In 1070, Guillaume, child of Archambaud IV de Bourbon, became Seigneur of Montluçon and built this fortress on a castrum. Later occupied by and now known as: Dukes of the Bourbon castle.
Montlucon is a mediaeval town of character and the Auvergne’s second city. It is one of the oldest communities in the Boubonnais with a remarkable historic and religious heritage. Its fifteen stand-out buildings and twenty-two artworks are designated national monuments, justifying the title ‘Town of Art’.
The old town, with its picturesque pedestrian streets lined with half-timbered houses, is dominated by Louis II of Bourbon’s chateau, now the Museum of Popular Music.
The castle of the Dukes of Bourbon, dating from the 13th and 14th centuries.
The Notre-Dame Church in Montluçon is a Gothic church from the 15th century built under the auspices of Louis II de Bourbon, Duke of Bourbon, it remained unfinished for lack of funds. It is now classified as a historical monument. The peculiarity of this church is in its irregular shape.