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The iceboxes of Sylans

A beautiful visit of ruined industrial buildings near Nantua in the Ain

The Sylans ice houses are ruined industrial buildings located right next to the lake of Sylans. Before 1850 it was not possible to create ice industrially. In order to have ice in the summer, it was necessary to store the ice during the winter from the water of the lakes, to preserve it and then to ship it by train in the summer. The Sylans ice houses were used for a short period from 1864 to 1917. After this date, the creation of industrial ice made their use useless. The visit of the Sylans ice houses is very easy, the place has a lot of charm. If you are in the area, don't hesitate to visit the Sylans ice houses.

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Duration: 1 h.

The parking lot of the Sylans ice houses

The parking lot of the Sylans ice houses
The parking lot is well marked along the road, it is easy to access. Everything is free.

The way to the iceboxes

The way to the iceboxes
It takes only 2 minutes to walk to the buildings.

Ruined buildings

Ruined buildings
The ice that was cut in winter in the lake was stored and sent to Paris or Marseille directly from the factory.

Buildings on the site

Buildings on the site
The site has a lot of charm, it has a ghostly side.

The lake of Sylans

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The lake of Sylans
There has never been a village around the lake of Sylans because the climate is too harsh. We can see just next to it the very beautiful works of art of the highway.

The coolers

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The coolers
The ice was stored in this large shed before being shipped. The visit inside the buildings is forbidden because it is too dangerous.

Le chemin

Le chemin
There is a small path that leads you along the banks of the lake. The complete visit of the site lasts only 30 minutes.

View on the lake of Sylans

View on the lake of Sylans

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