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Toucy

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Toucy - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Yonne
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At the heart of the Puisaye, Toucy delights lovers of old buildings as well as admirers of authentic countryside. Picturesque half-timbered houses line the narrow streets of the lower town and upper town. The town has many flourishing art galleries, and Galerie 14 exhibits work by international artists. Located in a former cycle factory, the Atelier Bernasse workshop is a treat for admirers of beautiful machines, with its collections of engines and vintage vehicles.

The surprising Church of St. Peter in Toucy, backing onto the 12th-century fortifications, overlooks the town. The chevet of this sandstone fortress is flanked by two towers, linked by a wall walk, and the ramparts and pretty façades of the traditional houses make for an appealing setting.

There is an area dedicated to Pierre Larousse at the library. This former teacher and publisher of the famous dictionary was born and grew up in Toucy.

The area around the town of Toucy is ideal for a scenic outing, and the 9-kilometre journey through the hedgerows and forests on board the Pays de Puisaye-Forterre sightseeing train is sure to delight children and adults alike! And every year in July, the unmissable Toucy Jazz Festival enchants music-lovers with its concerts by talented artists.

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Toucy

Toucy, whose existence is attested from the middle of the third century, belongs to the bishops of Auxerre in the fifth century to the Revolution.

In the early 11th century, some Episcopal possessions is subservient to Itier of Narbonne, the first Baron of House Toucy.

End eleventh, early 12th century, a chapel was erected in the manor which, in 1170, strengthened with the building of defensive towers and a speaker.

The city was destroyed during the Hundred Years War.

New Lords, Requests From the Revival in the 16th century the church was rebuilt on the walls, which gives it a fortified castle rises out new walls, castle to be demolished two centuries later and rebuilt in the style of the time.

In the 19th century, Toucy is a city thriving.

In the 1860s, a period when neo-classical flourishes, it builds up the impressive City Hall today.

In 1940, a Saturday morning, market day, Toucy was bombed. We regret a great number of casualties and widespread destruction.

The city was rebuilt and continues to beautify themselves, appreciating what Pierre Larousse, the native son, whose statue stands in the middle of the Place de la Republic.

Currently Toucy is booming with many services. The fairs and markets, backed since the 13th century, flourished, his business attractiveness, its craftsmen and industrial assets, and its schools, from kindergarten to final year of high school and the BTS Insurance, include more than 1400 students. Toucy, whose rich history is inscribed in stone, is a small town where life is good.

Things to see and do

The Church of St. Peter, built in "iron stone", was rebuilt in the Renaissance using the old manor chapel and ramparts of the 12th century. His head turned towards the west is flanked by two defensive towers that give all the features of a fortress.

The medieval streets lined with houses with wood sides, are the old town an historic center conducive to strolling and arouse the interest of history buffs. They suggestive names: rue du Chapitre de la Postern, rue de la Motte.

A beautiful mansion from the 17th century, facing the imposing town hall, houses the Gallery of the Old Post Office permanently exposing unique pieces of pottery artists as well as regional, national and international.

The Chateau de la Motte-Miton 18th century, before which stood the foundations of ancient towers and curtain walls of the 16th century, has a stylish loft converted antique shop.

The leisure is very close to downtown and offers a magnificent panorama. Fishing pond, tennis court, playground, bowling, table tennis, hiking trails, allow numerous activities. Sporting activities are supervised from 1 July to 20 August.

The train "Picasso" is an original way to discover the landscapes of the Puisaye Villiers-Saint-Benoit in Moutiers. To see Toucy station, two cars housing a Postal Museum.

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Half-timbered house (© JE)
Half-timbered house (© JE)
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Leisure center (© C. Raverdeau)
Leisure center (© C. Raverdeau)
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Half-timbered house (© JE)
Half-timbered house (© JE)
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Church of Toucy
Church of Toucy
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East facade of Miton castle (© JE)
East facade of Miton castle (© JE)
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Half-timbered houses (© JE)
Half-timbered houses (© JE)
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The little tourist train, in Toucy station (© JE)
The little tourist train, in Toucy station (© JE)
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Saint-Pierre church, view from the bottom of the town (© JE)
Saint-Pierre church, view from the bottom of the town (© JE)
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General view of Toucy (© JP. Huot)
General view of Toucy (© JP. Huot)
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Toucy seen from the sky (© JP. Huot)
Toucy seen from the sky (© JP. Huot)
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Tourist train of Puisaye (© AATY)
Tourist train of Puisaye (© AATY)
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Aperitif-Concert (© JP. Huot)
Aperitif-Concert (© JP. Huot)
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Beau marché (© C. Raverdeau)
Beau marché (© C. Raverdeau)
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Weekly market (© C. Raverdeau)
Weekly market (© C. Raverdeau)
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Toucy, birthplace of Pierre Larousse
Toucy, birthplace of Pierre Larousse
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Former savings bank (© JE)
Former savings bank (© JE)
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Second chapel, in the church (© JE)
Second chapel, in the church (© JE)
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West facade of Miton castle (© JE)
West facade of Miton castle (© JE)
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Chapel of the Virgin, in the church (© JE)
Chapel of the Virgin, in the church (© JE)
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Chapel of the Lords, in the church (© JE)
Chapel of the Lords, in the church (© JE)
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Saint-Pierre Church, view from the city center (© JE)
Saint-Pierre Church, view from the city center (© JE)
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Facade of the town hall (© JE)
Facade of the town hall (© JE)
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West facade of Miton castle (© JE)
West facade of Miton castle (© JE)
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South facade of Saint-Pier church re (© JE)
South facade of Saint-Pier church re (© JE)
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Fontaine Pierre Larousse (© JE)
Fontaine Pierre Larousse (© JE)
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Church of Saint-Pierre, view of the city center (© JE)
Church of Saint-Pierre, view of the city center (© JE)
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Half-timbered house (© JE)
Half-timbered house (© JE)
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Remains of the medieval wall, place de la Révolution (© JE)
Remains of the medieval wall, place de la Révolution (© JE)
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Alley with half-timbered facades (© JE)
Alley with half-timbered facades (© JE)
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Bishops 'tower (© JE)
Bishops 'tower (© JE)
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Bishops' tower of Saint-Pierre church (© JE)
Bishops' tower of Saint-Pierre church (© JE)
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Nave of Saint-Pierre church (© JE)
Nave of Saint-Pierre church (© JE)
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Church organ (© JE)
Church organ (© JE)
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Tower and south building of Miton castle (© JE)
Tower and south building of Miton castle (© JE)
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A building of Miton castle (© JE)
A building of Miton castle (© JE)
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One of the towers of the medieval enclosure of Miton castle (© JE)
One of the towers of the medieval enclosure of Miton castle (© JE)
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A tower of the western medieval enclosure of Miton castle (© JE)
A tower of the western medieval enclosure of Miton castle (© JE)
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Stained glass window of Saint-Pierre church (© JE)
Stained glass window of Saint-Pierre church (© JE)
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Stained glass window in Saint-Pierre church (© JE)
Stained glass window in Saint-Pierre church (© JE)
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Stained glass window in Saint-Pierre church (© JE)
Stained glass window in Saint-Pierre church (© JE)
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