Tournus Travel Guide

  • Two Cruise ships occupy their exclusive berth
    Two Cruise ships occupy their exclusive...
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  • Full moon on the river front - Tournus
    Full moon on the river front - Tournus
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  • Boats big and not-so-big. Floating dock.
    Boats big and not-so-big. Floating dock.
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Tournus Things to Do

  • There Are Figured Capitals in the...

    The transepts and chancel of the church were built last, in the 12C. That is why there is no stone carving in the nave or on the outside. In the transept there are a few frightening roughly carved capitals. The technic proceeds from the corners of the block. Any sort of figure may result; lesser craftsmen were not expected to exhibit sensitivity....

  • Walk the Main Street

    Next to the church is the main street of the town with tower remnants of the defensive walls adapted to residential use. Almost next door is the monastic Refectory now utilized as a sales venue for the visiting tourist.

  • Locate the Remains of the Cloister

    The cloister once stood along the south wall of the church. Along its east edge is the Chapter House, still extant, now a shop with specific exhibits. Its pointed vaulting can be seen through the windows still framed with ancient stone carving. You can confirm the location by seeing the old well at the cloister center.

  • Find The Church's Attractions for...

    The church was founded to house the remains of St. Philibert which the monks had brought from Normandy. Needles to say his tomb is prominently displayed in the absidial chapel. In the south aisle is a 12C statue "Notre-Dame La Brune" (yet another brown Virgin). Near the altar is an ancient lectern, while overhead is an unusual 17C "swallow's-nest"...

  • See the Interior

    The church was built upon an older one, retaining its 10C Narthex. The choir was narrowed to utilize the previous crypt. The rose colored stone was used to make banding in some of the arches, a conceit resembling Cordoba (which they probably did not know). The vaulting was accomplished with transverse barrel vaults over massive cylindrical columns...

  • Look At the Exterior of St. Philibert's...

    The outside of this 10-11 C church is stark in a carved pinkish hued stone with the only decoration being Lombard blind arch bands and crenellations between the towers. The North Tower has an 11C belfry. The doorway is unadorned. The apse is built over a narrow crypt but ascending from it is the typical Romanesque cascade of chapels, ambulatory and...


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Tournus Restaurants

  • Beautiful Waterfront Location

    Picture the scene: - mid summer - fine weather - after a hard day's navigating on the Saone River, a drink and sustenance is top priority. There on the quay right above your mooring place for the night are restaurant tables on the pavement overlooking the River. The Carte offers meat for the men!We were delighted to find Restaurant Le Grill des...

  • Brasserie - Bistrot - traditional French...

    We sat outside on a raised deck capable of 35 covers on the footpath with an outlook of the square in front of the Hotel de Ville. Ideal location for a Summer’s evening. There was an inside dining area as well. The restaurant was full and many potential customers were turned away.Formulas to suit all tastes: Typical Up-market €26 features 4...


    Hans, Wim and I had both dinner and breakfast in the restaurant atL'ANGE COURONNE'. The dinner was excellent and our server gave impeccable service. The dinner room was small, but intimate. Breakfast was also excellent with the usual French Croissants with creamy butter and home-made jams and marmalades.


Tournus Shopping


    I don't know the name of this shop, but it had this wonderful display of beautiful Tapestry pillows and rugs. I couldn't resist taking a picture of it.

  • French Tapestries and More

    This lovely shop and art gallery in Tournus was a joy to browse through. Beautiful tapestry (tapisseries), hand-made French pottery and earthenware, religious icons (icones), and much more.

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