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Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Yonne

Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Yonne
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This village is named after the Druyes springs, which abound in the municipality's territory. At the end of the 12th century, a castle fort built by the Counts of Nevers stood on a limestone promontory overlooking the valley.

From the imposing remains of Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines Castle, which nowadays can be independently explored from Easter to the end of September on a discovery trail, you can enjoy a very beautiful view of the surrounding scenery. At the top of the 15th-century entrance postern, a superb view of La Puisaye and the edge of the Morvan awaits you! Formed of a residential palace backing onto a curtain wall, the castle was designed to a square plan: four round corner towers, a postern tower and two square side towers. The Romanesque gallery with arcatures and twin bays that can still be seen today is the only remaining part of the old seigniorial great hall.

Guided tours of the medieval fortress and village with typical houses are also available. During this commented walk, as well as seeing the castle, you can discover the Druyes springs, St. Roman's Cave, the 12th-century Romanesque church, the 19th-century washhouse or the old railway viaduct, where more daring visitors can go bungee jumping!

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Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines

Situated in the Yonne, the common Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines belongs to the district of Auxerre. In 1992, the site was chosen as Major Attraction, and is among the four most beautiful villages of the Yonne.

Located at the foot of cliffs, this small village of 300 inhabitants impresses with its important architectural heritage of many aspects of medieval times. The village and its surroundings have also been categorized tourist site in the late 1960s to the different wonders it houses.

Hard not to succumb to the charm of this village in the countryside and all these old stones that embellish the whole. Ideally located, the village of Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines also to discover the attractions of the region.

Things to see and do

Medieval village, Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines presents an interesting historical heritage.

Listed building, the church of Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines has a beautiful Romanesque style. It reflects the typical architecture of this part of the Yonne.

The caves of Saint Romain, who take their name from the founder of the village, deserve some attention a little.

In the village, you can admire the chateau Boulay, former residence of the directors of the castle, old houses, or even an old stone bridge dating from the Middle Ages.

Built in the twelfth century by the Counts of Nevers, Castle Druyes no longer ruins classified as an historic monument. Also ranked the city gate indicates the presence of fortifications.

The laundry of Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines has meanwhile been listed historical monument.

Many sources are present in the town, they feed the Druyes.

We can also admire the nineteenth century viaduct spanning the valley, a former tannery, a listed protected lime tree near the church, or the birthplaces of Jean Roch Coignet and Jean Bertin, the country's children.

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