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Entertainment
“This is really something. The people at Guedelon are building a castle from the ground up, with techniques from the middle ages. When you walk there it really comes to life, you can suddenly imagine how they made all those amazing buildings.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Collection médiévale et Renaissance / Medieval and Renaissance Collection Tombeaux des Ducs de Bourgogne / Tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy”
  • 52 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Inauguré au milieu des années 90, McArthurGlen Troyes affiche une centaine de magasins sur 30 000 mètres carrés de surface de vente. Le village de marques, qui compte des enseignes comme Armani, Guess, Hugo Boss, Nike, Maje ou encore Tommy Hilfiger, attire chaque année 2,5 millions de visiteurs sur les terres natales des premiers villages de marques.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Zoo
“Pal is an amusement park but also a zoo created in 1973 in the Allier. On 35 acres and offers 25 attractions of all kinds ranging from large eight dizzying ride a raft on a lake automatic through ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Church
“Founded in 910, the Benedictine Cluny Abbey had an exceptional influence on Europe, both political, artistic and religious. Both a town and an abbey, Cluny, even without its great abbey, bears witness to the greatness of the monastic reform movement of the Middle Ages.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful forest walks, gorgeous scenery. Very peaceful. You can walk for a day in the forests and woodland without seeing another person. Listen to the birdsong and see the wildlife.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Museum
“The Hospices de Beaune, a 15th century hospital foundation, its shimmering roofs are the emblem of Burgundy.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Church
“Unesco World Heritage Impressive sober medieval abbeye, beautiful inner garden, formal garden and park, located in serene and tranquil valley.”
  • 46 locals recommend
History Museum
“Recently voted as France's favorite historic monument, the monastery of Brou is a not to be missed visit with it's excellent art works and, ornate buildings and tours.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Zoo
“Zoo featuring many animals & attractions such as a carousel, train, museums & seasonal water slides.”
  • 26 locals recommend
History Museum
“Awesome history of the Gauls/Romans. Nice restaurant too. They do live enactments.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Church
“The church and hill at Vézelay were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1979. Alleged relics of Mary Magdalene can be seen inside the Basilica. The Benedictine abbey church, now the Basilica of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (Saint Mary Magdalene), with its complex program of imagery in sculpted capitals and portals, is one of the outstanding masterpieces of Burgundian Romanesque art and architecture. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Begun in 1605, the Château of Cormatin is unique in France for its exceptionally well-preserved interiors from the reign of Louis XIII (1628). The guided tour includes: turn-of-the-century sitting rooms, the kitchens and a grand "open" staircase, wide moats. The 12-ha grounds feature: a fine boxwood maze. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Berceau de l'industrie de la maille et capitale historique des magasins d'usine, Troyes compte inévitablement son centre de magasins d'usine et de déstockage : Marques Avenue. Ce véritable village de marques est constitué de 4 bâtiments à l'architecture mêlant la brique et le fer forgé abritent plus de 120 boutiques : fringues en prêt-à-porter, sportswear, accessoires, maroquinerie ou chaussures à prix réduits sont au rendez-vous ! Le centre proposede grandes marques proposant des tarifs direct fabricant entre 30% et 70% moins chers que dans le réseau traditionnel.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Great for a swim, to relax (in a hamac) between the trees, to sail, to walk around it (14km) and with restaurants and a good pizzeria.”
  • 31 locals recommend
History Museum
“ A hospital foundation from the Middle Ages, the Hospices de Beaune is one of France’s most prestigious historic monuments. Its flamboyant Gothic architecture, its polychrome roofs and a renowned vineyard make this museum one of Burgundy’s gems. The Hospices de Beaune is also famous for its 60 hectares wine estate, producing prestigious wines, sold at auction on the third Sunday in November. A Palace for the Poor When in 1443, Chancellor Nicolas Rolin founded the Hôtel Dieu (Hospices de Beaune), Beaune was coming out of the 100 years war, a period of unrest and plague that decimated the countryside. It was for the poor and the most disadvantaged that this masterpiece inspired by the most outstanding hôtels-Dieu of Flanders and Paris was built. Behind the austere slate roofs of the facade are the stunning courtyard, beautiful varnished tile roofs and overhead skylights. All around the courtyard, the harmonious organisation of buildings rule the life of this charitable institution: under the hull-shaped arches of the poor room, the sick were welcomed in, and in the kitchen with its huge Gothic chimneys, meals were prepared, while the apothecary with its mortar and earthenware pots, was the preserve of the sister pharmacist. Palace for the poor - Hospices de Beaune © Francis Vauban Palace for the poor - Hospices de Beaune © Francis Vauban Hospices de Beaune: a foundation for all eternity Nicolas Rolin used his vast knowledge of hospital institutions to make his hôtel Dieu (Hospices de Beaune) an establishment capable of surviving the centuries. As a good trader, he placed it under the spiritual authority of the Holy See, free from any charge and under good management, endowing it with vineyards, farms and woods. But the search for architectural perfection, the beauty of objects and the polyptych of the Last Judgement ordered from Rogier Van der Weyden, one of the great masters of Flemish painting, it’s the Christian and philanthropist to whom we’re indebted. Nicolas Rolin made his hôtel dieu a work and an act of faith for all eternity. Hôtel-Dieu's Entrance © Studio Piffaut Polyptych of the Last Judgement © F. Vauban Entrance - Hospices de Beaune © Francis Vauban Pharmacy © Francis Vauban Hospices de Beaune: the wine-makers’ hospital In 1457, Guillemette Levernier made the first gift of vineyards to the Hospices de Beaune, and this tradition was to continue for five centuries. Today, the wine estate is around 60 hectares, of which 50 are devoted to Pinot Noir and the rest to Chardonnay. Entrusted to 22 winemakers handpicked by its manager, this exceptional vineyard accounts for 85% of premiers crus and grands crus sold at auction on the third Sunday in November. The sale, today organised by Christie's auction house, is the most famous wine charity auction in the world. The proceeds of the sale are used to improve the hospital’s equipment and in the conservation of the Hôtel Dieu. ”
  • 21 locals recommend