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In the footsteps of famous Burgundians

Vauban, Nicéphore Niepce, Colette… Countless personalities who have shaped our political, social and cultural history were born or chose to take up home in Burgundy. The region is lucky enough to boast 12 « Maisons des Illustres ». This label was founded by the Culture Ministry in order to single out the homes and work places of men and women that have left their mark on history. A rich heritage that you can take the time to explore, allowing you to enter into the private lives of these great spirits in order to better understand their achievements.

Contact details for all the venues listed below can be found in the « Contacts & Practical Information » section.

The château de Bazoches: the souvenir of an avant-garde spirit.

Engineer, town planner, essayist...Vauban left his mark on the France of Louis XIV by constructing nearly 300 fortified squares and military buildings. It was at his study in the château de Bazoches that some of his works were conceived. Most notably, you can discover the prototype that convinced Louis XIV of the strategic usefulness of the famous « plans reliefs », three dimensional geographic representations employed by the prominent states of the period. This is a visit that history lovers should not miss.

The home of Nicéphore Niepce: the origins of photography

Nicéphore Niepce took the world’s very first picture from the window of his house in Saint-Loup-de-Varennes. Relive the inspiring story of this major discovery at this « museum-home ». You can, most notably, admire a reconstruction of the inventor’s original camera.

The château de Germolles :

Acquired in 1380 by Philip the Bold, this fortified house was transformed by his wife Marguerite of Flanders into a luxurious home. Embellished by the greatest artists of the Burgundian School (Claus Sluter, Jean de Beaumetz…), this is now the only pleasure palace of the Dukes of Burgundy that remains in existence. A great many conferences and workshops are held here during the summer season for adults and for children. It is the opportunity to discover every facet of the Middle Ages.

Colette’s birth house: a decor of novels

The house where Colette grew up, until he was 17, was referred to countless times in his works. Marble fireplace, period wainscotting… this decor remains intact. This is a chance to see the words of the novelist taking shape and to step into the private life of a lady of letters who defined her generation (opening planned for September 2015).

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The Maison Jules Roy

Nowadays a writers’ residence, The Maison Jules Roy in Vézelay is devoted to this 20th century author who retired here in 1978.

The Fondation Zervos

Collectors, critics and patrons, Christian and Yvonne Zervos set up home in « La Goulotte », a hamlet within the commune of Vézelay, in the 1930s. Their home became an unmissable meeting place for countless creative people. The Fondation Zervos keeps this heritage alive with exhibitions of contemporary art.

Musée Zervos (Maison Romain Rolland)

This museum houses the most beautiful pieces of the contemporary art collection bequeathed by Christian Zervos to the city of Vézelay (Picasso, Kandisky, Giacometti…). It is located in the last home of writer Romain Rolland, whose bedroom-study is also open to the public.

Romain Rolland’s birth house

The Romain Rolland Museum of Art and History, which includes his birth house, retraces the great moments in the writer’s life.

The Musée Buffon

Devoted to naturalist Georges Louis Leclerc, Count of Buffon, this museum located in Montbard follows the footsteps of this leading figure of the Age of Enlightenment.

The home of the Count of Bussy

The Château de Bussy-Rabutin, owned by the cousin of Madame de Sévigné, displays numerous portraits on its walls, as well as boasting some astonishing decor.

Jacques Copeau’s home

Critic and playwright, Jacques Copeau set up home in 1925 in Pernand-Vergelesses with his troop, the « Copiaus ». He laid out the basic principles of an art form that was exacting and popular, breaking with the commercialism of the boulevard theatres.

The Château de Saint-Point-Lamartine

This château located in Saint-Point once belonged to the Lamartine family and has preserved many souvenirs of this time, notably the study of Alphonse de Lamartine, with its original furniture and period library.

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  • Maisons des Illustres
Château de Bazoches
Château - 58190 - BAZOCHES -
03 86 22 10 22
Château de Bussy-Rabutin
Rue du Château - 21150 - BUSSY-LE-GRAND -
03 80 96 00 03
Musée d'Art et d'Histoire Romain Rolland
Avenue de la République - 58500 - CLAMECY -
03 86 27 17 99
Château de Germolles
100, place du 5 Septembre 1944 - Cidex 407 - Germolles - 71640 - MELLECEY -
03 85 98 01 24
Musée Buffon
Rue du Parc Buffon - 21500 - MONTBARD -
03 80 92 50 42
03 80 92 50 57
Musée Maison Nicéphore Niépce
1, rue Nicéphore Niépce - 71240 - SAINT-LOUP-DE-VARENNES -
01 40 09 18 58
Maison natale de Colette
8-10, rue Colette - 89520 - SAINT-SAUVEUR-EN-PUISAYE -
03 86 44 44 05
Maison Jules-Roy
Le Clos du Couvent - Rue des écoles - 89450 - VEZELAY -
03 86 72 74 09
Musée Zervos
14, rue Saint-Etienne - 89450 - VEZELAY -
03 86 32 39 26
Maison Christian et Yvonne Zervos
3, chemin des Bois de Chauffour - Hameau de La Goulotte - 89450 - VEZELAY -
03 86 32 36 10

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