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  • 1 Nicéphore-Niepce Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    28 quai des Messageries F - 71100 Chalon-sur-Saône

    Located in the former Royal Messengers' lodgings, this museum has a fine collection of photographs and related items, including some of the earliest cameras belonging to Nicéphore Niepce and his associate Daguerre, some of the first colour photograph..

  • 2 Saône Valley Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - Chalon-sur-Saône

    The majestic River Saône rises 395m up at Vioménil, where the Lorraine plateau meets the Vosges. It enters Burgundy at Pontailler and joins the Rhône at Lyon. Its very gentle drop in altitude and regularity of flow make for a slow and docile river, n..

  • 3 Denon Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    3 r. Boichot F - 71100 Chalon-sur-Saône

    The life of Dominique Vivant-Denon, artistic adviser to Napoleon I was almost a novel; wrote Philippe Sollers! The museum set up in an annex (18 C) to the old Ursuline Convent, had an important collection of 17 to 19 C paintings, medieval pottery, ob..

  • 4 St Nicholas's rose garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Rue Julien-Leneuveu F - 71100 Chalon-sur-Saône

    This prestigious Rose Garden (25,000 plants) has it flowerbeds spread out in the middle of immense lawns dotted with conifers and young apple trees.

  • 5 St Vincent's Cathedral

    Religious buildings

    Place St-Vincent F - 71100 Chalon-sur-Saône

    Its facade and neo-Gothic clock towers confer a strange ambience on this Church whose oldest parts date from the 11 C. Inside a large contemporary eucharistic shield in gilded bronze, an attractive stained-glass window in the chapel giving access to ..

  • 6 St Vincent Square

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place St-Vincent F - 71100 Chalon-sur-Saône

    This square in the heart of old Chalon is flanked by half timbered houses and is enlivened on Fridays and Sunday mornings by a market. A pleasant contemporary fountain and terrace cafes only add to its charm.

  • 7 St Vincent quarter

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place St-Vincent F - 71100 Chalon-sur-Saône

    You can see some attractive half timbered houses in St Vincent Square, in the Rue aux Fèvres, also in the Rue de l'Evêche. Rue de chatelet, no. 37, an attractive facade with bas-reliefs, medallions and gargoyles; finally at no. 39 in the Grand-Rue a ..

  • 8 Hospital

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    7 quai de l'Hôpital F - 71110 Châlon-sur-Saône

    The only original hospital building is that with the Flemish inspired steps. The interior is worth a visit; attractive wood panelling, dressers filled with tin and leather cookware (refectory), pharmacy with a collection of 18 C pots classified accor..

  • 9 Doyenne tower

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai de l'Hôpital F - 71100 Chalon-sur-Saône

    This 15 C Belfry was in earlier days near to the cathedral. In 1907 it was dismantled to be rebuilt at the point of the island. There is an attractive panorama over the town and a nearby lime tree which serves the Buffon seed beds.

  • 10 St Peter's Church

    Religious buildings

    1 Impasse Milon F - 71100 Chalon-sur-Saône

    This old Benedictine chapel was constructed between 1698 and 1713 in an Italianate style. The facade remodelled in the 19 C is impressive. Inside 17 C statues, sculpted stalls and a Regency organ topped by Saul playing a harp.

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