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Top Choice Abbey in Pays d’Auxois

Abbaye de Fontenay

Founded in 1118 and enshrined as a Unesco World Heritage site, Fontenay Abbey offers a fascinating glimpse of the austere, serene surroundings in which Cistercian monks lived lives of contemplation and manual labour…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Parc Naturel Régional du Morvan

Bibracte

For anyone who's ever read an Astérix comic book and wondered how France's Celtic people really lived, Bibracte is a must-see. This hilltop stronghold of the ancient Gauls, together with the attached Museum of Celti…
Top Choice Church in Vézelay

Basilique Ste-Madeleine

Founded in the AD 880s on a former Roman and Carolingian site, Vézelay's stunning hilltop basilica was rebuilt between the 11th and 13th centuries. On the famous 12th-century tympanum, visible from the narthex (encl…
Top Choice Museum in Dijon

Musée des Beaux-Arts

Nearing the end of a nine-year renovation, these sprawling galleries in Dijon's monumental Palais des Ducs are works of art in themselves and constitute one of France's most outstanding museums. The star attraction …
Top Choice Church in Cluny

Église Abbatiale

Cluny's vast abbey church, built between 1088 and 1130, once extended from the map table in front of the Palais Jean de Bourbon to the trees near the octagonal Clocher de l'Eau Bénite (Tower of the Holy Water) and t…
Top Choice Museum in Châtillon-sur-Seine

Musée du Pays Châtillonnais Trésor de Vix

Châtillon’s main claim to fame is the Trésor de Vix (Vix Treasure), a collection of Celtic, Etruscan and Greek objects from the 6th century BC on display at the Musée du Pays Châtillonnais. The outstanding collectio…
Top Choice Cathedral in Autun

Cathédrale St-Lazare

Originally Romanesque, this cathedral was built in the 12th century to house the sacred relics of St Lazarus. Over the main doorway, the famous Romanesque tympanum shows the Last Judgment surrounded by zodiac signs,…
Top Choice Historic Building in Beaune

Hôtel-Dieu des Hospices de Beaune

Built in 1443, this magnificent Gothic hospital (until 1971) is famously topped by stunning turrets and pitched rooftops covered in multicoloured tiles. Interior highlights include the barrel-vaulted Grande Salle (l…
Top Choice Burgundian in Mâcon

Ma Table en Ville

Balancing top-of-the-line gastronomy with an unfailingly welcoming atmosphere, this husband-and-wife venture is a total gem. Chef Gilles Bérard brings decades of experience in some of France's finest Michelin-starre…
Top Choice Burgundian in Cluny

La Table d'Héloïse

South of town, this family-run restaurant with a charmingly cosy, newly remodelled interior is a terrific place to sample firmly traditional Burgundian specialities, from the dexterously prepared fricassée d'escargo…