Places of interest

Chateaux


Cormatin castleThere are several chateaux within easy reach of Saint Sernin du Plain; visit the chateaux of the Burgundy dukes in the Saône and Loire: at nearby Couches the chateau was a 13th century fortress where Marguerite de Bourgogne is said to have spent the end of her life, Rully a medieval fortress, Germolles, late 14th century, the summer mansion of Philippe le Hardi and Marguerite de Flandres, and Cormatin, a 17th century chateau with interiors from the reign of Louis XIII, a park and box maze.


Hospices de BeauneIn the Côte d’Or, a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune , a 15th century hospital with a stunning roof of multi-coloured glazed tiles, is part of everybody’s agenda.


Then, there is La Rochepot, a 13th century fortress and once home to the Lords Regnier and Philippe Pot and a little further, at 53 km, the chateau du Clos Vougeot a 15th century Cistercian chateau.

 

Religious and spiritual sites

 

Amongst some of the religious and spiritual sites you can visit are the world famous religious community of Taizé, an important destination for Christian pilgrimage, particularly for young people, at 55 kms and The Temple of a Thousand Buddhas, the Buddhist Centre at Plaige, la Boulaye at 66 kms.


The basilica in the village of Vezelay, the starting point of the via Lemovicensis, one of the four main routes for pilgrims in France of the famous route of Saint Jacques de Compostelle, is at 120 kms. Vezelay church and hill are listed on Unesco’s list of world heritage sites.


Cluny abbeyLike Vezelay, Cluny, with its Abbey founded in 910, is a starting point for pilgrims of Saint Jacques, taking this time the via Podensis du Puy en Velay.
Information for walking parts of these routes is easily obtainable and they are clearly indicated at regular intervals by the sign of a scallop shell – the symbol of St Jacques.

Archaeological and prehistoric sites

Roche de solutré
The following sites, where you can learn about some of the rich history of the region, are within easy reach :


Solutré : Musée départmental de préhistoire
Traces the history of one of the richest prehistoric findings in Europe

 

Azé Caves
A classified prehistoric site : one of the largest caves to have been developed in Burgundy; with two caves, an underground river and an archaeological museum.


Chassey le Camp
A Neolithic encampment with traces of the Chassean civilisation . Guided tours of the site are possible.


Mont-Beuvray
The ancient gallic town of Bibracte the capital of the Eduen tribe was built on the mount. Visit the archaeological site and the museum, which traces the history of the Celtic civilisation in Europe.