Burgundy

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  • 1. Abbaye de Fontenay

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The best-preserved of the Cistercian abbeys, the Abbaye de Fontenay was founded in 1118 by St. Bernard. The same Cistercian criteria applied...Read More

  • 2. Ancienne Abbaye

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in the 10th century, the Ancienne Abbaye was the largest church in Europe until the 16th century, when Michelangelo built St. Peter...Read More

  • 3. Basilique Ste-Madeleine

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In the 11th and 12th centuries, the celebrated Basilique Ste-Madeleine was one of the focal points of Christendom. Pilgrims poured in to see...Read More

  • 4. Cathédrale St-Étienne

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Historically linked more with Paris than Burgundy, Sens was the country’s ecclesiastical center for centuries. Today it's still dominated by...Read More

  • 5. Abbaye de Cîteaux

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Robert de Molesmes founded the austere Cistercian order at this abbey near Clos de Vougeot in 1098, and the complex has housed monks ever since...Read More

  • 6. Abbaye de St-Germain

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    North of Place des Cordeliers is the former Abbaye de St-Germain, which stands parallel to the cathedral some 300 yards away. The church's earliest...Read More

  • 7. Basilique St-Andoche

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The town's Basilique St-Andoche, one of Burgundy's finest Romanesque churches, is almost as old as that in Vézelay, though less imposing and...Read More

  • 8. Basilique St-Urbain

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Started in 1261 by Pope Urban IV (a native son) and eventually consecrated in 1389, St-Urbain is one of the most remarkable churches in France...Read More

  • 9. Cathédrale St-Bénigne

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The chief glory of this comparatively austere cathedral is its atmospheric 11th-century crypt, in which a forest of pillars is surmounted by...Read More

  • 10. Cathédrale St-Étienne

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The town's dominant feature is the ascending line of three magnificent churches—St-Pierre, St-Étienne, and St-Germain—with Cathédrale St-Étienne...Read More

  • 11. Cathédrale St-Lazare

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Autun's principal monument is the Cathédrale St-Lazare, a Romanesque cathedral in Gothic clothing. It was built between 1120 and 1146 to house...Read More

  • 12. Cathédrale St-Pierre St-Paul

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Dominating the heart of Troyes, this remarkable cathedral is a prime example of the Flamboyant Gothic style—regarded as the last gasp of the...Read More

  • 13. Collégiale Notre-Dame

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A series of tapestries relating the life of the Virgin hangs in Beaune's main church, the 12th-century Romanesque Collégiale Notre-Dame. They...Read More

  • 14. Notre-Dame

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the city's oldest churches, Notre-Dame stands out with spindlelike towers, delicate arches gracing its facade, and 13th-century stained...Read More

  • 15. St-Michel

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This church, with its chunky Renaissance facade, fast-forwards 300 years from Notre-Dame. ...Read More

  • 16. Ste-Madeleine

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    The oldest church in Troyes, Ste-Madeleine is best known for its elaborate triple-arch stone rood screen separating the nave and the choir....Read More

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