Fairy tale setting with a sweet centre

Beyond the Montbard hills, the picturesque village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain stands atop its rocky spur. Its abbey, narrow medieval streets and ramparts all bear witness to past grandeur. Today it is classed as one of the loveliest villages in France and is famous for making sweets!

A stronghold...

Flavigny-sur-Ozerain was an Auxois stronghold on which the Gallo-Roman period, the rise of Christianity in Europe and the royal power of the Renaissance have all left their mark.

Julius Caesar was thought to have set up one of his military camps on the hill before defeating the Gallic army at Alésia..

Medieval walls began to be built in the 8th century around the Benedictine abbey.

In 1590 King Henri IV set up a parliament at Flavigny-sur-Ozerain to counter hostility in the assembly at Dijon.

...and a picturesque village

The charming narrow streets of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain wind past Medieval and Renaissance houses, today lovingly cared for by their devoted owners.

As you walk around be sure to go into the Abbey of Saint Pierre: recent archaeological activity has uncovered a hexagonal chapel and ambulatory in an extension to the Sainte-Reine crypt.

There's a lovely walk around the ramparts, with their machicolated gates and round towers, affording fine views of the Auxois hills.

Very good goodies

The abbey is the only place where famous Anis de Flavigny sweets are made and it enjoys Site Remarquable du Goût status. The sweets are available in a dozen different flavours, from blackcurrant to violet, and carry on a culinary tradition begun in the time of King Louis IX. The recipe for this natural product has remained unchanged since the 16th century!

In summer the Musicales en Auxois Festival of Baroque Music takes place in this delightful setting. Did you know that Flavigny-sur-Ozerain and its vineyards were used as the location for Lasse Hallström's film "Le Chocolat" in 2000 (starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp)?

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  • Pays d'Art et d'Histoire - Auxois
Office de Tourisme et de la Culture du pays d'Alésia et de la Seine
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  • L'Office du Tourisme du Pays d'Alésia et de la Seine vous permet d'inclure Flavigny-sur-Ozerain parmi les plus belles étapes d'un séjour historique et viticole. Visitez les chais du vignoble de Flavigny-Alésia et dégustez les vins issus de 6 cépages : Aligoté, Chardonnay, Auxerrois, Pinot Beurot, Pinot noir et... César !

    D'avril à septembre :
    - Du lundi au samedi : de 9 h 30 à 12 h 30 et de 14h à 19h
    - Le dimanche : de 10 h à 12 h (juillet / août)
    D'octobre à mars :
    - Du lundi au samedi : de 10 h à 12 h et de 15 h à 18 h

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