General view of Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Benoît church in Perrecy-les-ForgesPerrecy 15 2020 05 25 Dji 0111 Xspertini
©Perrecy 15 2020 05 25 Dji 0111 Xspertini|Xavier Spertini

On the road to Romanesque art

Creusot Montceau, a concentration of Romanesque art in Southern Burgundy.

If, between your visit to the Musée de la Mine and your exploration of the Château de la Verrerie, you’d like to take your mind off things and go back in time, Creusot Montceau hides some nuggets that are well worth the detour.

Saône-et-Loire is famous for its multitude of Romanesque churches.

So set off from Montceau-les-Mines on the Romanesque art trail and discover three places steeped in history.

Raphaël, heritage expert at the Tourist Office
3 flagship churches
In a green setting
A stone's throw from the city

Gourdon church

Just a few minutes from the city, Gourdon is a small village perched on a hill with its houses huddled around a small church. Step inside and you’ll be amazed by the interior décor. In addition to its imaginative sculpted capitals, the church of Gourdon contains an exceptional collection of wall paintings, restored to their original freshness.

Have you worked up an appetite?

The village inn is one of the region’s finest restaurants, where you can sample Burgundian cuisine.


After your meal, continue a few kilometers further up the Mont-Saint-Vincent hill. At an altitude of 610 metres. The site of an old mill has given way to a belvedere from which you’ll enjoy an unobstructed view of the whole region and beyond! On a clear day, you might even be able to make out Mont Blanc.

Once you’ve enjoyed the view, wander through the narrow streets of the village. You’ll come across a number of charming residences before arriving at the church, a former Cluniac site dating back to the 11th century.

Feel like shopping?

Push open the door of the nacrier’s boutique and let yourself be tempted by the delicate, iridescent creations of this craftsman of rare skill.

Perrecy-les-Forges church

To discover our third stage, head towards the Charolais region, towards Perrecy-les-Forges. It was in this village that monks settled in the 9th century. They built a church that today is a unique example, with its imposing entrance portal. The richly sculpted tympanum of the narthex contrasts with the relative simplicity of the building’s interior. You’re sure to feel a sense of serenity as you walk through the vaulted nave.

And why not extend your visit with a tasting session?

Behind the carriage doors of the former stables, a craft brewery has just opened. Taste one of the brewery’s products and end your day in Romanesque style!

And finally...

Continue your discovery

Are you interested in Romanesque art? Come and visit us at the Tourist Office, where our team will be delighted to advise you on how to extend your discovery of this ancient Saône-et-Loire heritage.

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