The best historical attractions in Burgundy

Château de Bussy-Rabutin peuplier/Flickr

Château de Bussy-Rabutin ©peuplier/Flickr

The beautiful and historic region of Burgundy is situated in the eastern part of the country. There are dozens of things to do and to see in the area. Burgundy is not famous only due to its wonderful tourist attractions and historic settlements, but for its expensive wines, too. Below I will present you the best historical attractions in Burgundy.

From churches to archeological sites, from medieval villages to chateaus, Burgundy has it all! There is no tourist who can not find at least one visitor attraction to suit his preferences. Some of the best historic sights are the following: the Fontenay Abbey, the Château de Bussy-Rabutin, the picturesque village of Montréal, the Sacré-Coeur Basilica in Paray-le-Monial and the archeological site of Les Fontaines-Salées. Read on to find out more about them.

The Fontenay Abbey

As one of France’s oldest Cistercian monasteries, the Fontenay Abbey is a wonderful visitor attraction of Burgundy. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. The building was constructed of sandstone and presents no sophisticated decoration. Still, it is beautiful with its stained glass windows. The abbey can be visited every day throughout the year. (March 2013)

Fontenay Abbey Jeff Marquis/Flickr

Fontenay Abbey ©Jeff Marquis/Flickr

The Château de Bussy-Rabutin

One of the most beautiful historic sights of Burgundy, the Château de Bussy-Rabutin is an astonishing castle. It was named after its original owner, Roger de Bussy-Rabutin. He completed the restoration of the chateau in 1649. It occupies a surface of about 34 hectares. The castle is surrounded by gorgeous gardens and parkland. The wonderful Château de Bussy-Rabutin can be visited daily from 9:15 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00 except Mondays. (March 2013)

Château de Bussy-Rabutin peuplier/Flickr

Château de Bussy-Rabutin ©peuplier/Flickr

The picturesque village of Montréal

The village of Montréal is one of the several historic settlements of Burgundy. It has a picturesque setting, perched on a hill. This charming village attracts dozens of visitors every year. It is extremely popular among Parisians who have beautiful second homes here. As you walk along the steep and charming streets of the village it is like stepping back in the past.

The Sacré-Coeur Basilica in Paray-le-Monial

The beautiful basilica of Sacré-Coeur in the town of Paray-le-Monial is a fascinating historical sight of Burgundy. Built of sandstone, the impressive building dates from the 12th century. There is also a museum nearby the basilica which presents works of sacred art.

Château de Commarin

Another spectacular castle of Burgundy is the Château de Commarin. Besides the exterior of the astonishing castle, the interior is also very attractive. The furnishings are breathtaking. If you love to visit castles, you can not miss this one! It can be visited from April to November, every day except Tuesdays, from 10:00 until 12:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00. (March 2013)

Chateau de Commarin ©HTO3/Flickr

Chateau de Commarin ©©HTO3/Flickr



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