Famous for its AOC vineyard that dates back to Antiquity, the small town of Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule, founded in the 5th century around an old monastery, contains an interesting heritage that is best discovered by taking a look at sites such as the welcoming Place du Maréchal Foch, a square dominated by a clock tower, the Romano-Gothic church, the pretty Cour des Bénédictins square and the museum of the Saint-Pourçain vineyard.
Built from the 11th to the 15th century, the Church of the Holy Cross has an unusual chancel offset from the nave, and contains 15th-century stalls, an Ecce homo in multi-coloured stone from the 16th century, as well as a high altar from the 18th century.
Based in the bailiff's house, the Museum of Vines and the Land dedicated to the history of the town and the vineyard of Saint-Pourçain, has a wide range of objects and tools relating to vines and wine on display, including a huge 17th-century press and a horse-powered still from the 19th century.
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