Burgundy

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  • 1. Abbaye de Cluny

    Founded in the 10th century, the Abbaye de Cluny was the largest church in Europe until the 16th century, when St. Peter's Basilica in Rome...Read More

  • 2. Abbaye de Fontenay

    The best-preserved of the Cistercian abbeys, the Abbaye de Fontenay was founded in 1118 by St-Bernard. The same Cistercian criteria applied to Fontenay as to...Read More

  • 3. Basilique Ste-Madeleine

    In the 11th and 12th centuries, the celebrated Basilique Ste-Madeleine was one of the focal points of Christendom. Pilgrims poured in to see the relics...Read More

  • 4. Cathédrale St-Étienne

    Historically linked more with Paris than Burgundy, Sens was the country’s ecclesiastical center for centuries. Today it's still dominated by Cathédrale St-Étienne, once the French...Read More

  • 5. Château d'Ancy-le-Franc

    Built from Sebastiano Serlio's designs, with interior blandishments by Primaticcio, the Château d'Ancy-le-Franc is an important example of Italianism, less for its plain, heavy exterior...Read More

  • 6. Château de Tanlay

    Unlike most aristocrats who heeded the royal summons to live at Versailles and fled the countryside, the Marquis and Marquise de Tanlay opted to live...Read More

  • 7. Château du Clos de Vougeot

    Although it wasn’t completed until the Renaissance, construction on Château du Clos de Vougeot was actually begun in the 12th century by Cistercian monks from...Read More

  • 8. Hospices de Beaune

    With its steep, gabled roof colorfully tiled in intricate patterns, the famed Hospices de Beaune is this city’s top attraction—and one of Burgundy’s most iconic...Read More

  • 9. Palais des Ducs

    The elegant, classical exterior of this former palace can best be admired from half-moon Place de la Libération and the cour d'honneur. The kitchens (circa...Read More

  • 10. Abbaye de Cîteaux

    Robert de Molesmes founded the austere Cistercian order at this abbey near Clos de Vougeot in 1098, and the complex has housed monks ever since....Read More

  • 11. Abbaye de St-Germain

    North of Place des Cordeliers is the former Abbaye de St-Germain, which stands parallel to the cathedral some 300 yards away. The church's earliest aboveground...Read More

  • 12. Basilique St-Andoche

    The town's Basilique St-Andoche, one of Burgundy's finest Romanesque churches, is almost as old as the one in Vézelay, though less imposing and much restored....Read More

  • 13. Basilique St-Urbain

    Started in 1261 by Pope Urban IV (a native son) and eventually consecrated in 1389, St-Urbain is one of the most remarkable churches in France—a...Read More

  • 14. Bouchard Père et Fils Château de Beaune

    Bouchard is one of the major domaines and négociants in Beaune. Its unparalleled legacy of 50,000 bottles from the Côte de Beaune and Côte de...Read More

  • 15. Cassissium

    Inside the Cassissium’s sparkling glass-and-steel building, the world of cassis is explored through films and interactive displays. A 90-minute tour of Védrenne's liqueur production ends...Read More

  • 16. Cathédrale St-Bénigne

    The chief glory of this comparatively austere cathedral is its atmospheric 11th-century crypt (currently closed for renovations), in which a forest of pillars is surmounted...Read More

  • 17. Cathédrale St-Étienne

    The town's dominant feature is the ascending line of three magnificent churches—St-Pierre, St-Étienne, and St-Germain—with Cathédrale St-Étienne in the middle, rising majestically above the squat...Read More

  • 18. Cathédrale St-Lazare

    Autun's principal monument is the Cathédrale St-Lazare, a Romanesque cathedral in Gothic clothing. It was built between 1120 and 1146 to house the relics of...Read More

  • 19. Cathédrale St-Pierre St-Paul

    Dominating the heart of Troyes, this remarkable cathedral is a prime example of the Flamboyant Gothic style—regarded as the last gasp of the Middle Ages....Read More

  • 20. Chablis Tourist Office

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