Beaune

The historic part of Beaune is fairly small. Hidden behind the thick defensive walls/ramparts, it can easily be visited in a day.

Best way would be finding a car park just outside the historic part of town and visit the old streets with 16th century houses.

The old ramparts have been well conserved. They form a round road almost uninterrupted over 2 km. You can do a nice walk staying very near the ramparts. Eight strongholds are attached to these defensive works, which now house someof the most important wine caves of Beaune.

Whilst walking through the centre of the town, you will be seduced by the facades of elegant buildings like the Hôtel de la Rochepot, a wonderful house dating back to the 15th century. A pleasant market is held every Saturday morning of the de la Halle square.

Art lovers will definately want to visit the Collégiale Notre-Dame, aka “daughter of Cluny” a great exemple of romanesque art in Burgundy. Wine lovers will prefer the Wine Museum, housed in the former Hotel of the Dukes of Burgundy, which retraces the history of the Burgundy vineyards.

 

The famous Hospices de Beaune

Even if the town visit is well worthwhile, Beaune is mostly famous for the Hospices. The Hôtel-Dieu is part of the Hospices and a fine exemple of flemish-burgundy art. The multi-coloured tuiles and the building itself were made in the 15th Century. Apart from the facade and the extra-ordinary poverty chamber (enormous room of 72 m long), the Hôtel-Dieu also boasts a great art collection. The showpiece of this collection is most definately the Last Judgement by Rogier van der Weyden.

Every year, major wine sales are organised in the Hospices. The benefits of these sales directly contribute to the maintenance of the Hôtel-Dieu and help with running the daily life in and around the former hospital.

The town of Beaune is situated 58 kilometers from Castel Camping Château de l’Epervière.

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