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Tonnerre - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Yonne
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The eclectic heritage of the town of Tonnerre, located on the border of Champagne and Burgundy, has plenty to win over visitors. Its nickname of "Burgundy's Little Venice" is due to its charming features: the Burgundy Canal, an inviting place to go walking or boating, and the River Armançon with its mill race.

Yet the main attraction is the astounding circular basin of the Fosse Dionne, a karst spring with dreamy turquoise water... This mysterious spring, which has inspired many legends over the centuries, excites the curiosity of all generations. Built downhill from the Church of St. Peter, this charming site was turned into a picturesque washhouse in the 18th century. Then head to the Gothic and Renaissance church, which you can reach by taking the steps. Perched on a hill, it offers a beautiful view of the old town rooftops and surrounding green landscapes from its terrace.

A certified Small Town of Character, the birthplace of the famous knight of Éon, a diplomat and spy to Louis XV, makes a pleasant place for a walk. Keen botanists can admire the gardens at the Our Lady of Fontenilles Hospital (Hôtel-Dieu Notre-Dame des Fontenilles), which feature aromatic and medicinal plants alongside flowers and fruit trees. Considered to be the longest medieval hospital in Europe and the oldest in Burgundy, the Hospital, founded in 1293, still has its remarkable 90-metre long patients' ward. It also houses a museum with several themed rooms, including a reconstruction of an operating theatre from the early 20th century.

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Tonnerre

Tonnerre appears in Roman times as the Tornodurum, "fortress". The city stood at its origins, on the heights of the current village, behind the imposing Church of St. Peter, now a forest land. Its history and developments have led to further development of the suburbs below. It nevertheless remains installed around the divine source of the Fosse Dionne, tonnerroise inescapable conundrum.

The Tonnerre County was created on the Armançon valley, which served as crossing point between Paris and Dijon, part of the pilgrimage route of St. Jacques de Compostela. Tonnerre was always a place of passage and exchange.

Tonnerre today keeps the footprints of his wealth and his great old families and same holds true architectural treasures such as the Hotel Dieu Notre Dame des Fontenilles.

The territory is rich in culinary Burgundy and even specifically Tonnerroises such as chocolate "Our Lady" pastry "Chaource" cheese "Tonnerre" etc.

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Fosse Dionne - Tonnerre (© OTLTB)
Fosse Dionne - Tonnerre (© OTLTB)
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Town of Tonnerre, view of the road Auxerre-Langres (© J.E)
Town of Tonnerre, view of the road Auxerre-Langres (© J.E)
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The Armançon
The Armançon
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Fosse Dionne (© Jean Espirat)
Fosse Dionne (© Jean Espirat)
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Panorama North-West (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama North-West (© Jean Espirat)
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L'Armançon - The Little Venice
L'Armançon - The Little Venice
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Fountain in the town center representing Marguerite de Bourgogne
Fountain in the town center representing Marguerite de Bourgogne
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Panorama of the ancient city (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama of the ancient city (© Jean Espirat)
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Bell tower of the Notre-Dame church (© Jean Espirat)
Bell tower of the Notre-Dame church (© Jean Espirat)
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Former hotel of Uzès (© Jean Espirat)
Former hotel of Uzès (© Jean Espirat)
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Former Hotel-Dieu, seen from behind (© Jean Espirat)
Former Hotel-Dieu, seen from behind (© Jean Espirat)
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Fontaine-résurgente named Fosse Dionne - View of the back of the pond (© Jean Espirat)
Fontaine-résurgente named Fosse Dionne - View of the back of the pond (© Jean Espirat)
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Nave of the Church of Our Lady (© Jean Espirat)
Nave of the Church of Our Lady (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculpture in the Church of Our Lady (© Jean Espirat)
Sculpture in the Church of Our Lady (© Jean Espirat)
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Triptych in the Notre-Dame church (© Jean Espirat)
Triptych in the Notre-Dame church (© Jean Espirat)
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Source-resurgent of Dionne pit - View of the back of the basin (© Jean Espirat)
Source-resurgent of Dionne pit - View of the back of the basin (© Jean Espirat)
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Bell tower of the Notre-Dame church (© Jean Espirat)
Bell tower of the Notre-Dame church (© Jean Espirat)
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Fosse Dionne (© Jean Espirat)
Fosse Dionne (© Jean Espirat)
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Fosse Dionne (© Jean Espirat)
Fosse Dionne (© Jean Espirat)
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Fosse Dionne (© Jean Espirat)
Fosse Dionne (© Jean Espirat)
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Church (unused) Saint-Pierre (© Jean Espirat)
Church (unused) Saint-Pierre (© Jean Espirat)
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Church of Saint-Pierre (© Jean Espirat)
Church of Saint-Pierre (© Jean Espirat)
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Church of Saint-Pierre (© Jean Espirat)
Church of Saint-Pierre (© Jean Espirat)
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Portal of the Saint-Pierre church (© Jean Espirat)
Portal of the Saint-Pierre church (© Jean Espirat)
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Former Hotel-Dieu Notre-Dame des Fontanilles - Currently Museum and Tourist Office (© Jean Espirat)
Former Hotel-Dieu Notre-Dame des Fontanilles - Currently Museum and Tourist Office (© Jean Espirat)
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Former hotel of Uzès (© Jean Espirat)
Former hotel of Uzès (© Jean Espirat)
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The city
The city
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The city
The city
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The city
The city
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The city and the bridge over the Armançon
The city and the bridge over the Armançon
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The Armançon
The Armançon
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The Church of St. Peter
The Church of St. Peter
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The Church of St. Peter
The Church of St. Peter
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The Church of St. Peter
The Church of St. Peter
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The Church of St. Peter
The Church of St. Peter
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The Church of St. Peter
The Church of St. Peter
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The Church of St. Peter
The Church of St. Peter
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The Church of St. Peter
The Church of St. Peter
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The Church of St. Peter
The Church of St. Peter
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Sculpture in the park of the church of Saint-Pierre
Sculpture in the park of the church of Saint-Pierre
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Sculpture in the park of the church of Saint-Pierre
Sculpture in the park of the church of Saint-Pierre
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Downtown - Pavillon Dormois
Downtown - Pavillon Dormois
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