"Although St-Imier has only kept a few reminders of its distant past due to the three major fires which destroyed the town in 1839, 1843 and 1856, there are still some buildings that predate this period, and I found that it really is worthwhile to discover them. I also enjoyed spending a little time in the streets, discovering buildings and museums as I strolled through this peaceful place where urban life meets nature."
The history of Saint-Imier began towards the year 600 with the arrival of Imier, a hermit from Ajoie. A real metamorphosis took place in the years around 1700 with the emergence of the watch-making industry. Saint-Imier, a small agricultural village, became an industrial town. Not much was left over of its past history, because three major fires destroyed the town in 1839, 1843 and 1856.
Good to know
- The brochure "On foot" describes a walking tour of about 1 hour to discover this small town. It is available from the tourism offices.
- A guided tour is also available, see the chapter "City tours".
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