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Pontigny - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Yonne

Located in the heart of Yonne in Burgundy, the charming little village of Pontigny is best known for its Cistercian abbey of the twelfth century. Member of Chablis and township crossed by the Serein, it extends about twenty kilometers from Auxerre south, and Migennes.

Former meeting point of seven feudal territories in the Middle Ages, the village of Pontigny knows less prosperous times during the French Revolution, with the destruction of the abbey. The latter, however, experienced a second birth in the early twentieth century a cultural movement, the Decades Pontigny, gathering the greatest writers of the country.

Even today, Pontigny is mainly focused on tourism, unveiling a unique architectural heritage of its kind.

Geographical information

Latitude47.9086690 (N 47° 54’ 31”)
Longitude3.7110370 (E 3° 42’ 40”)
AltitudeFrom 102m to 183m
Surface area11.92 km²
Population777 inhabitants
Density65 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAuxerre (11.9 mi, 23 min)
Insee code89307
IntercommunalityCC Chablis, Villages et Terroirs

Nearest cities & towns

Rouvray2.5 mi (7 min)
Venouse2.7 mi (5 min)
Montigny-la-Resle3.6 mi (6 min)
Ligny-le-Châtel4 mi (8 min)
Villy4.7 mi (12 min)
Héry4.7 mi (11 min)
Lignorelles4.9 mi (9 min)
Chéu5 mi (10 min)
Varennes5.2 mi (10 min)
Villeneuve-Saint-Salves5.3 mi (9 min)
Vergigny5.4 mi (10 min)
Maligny5.7 mi (10 min)
Jaulges6.2 mi (14 min)
Bleigny-le-Carreau6.4 mi (13 min)

Things to see and do

Built in the early twelfth century, the Cistercian abbey of Pontigny has long made the reputation of the village. Its abbey, the largest Cistercian church of the world now belongs to the region. Second of the "first four girls" Cistercian she experienced over the centuries illustrious protectors. Brand hosts were many on the site, like Thomas Becket, the queen of France Adela of Champagne, or the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Langton. Following extensive damage during the French Revolution, the building hosted between 1910 and 1939, the best writers in the country during intellectual meetings, Decades Pontigny.

Just outside the abbey, it is possible to discover old mills, or a wash house dating from the nineteenth century.

Hall of Pré Neuf now hosts most of the animations of the village of Pontigny.

Since the Middle Ages, the tile of the common plant has provided many items for construction of the country. A new company today continues to produce these tiles in unique color.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

Every Wednesday morning, the village offers its weekly market. In December, Christmas market place. In August, a night market is also held.

July is the setting for a festival of sacred Arts Abbey Pontigny. Several concerts, especially, are proposed.


The largest Cistercian abbey in the world
The largest Cistercian abbey in the world
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Cistercian Light
Cistercian Light
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The building of the lay brothers of the twelfth century
The building of the lay brothers of the twelfth century
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Wednesday 16 january
Min. -1°C - Max. 7°C
Thursday 17 january
Min. 2°C - Max. 7°C
Friday 18 january
Min. 0°C - Max. 5°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Tours of the Chablis vineyard and cellars
Local flavours75 € Chablis (7.7 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Chablais Path
HikeEasy2h00Courgis (9.5 mi)
Along the Yonne
Village visitEasy3h10Migennes (9.9 mi)
Municipality of Lindry
HikeEasy2h30Lindry (15.5 mi)


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