The surprising Church of Tournus is a masterpiece of Romanesque art in Southern Burgundy, and takes visitors on a journey back a thousand years.
Stop off in Tournus and come and explore the town and the surroundings. In Tournus, come and see the abbey, hotel-dieu (hospital once run by the Catholic church), picturesque streets, great restaurants, museums, banks of the river Saône, by bike, on foot or on a boat trip.
Explore Saint-Philibert's Church
From the outside
The huge façade is almost military in appearance: a fortified enclosure with towers, just a few scattered openings such as arrow slits, etc. The stern appearance is not exactly dreamlike and you would never expect the surprise that awaits you inside. Venture through the doors to appreciate the tranquillity and splendour of the place.
From the inside
Inside, there are archways way up above the nave (no less than 18 metres high!), and the whole place is bathed in light. The austerity, visible brickwork and high rounded columns give this monument an archaic yet very modern appearance.
Tournus, the "pearl of the south"
Colourful façades, rounded, pink tiles... Without a doubt, Tournus is worthy of its title as the "Pearl of Southern Burgundy"!
On the banks of the Saône, at the heart of the French countryside, this little town has plenty of hidden treasures. The church is, of course, one of them, as well as the Hôtel-Dieu (hospital once run by the Catholic church) and the Musée Greuze, the exceptionally well-preserved apothecary, the town centre with picturesque little streets and the great restaurants dotted along the way! You're in for a treat!
By bicycle or by boat
Use the river Saône as the reference for your getaway. Whether you choose to enjoy a boat trip along the Saône or cycle along the Voie Bleue cycle path, you will be exploring Southern burgundy at an easy-going pace.