IN THE SURROUNDINGS OF SIGY-LE-CHÂTEL
Mâcon is situated half an hour from Sigy-le-Châtel. This, in origin Celtic city, played an important part, especially in The Middle Ages, as capital of a County belonging to the duchy of Burgundy. During the Hundred Year War the city had a hard time. Fortunately the inhabitants of Mâcon could preserve many authentic elements. So you can admire the remnants of the former cathedral Saint-Vincent and you can visit the ‘Maison de Bois’ (the Wooden House), a framework from the Renaissance. Mâcon is also the city of wine. Every year there is the fair ‘Foire Internationale des Vins de France’. The famous French poet and politician Alphonse de Lamartine was born in Mâcon. These days you can still visit the ‘Musée Lamartine’.
This city is situated on a fifteen minute drive from Sigy-le-Châtel. It has especially become famous because of the Order of Cluny, which, in the Middle Ages, had a very important influence on the religious, political and artistic life in Western Europe. The Benedict monastery, the Abbey of Cluny, was founded in 910, and was the center of a great monastic reformatory movement. Between 1798 and 1823, the Abbey was largely devastated. From the monastic church only the transept and two towers remain. The ‘Musée d’Art et d’Archéologie’ is situated in the former abbot house and has a collection that contains the remnants of the Abbey, among which are sculptures and architectural elements. In the old centre of Cluny, you can admire a few houses in Roman style.
Thanks the countless roads and the paths who serpentine through the vineyards, it is possible to do great walks and cycling-tours in these charming surroundings.
The Rock of Solutré :
At a very little distance of Mâcon, the ‘Roche de Solutré’ dominates the vineyards in de surroundings. It is a gigantic rock that towers above the landscape. This classified site has a rich collection of remnants from the ‘Paleolithicum’ (20.000-16.000B.C.). Many of these archeological remnants have found their place in the ‘Musée Départemental de Préhistoire’, situated in the commune of Solutré-Pouilly. A walk to the top of the rock, with a promise of a superb view, takes about half an hour.
The castle ruins of Sigy-le-Châtel :
The Cormatin castle :
Burgundy is not only known for his fantastic wines, but also for his Roman churches and chapels. You can discover them everywhere in the landscape. Most of them were raised in the early Middle Ages, under the influence of the religious reformation movement of Cluny. They are recognizable by their tight, often cumbersome view. Also the thick walls, the little windows and the round arches are typical features of the Roman architecture. The picture in the right shows the Roman church of Sigy
Artisan Markets / Flea-markets :
You can say your vacation is successful when you have enjoyed all the things a region has to offer. At the countless artisan markets, which are organised in the region of Sigy-le-Châtel, you can not only taste the local wine, buy fresh goat cheese, or enjoy sweet honey, but you can also buy beautiful handmade stuff. Don't forget to visit the ‘marchés aux puces’, the famous flea-markets, and the ‘vide-greniers’, where people sell personal things. (‘vide-greniers’ means: empty your loft).
There is so much to see and to do...