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  • 1 Abbaye de Tournus Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 71700 Tournus

    Initially devoted to St Valerian, a Christian from Asia Minor who travelled to Tournus to convert the people in the 2C, the abbey changed patron saint in the early 9C, following the arrival of monks from Noirmoutier fleeing Norsemen. They brought wit..

  • 2 Old Hospital Interesting

    Museums and art

    21 r. de l'Hôpital F - 71700 Tournus

    After three centuries of good and loyal service to poor patients, the Hôtel-Dieu ceased activity in 1982. The old wards have been restored and reflect hospital life from the 17C on. The lines of traditional oak box-beds are still in place. There is a..

  • 3 Burgundy Traditions Museum

    Museums and art

    8 Place de l'Abbaye F - 71700 Tournus

    This attractive folk traditions museum has been set up in a 17C treasurer's house. Scenes of the daily life of peasants in days gone by have been reconstituted using wax models dressed in regional costume. Note the interior of a Bresse farm, a Tournu..

  • 4 View of the bridge and quayside

    Nature and gardens

    quai de Verdun F - 71700 Tournus

    From the bridge over the Saône, there is a fine view of the Church of St Philibert and the town. Walk as far as the pleasure-boat harbour. In the centre of the attractive Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville stands a statue of Greuze.

  • 5 Church of the Magdalen

    Religious buildings

    Rue Désirée Mathivet F - 71700 Tournus

    This charming church stands in the centre of the old Roman town. The chevet, surrounded by old buildings, watches over the banks of the Saône. The 12C semicircular portico still remains with its slim columns, decorated with beaded braid, overlapping ..

  • 6 Church of St Philibert

    Religious buildings

    pl. de l'Abbaye F - 71700 Tournus

    This magnificent Romanesque church has an austere façade dating from the 10 and 11C, its warm colours and mighty walls relieved by Lombard bands. Above the narthex, St Michael's Chapel has capitals dating from the Carolinian period. The bareness of t..

  • 7 Abbey Buildings

    Religious buildings

    Rue Gabriel-Jeanton F - 71700 Tournus

    The abbey is composed of a cloister, the southern buildings of which contain the town and abbey library. The chapter house, destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1239 by Abbot Bérard, has pointed Gothic arches and Romanesque bays. The 15C Abbey dwelling i..

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