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French Bourgogne is situates on the border between northern and southern Europe. A considerable part of its territory is occupied by pristine lakes and rich vineyards; many world famous wines were named in honor of local towns. Vacationers are attracted by picturesque villages and magnificent castles, elegant churches and unique natural attractions. Gourmets are delighted with local culinary traditions; chefs prepare delicious meals even in provincial towns.
The cultural calendar of Bourgogne is full of various holidays. We can say without a doubt that there celebration on every event. Many amazing festivals are devoted to grapes; one of them … Open
Sens is famous for its picturesque natural places; you can take a tour around its beautiful lakes or go fishing in the most remote places in the area. The suburban area of Charolais is rich in meadows and pastures; the largest national park is located in Nevers. Besides exciting excursions, Morven Park offers horseback riding, as there is a riding school in the reserve.
Among architectural attractions of the region, Notre Dame Cathedral located in Auxonne, the church de Brou, Fontenay Abbey and buildings of Bresse are the most visited. In the suburban area of Macon there is the famous Cluny Abbey founded in the early 10th century. Every year, the shrine is visited by over 60,000 pilgrims from all over the world. Saone-et-Loire has another prominent historical monument, Cochet Castle, which was completed in the 11th century. The fortress occupies a vast territory; the must-have excursion includes a visit to the prison tower and dungeons. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
There are many projects of global significance among cultural and historical attractions of Bourgogne. The Basilica of St Magdalene is situated in Vezelay; it is the unique religious … Open
No less majestic structure is the castle of Saint Pointe; today, one of its rooms is occupied by an art gallery. However, the hallmark of Bourgogne is its excellent wines. Large wineries are located in virtually every corner of the province; the ancient city of Beaune has being a center of winemaking for many years. Drink connoisseurs should have a tour to the local winery complemented by a dinner at one of the restaurants. Wine lists of Bourgogne restaurants will amaze even the most discerning customers, and the hospitality and warmth of locals will make the stay even more enjoyable and unique.
You can find a lot of interesting historical attractions in the capital of Burgundy, Dijon. This peaceful charming city has preserved its historical heritage. Its main symbol is the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy. This is a large architectural complex. Some part of the palace is occupied by the History Museum. It is very convenient to look over the attractions of Dijon during hiking tours. Here, historic buildings interchange with picturesque parks and gardens. Not far from the railway station, there is the Darcy Garden. The station building has a great historical value. Today, many historic buildings in Dijon serve as wine bars, cellars, and interesting gift shops.
Going for vacations, all travelers are wondering how to diversify their leisure. As it would be hard to surprise modern travelers with an abundance of restaurants, entertainment venues and … Open
In Beaune, that is considered as a wine capital of the region, there are a lot of unique historical sites too. The spectacular monument in the Gothic style is the Hospices de Beaune. The annual charity fair is constantly held here. Winemakers from all over the world take part in it. They present the best wines from their cellars. All the proceeds will be used for charitable purposes.
Many travelers know about Sens because of the fact that this city is not so far from Paris. Here, you can admire beautiful historic constructions too. There is a flea market that is open at the weekend in Sens. It is located on the main square of the city, near the old cathedral. In this market, you can buy a lot of interesting souvenirs and antique items. Sens is a perfect place for calm and peaceful recreation. Near the city, there are several amazing lakes surrounded by vast park areas.
1.Travelers deciding to buy local wine as a souvenir are highly recommended to go to one of the wineries. All of them have specialty stores, where customers are offered to taste interesting … Open
The unique historical place is the city of Avallon. It was formed in ancient times. Today, the main attraction of the city is the Roman Church built in the 12th century and the complex of medieval fortifications built in the 15th century. The most visited place here is the Gojar Tower that serves as the Local History Museum now. The historical district of Bibracte is declared an attraction of global significance and is under the protection of UNESCO. There is the preserved beautiful medieval construction. Walks along historical streets may turn into a real journey through time.
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Reference information
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Burgundy
♥   Castle 'Château de Champsigny' Saône-et-Loire, 3.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Igornay' Saône-et-Loire, 7.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Épinac' Saône-et-Loire, 13.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Brandon' Saône-et-Loire, 23.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de La Rochepot' Côte-d’Or, 24.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Burgundy
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Morvan' , 32.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Forêt d’Orient' , 137.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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Basilica and hill of Vezelay

From the series “The Most Interesting UNESCO Sites in France”
It is interesting for its spectacular sculptural decoration. It was restored during the reconstruction. One of the main values of the basilica is considered to be a golden reliquary. The religious monument is also notable for its unusual location. It is located on the top of a hill. Many historical buildings of various periods are located near it. A gorgeous panoramic view of the surrounding area opens from the top of the hill. You should take a walk through the streets of the medieval village of Vezelay after visiting the religious monument. … Read further

Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay

From the series “The Most Interesting UNESCO Sites in France”
There are many unique design elements in the walls of the abbey. The elaborate mosaic floor is considered one of the main decorations. The cloister of the abbey is perfectly preserved. Its length is 38 meters. Incredibly beautiful galleries with vaulted ceilings and carved colonnades frame it. There is a monastery smithy in the southern part of the architectural complex. It was built in the 12th century. Originally, the workshop was located here. The stone was processed in it. The forge received its current status several hundred years later. … Read further
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