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Discover Chalon-sur-Saône

30 minutes from the hotel

Located just 25 minutes from the Hotel Le Rempart, don't miss Chalon-sur-Saône during your visit to Burgundy. The city is officially listed as a City of Art and History, and its extraordinary architectural heritage tells its story from Antiquity on. Like in Tournus, the tourist office offers visitors a self-guided walking tour, the Chemin de l'Orbandale trail, to discover the city's magnificent buildings and cultural riches.

A stroll along the banks of the Saône, whether on the Île Saint-Laurent or in the historic town centre, will bring endless discoveries. They include religious monuments like the church of Saint-Pierre and its convent, built by Benedictine monks, and Saint-Vincent Cathedral, built between 1080 and 1520, with its blend of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. This magnificent cathedral stands on a large square surrounded by typical 15th century half-timbered houses.

The path will also take you past stunning houses, residences, and villas. The Perry house and the "four seasons" house, which date from the 17th century, boast richly decorated façades. The old Chambion house is more recent, a 19th century folly that marries a Medieval aesthetic and the magic of the East. The town also boasts several impressive and elegant residences, including the Sassenay and Virey homes and the Noirot and Chiquet hotels. The most famous guests of the Hôtel Chiquet included Napoleon I and Pope Pius VII.

Musée Nicéphore Niépce

The history of photography

Chalon-sur-Saône also pays homage to one of its most famous children: Nicéphore Niépce, the inventor of photography. In addition to the house where he was born, you can see his statue, carved by Eugène Guillaume in 1885, and visit the Nicéphore Niépce museum. The museum, located in the old Royal Messenger's building, presents the changes in photography techniques, from the invention of photography to the digital era. It also regularly hosts temporary exhibitions featuring historic or contemporary images.