Commune des Hauts de Bienne

armoiries Commune des Hauts de Bienne

Monsieur Laurent PETIT

Number of inhabitants 4300
Department Jura
Town Hall BP 107
Tél. : 03 84 33 10 11
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Situated in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Haut Jura, Morez distinguished itself by its rich industrial heritage.

Crossed by the river La Bienne, Morez has a rich industrial and artisanal tradition. The water power of the river has enabled the development of activities that were related to the work of iron: nail making and blacksmithing (16th century), clocks (17th century), enamel (18th century) and finally eyewear.

Spectacles were not invented in Haut Jura but Morez is the first city to industrialize its production at the end of the 18th century (1796). Even at those times, eyewear made in Morez was exported all around the world.

Today, the majority of the French and European eyewear’s creation and production capacity are based in Morez.  Even if the business models and the products have evolved, eyewear manufacturers from Morez are universally recognized for their capacity to innovate and their know-how.

Morez also welcomes the Victor Bérard high school which trains opticians and micro technology technicians, the “Meilleur Ouvrier de France Lunetiers” school and the Eyewear Museum.

Enamel was implemented in Morez in the mid of the eighteenth century. This activity was related to the manufacturing of clocks. Today enamel can be used by architects, designers, manufacturers, local authorities or artists.

The architectural heritage of Morez is strongly influenced by its rich industrial past. Remarkable works are emblematic of the city: four viaducts for the railway built in 1912, the town hall (1900), the Lycée Victor Bérard and its art deco architecture and most recently the Eyewear Museum.

Every two years, Morez also organizes an exhibition dedicated to crafts using fire. Glassblowers, blacksmiths, potters or enamel present their expertise to people and kids (the event welcomes 6,000 people).

Morez also offers a wonderful playground for outdoor sports lovers: hiking, biking, running, via ferrata and skiing in winter.