a mile off Chevigny on the way to Auxonne, you will easily find a natural
giant : the oak tree
of "la Manche". Estimated age : 250 years, which
means it dates back from the times of king Louis XV. Girth : 6 meters, height
: 60 meters, weight : 80 tons. It still enjoys good health and as it survived
the violent storms of December 1999 its life expectancy is likely to be...some
you can start on a fine tour :
you should not avoid sightseeing on foot one of the finest-ranked
villages in France, MENOTEY,
with its steep streets bordered with beautifully
flowered, fine vine-grower or aristocratic homes.
Do not miss two splendid, finely restored springs of the
15th century. The imposing church shelters statues of
the Burgund school as well as interesting paintings.
Christ (16th C.)
Map of north
Taking back your way you'll soon get
to Auxonne,on the banks of the river Saône, which deserves
a detailed visit.
Proudly overlooking the valley
of the Ognon river, this town is really very attractive with its
promenades above the river, its fine mansions dating from its
glorious period (17th and 18th centuries), and especially its
splendid neo-classical St Hilaire church.
The origins of the town are
most probably very ancient as some specialists think there already
existed a Gallo-Roman settlement.
To be seen time
and time again.
St Hilaire church : decoration
in carved marble from Sampans of the Andelot's chapel (16th C).
Photos Agnès Revel.
Founded in 1136,
the abbey spread out considerably during the 12th and 13th centuries.
Its architecture is typical of the beginning of the Gothic style
in the area. The buildings were greatly transformed in the 18th
century and mostly in the years 1970-72 when it became necessary
to reshape the nave after a violent fire. The church itself gives
an impression of austere monastic simplicity strengthened by the
recent grey-hued stained glass windows by Jean Ricardon executed
by P. A. Parot's workshop in Dijon(1991-94).