|Community association||Annonay Rhône Agglo|
|surface||5.39 km 2|
|Residents||931 (January 1, 2017)|
|Population density||173 inhabitants / km 2|
Charnas is a municipality in the extreme north of the department, not far from the banks of the Rhone . Neighboring municipalities are Le Péage-de-Roussillon and Sablons . The next largest city is Annonay , twelve kilometers to the southwest.
In the 15th century Charnas was under the feudal rule of the Fontanès family before the village was occupied by the Protestants in the 16th century during the wars of religion. With the adoption of the Edict of Nantes in 1598, the religious conflict in this region ended and the community was liberated. Charnas is also a municipality with old traditions in agriculture and viticulture.
|Sources: Cassini and INSEE|
Culture and sights
Charnas is a village with picturesque streets and a chestnut tree that is more than 100 years old. One of the sights is the fortress house of Chemey in the north of the municipality, with its two small angled towers and preserved battlements. It served wealthy people and nobles as protection from the violent religious wars and later also as a hiding place during the French Revolution .
The redesigned Romanesque church is known for its square bell tower and colorful window panes. The annual village festival in honor of Saint-Vincent is also very popular with residents of the surrounding communities. It is organized by the Compagnons de Valérius .