt nature, between mountains and river, the village of Saint-Léonard-des-Bois is the destination for nature lovers.
It was here, in this unique and timeless location, that in the 6th century, a hermit named Léonard settled and founded a monastery. Part of his story is told in a stained-glass window in the church. The church is said to have been built on the site of the former monastery. Originally built in the 12th century, it underwent numerous alterations, but still boasts some fine features, including a painted wooden vault and, above all, a 17th-century carving of the Dormition of the Virgin. This ensemble has been listed as a “Monument Historique” since 1905.
Saint-Léonard-des-Bois has been awarded the Petite Cité de Caractère® label.