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  • 1 Besançon's Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 25000 Besançon

    Begin your walk at the Pont Battant and admire the lovely façades of the 17C houses on the banks of the Doubs. Savour the market atmosphere on Place de la Révolution and then continue on down Grande-Rue, the main street of the town since Roman times...

  • 2 Dôle old town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Nationale-Charles-de-Gaulle F - 39100 Dole

    With its narrow, winding streets, old houses from the 15 to the 18C, huddling tightly together, doorways with coats of arms, little round, square or hexagonal towers, arcaded interior courtyards, flights of steps, wells, niches and wrought iron banis..

  • 3 Forêt de la Joux Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 39300 Champagnole

    This conifer forest is the largest of its kind in France, covering an area of 2 652ha. It is separated from the Forêt de la Fresse by the Angillon river to the south, and adjoins the Forêt de Levier to the north. Although mainly planted with conifers..

  • 4 Château de Bazoches Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 58190 Bazoches

    This typical medieval castle, built at the end of the 12C, has a trapezoidal plan, with three round towers and a rectangular dungeon (the fourth tower, with machicolations, was added in the 14C). Granted to Marshal Vauban in 1675 as a reward for taki..

  • 5 Cathédrale St-Cyr-et-Ste-Julitte Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. du Cloître-St-Cyr F - 58000 Nevers

    Scattered with buttresses, pillars, flying buttresses and pinnacles, the building has some lovely portals and a 52-metre-high square tower. Inside, there is a wide nave and a 16C clock. The 12C fresco is on the Romanesque apse with a caul-de four vau..

  • 6 Notre-Dame Priory Church of La Charité-sur-Loire Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 58400 La Charité-sur-Loire

    Notre-Dame Church is one of the most important Romanesque edifices in Burgundy. Known as "Cluny's eldest daughter", it is noteworthy for its dimensions (122m long, 37m wide and 27m high), its five naves and its capacity of 5 000 people. Fro..

  • 7 Notre-Dame-du-Haut Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    13 r. de la Chapelle F - 70250 Ronchamp

    Rebuilt in 1955, this concrete chapel owes its pure, simple lines to Le Corbusier. The architect broke with his usual inflexible designs to create a more sculptural feel. Inside, one is immediately struck by the ethereal quality of the structure and ..

  • 8 St.Lazare Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. Notre-Dame F - 71400 Autun

    It would have taken a long time to achieve the extensive detail of the tympanum of the central portal, which is the major work of the Cathedral, sculpted between 1130 and 1135 by Gislebertus. The theme is of the Last Judgement depicted around a centr..

  • 9 Nicéphore-Niépce 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 Niépce and his associate Daguerre, some of the first colour photograph..

  • 10 Cluny Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. du 11-Août-1944 F - 71250 Cluny

    Partly built between 1088 and 1130, the Basilica St-Pierre-et-St-Paul was sacked during the Revolution, demolished and sold off stone by stone. What had for a long time been the largest church in Christendom is now but a few meagre fragments. What re..

  • 11 The Abbey Church of St Philibert, Tournus Recommended Recommended

    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..

  • 12 Castle grounds Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 71460 Cormatin

    The grounds of this château were redesigned in 1992 to offer a attractive setting for a stroll. Features include charming paths, a lawn embellished with yew trees in geometric shapes, an assortment of perennials and shrubs, and lovely views of the ch..

  • 13 St-Étienne's Cathedral of Auxerre Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. St-Étienne F - 89000 Auxerre

    A Gothic building constructed between the 13C and 16C with a beautiful Flamboyant façade. Around the ambulatory is a magnificent ensemble of stained-glass medallion windows in which blues and reds predominate. The Romanesque crypt contains famous fre..

  • 14 Abbey of St Germain Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    2 bis pl. St-Germain F - 89000 Auxerre

    Founded in the 6C by Queen Clotilde, this abbey is the city's most venerable monument. The 12C steeple, now freestanding after the destruction of part of the fabric of the church, is remarkable. The 9C crypt, rebuilt in the 9C, has some Carolingian f..

  • 15 Château d'Ancy-le-Franc Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    18 pl. Clermont-Tonnerre F - 89160 Ancy-le-Franc

    This château on the banks of the River Armançon is one of Burgundy's finest residences. It was built for Antoine III de Clermont, Dauphiné's governor and husband of Anne-Françoise de Poitiers, in 1546, according to plans by Sebastiano Serlio. This It..

  • 16 Château de Tanlay Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 89430 Tanlay

    The appeal of this château, which is a stone's throw from the Burgundy Canal and is surrounded by wide moats, lies not only in its rich architectural exterior, but also in the quality of its interior decoration and furnished apartments. Built around ..

  • 17 Pontigny Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    av. de l'Abbaye F - 89230 Pontigny

    Founded in 1114, Pontigny Abbey has retained its vast abbey church (117m long, including the porch, and 54m wide) in a remarkable state of preservation. This fine example of Cistercian art features a plain West front, adorned only with a cross carved..

  • 18 Lion de Belfort Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    allée du Souvenir-Français F - 90000 Belfort

    This pharaonic lion (inspired by Egyptian statues) set against the rockface, below the barracks built by General Haxo, was sculpted by Bartholdi between 1875 and 1880 and erected on the site piece by piece. Carved from red Vosges sandstone, it symbol..

  • 19 Belfort Citadel Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Vieille ville F - 90000 Belfort

    Dominating the old town, the imposing red Vosges sandstone castle was constructed in the 12C but remodelled several times, most notably by Vauban in the 17C, then by Generals Lecourbe and Haxo. In the Great Underground Hall, video projections relate ..

  • 20 Château de Fléchères Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    130 allée de Flechères F - 01480 Fareins

    The restoration of a monument can be an intense and moving process. This was certainly the case when work was being carried out on this château, where a host of discoveries were made. From the outside, the architecture is striking in its originality:..

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