The Burgundian partnership with nature:
The Abbey of Fontenay, one of the oldest Cistercian monasteries in France, offers large French gardens as an extension of the visit to the abbey. In addition, there are newly landscaped gardens with a wide variety of plantations and centuries-old trees. They have been classified as “Remarkable Gardens of France” since 2004.
The unique architectural structures of the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, dating from the end of the Enlightenment in the 18th century, are transformed. A redevelopment of its giant Circle has been launched. Its original inspiration was the dream of an ideal city in the shape of a complete circle around the saltworks. This work on landscaped gardens will complete the project by architect CN Ledoux.
Just like the gardens, the vines, delimited and named, have been exploited in Burgundy since the Middle Ages. In Burgundy, the term “Climat” is used for more than 1,200 vineyards between Dijon and the south of Beaune, which illustrate the wine-growing practices and the “terroir”, which are known the world over.
Hills and characteristic locations:
The exceptional location of the Notre Dame du Haut Chapel, built at the top of a hill in Ronchamp, makes this masterpiece by Le Corbusier a powerful site. The architect used light as a material in its own right.
The Basilica of Vézelay was built on the “eternal hill” dominating the Morvan chain. Like a lighthouse, it has been guiding pilgrims to Rome, Santiago de Compostela or Jerusalem since the beginning of the 11th century.
The Citadelle Vauban in Besançon, perched more than 100 meters high on an anticline, offers spectacular views over the old town and the surrounding countryside. On an area of nearly 12 hectares, visitors can discover a multitude of activities and events.
Since the 11th century, La Charité-sur-Loire has been a major stage in the pilgrimage to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle. Its priory, built in a landscape resting on the banks of the Loire, adds magic to its grandeur.
The diversity of these properties and sites is remarkable for their architectural characteristics, but the interest in visiting them is heightened by the richness of the surrounding nature, which is alive and evolving with the seasons and changes. Now is the time to come and discover or rediscover these great heritage sites, to which must be added the Grande Saline de Salins-les-Bains and the prehistoric Paleolithic sites of the lakes of Chalain and Clairvaux.