Stop-off … Heritage

The tonnerrois is land of heritage. From the mysterious Fosse Dionne to the Renaissance castles of Tanlay, Ancy-le-Franc, Maulnes and Nuits-sur-Armançon, including the impressive Hôtel-Dieu de Tonnerre, explore the history of France through our old stones.

First day

Tour of Tonnerre, small town of character: You will discover the Notre-Dame and the Saint-Pierre churches, the Hotel Dieu but also the fabulous Fosse Dionne, while passing in the footsteps of the Chevalier d’Eon. You can also taste the flavors of Burgundy by stopping in our typical tonnerre shops that offer local products.

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On the Montbellan at Saint Pierre church of Tonnerre: Take the stairs at the end of the street of the Fosse Dionne and reach the forecourt of the church to admire the view of Tonnerre and its surroundings.

The Castle Bar: Enjoy a beautiful view by dining in a friendly atmosphere. You will eat maxi-salads, andouillettes, pizzas … You will appreciate the flowered terrace covered and heated.

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Visit of the castle at Ancy le Franc: This stunning Renaissance palace is a masterpiece of Serlio, Italian architect for King Francis I of France. It was built in the middle of an enormous park for Antoine III of Clermont, brother-in-law of Diane de Poitiers who was the mistress of King Henry II of France. Home to one of the largest collections of 16thand 17thcentury murals preserved in France today, the castle of Ancy-le-Franc rivals the Palace of Fontainebleau. Explore the richly decorated apartments and the majestic courtyard, as well as the French and English gardens whose two new flowerbed displays won the Victoires du Paysage award in 2018. Many tour options, events and exhibitions are organized throughout the season for the whole family.

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Testify to part of the history at Ancy-le-Franc castle by visiting the Museum of Faience. A faience factory that once existed next to the castle. From 1992 to 1993 archaeological excavations were carried out on the site of this manufacture. A conserved part of the factory has been rehabilitated as a museum. Five rooms retrace the history of ancient faience found, the first room being devoted to the manufacture of biscuits.

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Chassignelles church: You will notice a beautiful church located at the top of a mound dating from the end of the 12th century, known for its surprising and exceptional murals and its original lava roof (limestone slabs).

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Le Murier Blanc at Chassignelles: This tree located on the road leading to Ancy-le-Franc had to be planted around 1750. Thanks to the efforts of the municipality to maintain it, preserve it and safeguard it, it was classified “remarkable tree of France” in 2000. The leaves of the white mulberry were used to feed the silkworms.

Hôtel-restaurant of the Écluse 79: Eat and stay at the hotel-restaurant of the Écluse 79 for a quality service, a friendly and warm atmosphere. In a typical Burgundy style the Chefs offer traditional regional cuisine made exclusively from fresh produce and adapted to the seasons.

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Second day

Visit of the castle at Nuits: The Nuits-sur-Armançon castle was built in 1560 during the Wars of Religion. It was the scene of violent battles. This Renaissance building is a remarkable example of civil architecture adapted to for defence needs. Transformed after the Revolution into a country retreat, the castle still has many vestiges of its military past such as its indoor well, arrowslits and shooting range. The furnished interiors tell the story of the life at the castle over five centuries with more than twenty rooms with a designated use, all witnesses of the past.

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Discovery of the village of Ravières: Old fortified village still with many traces of the late fifteenth early sixteenth century, as evidenced by the remains of the enclosure. You will find in the heart of this village the church of Saint-Pantaléon (12th and 16th century) classified as a historical monument.

For those who are passionate about Art & Culture an associative gallery shows you different works of art every month: paintings, photographs, sculptures, as well as a photo studio studio … What a pleasant time in this village Bourguignon.

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L’Idylle: Located opposite the Burgundy Canal you will taste traditional home-made cuisine with a touch of exoticism.

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Visit of the castle at Maulnes:To begin this afternoon, we propose you a visit devoted to the Castle of Maulnes. Its astonishing pentagonal shape the source that springs in its center. Its location in the heart of a deep forest all combine to give it magic and mystery.

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Visit of the castle at Tanlay: Welcome to the property of the Marquis de Tanlay. Property that runs through the centuries and is filled with history, may interest young and old. Founded in the 16th century on the foundations of an old fortress some parts of which date back to the French Renaissance. Thus its architecture (both Renaissance and classical) offers a perfect balance and an original setting conducive to recent film shoots. This building seduces with its memories of an eventful page in the history of France: to discover a few guided outside and inside tours are available.

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