History

Our hotel is situated at the heart of the medieval city, in front of the door SAUVIGNY XIV, to the street Buffon (pedestrian), just a step from the collegial church XIIth century. Nearby diverse stores, hairdresser, pharmacy, press, bars, restaurants, an art-house, cinema, the smallest Italian-style theater of France, the ramparts of the city."

To visit the city, several circuits are proposed to you.

The city

A stroll at the heart of the medieval city will allow to report you its rich architectural heritage. Place of secular house, the legend tells that Semur was built by Hercule during his(her,its) return of Spain.
Ii is in 606, in the charter of foundation of the Abbey of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, that we find the first written track o Semur, named then sene muro : old bulwarks so underlining the defensive and ancestral character of the site. In the course of the centuries, Semur develops, to such a point that in 1276 she benefits from a map of postage granted by Dike de Bourgogne Robert II.
The city takes all its scale in the middle of the XIVth century, at the time of the Hundred Years’War, when Duke Philippe le Hardi decides to strengthen the natural fortifications of the site by surrounding walls spread out by tours and by impressive donjon splitting directly the castle and the village.
In 1589, Semur knows his ultimate seat. During the wars of the League, the city will be subjected by the marshal of Tavannes, Henri IV decides on the dismantling of the fortifications in a prescription of 1602. The city loses its defensive vocation to become the capital of the bailwick of Auxois, with all that it contains as privileges (présidial, attic with salt).
We preserved certain number of monuments bound to these periods :
Besides doors Guillier (XIVth century) and Sauvigny (of the XVth century which marked formerly the entered of the Village), who will allow you to end in the collegiate church Notre-Dame (built in 1225 and reshaped at several opportunities, in particular by Viollet-le-Duc in the XIXth torch of the Burgundian Flamboyant Gothic, do not hesitate to push farther your steps to contemplate the donjon reconstructed in XIIIth century, and which after its dismantling in the XVIIth century left us the circular tours of angle of the old citadel:.
The Tower of l’Orle d’Or, the highest and the most massive is the chief tower of the donjon (44 meters high), with its walls the base of which is 5 meters inthickness. Her summit was formerly encircled by golden metal. Her crack, visible by arriving at Semur, date of 1602, when king Henri IV decides on the dismantling of the fortifications.
The tower of the Gehenna is located a little farther, was used as attic to store salt.
The tower of the Prison is visible only from the valley and served as its name indicates it as a prison.
The tower Margot, leaned to the theater was also of use as attic to store salt.
The theater was inaugurated in 1847, and destroyed by a fire in 1901. It was thus reconstructed as before by the municipality, and was finished in 1904.
The walk of ramparts, recently restored, offers a very beautiful view on river Armançon.

You will see Houses with timber framings and in corbelled construction and mansions among which some are classified historic monuments, as well as the old hospital with its railing of entered wrought iron.

Personalities bound to the Municipality of Semur:

Philippe Guéneau de Montbeillard (souvent prénommé Philibert), né en 1720 à Semur et mort en 1785 Ornithologue.
Bernard de Bonnard, dit le Chevalier de Bonnard, poète Français né et mort à Semur (1744-1784).
La famille Guéneau de Mussy,
Gabrielle Emilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, marquise du Châtelet, communément appelée Emilie du Châtelet, née à Paris en 1706 et morte en 1749 est une mathématicienne et physicienne.
Louis Marie Florent du Chatelet, son fils, nacquit à Semur et fût Gourverneur de la ville.
Vauban fit ses études au collège des Carmes à Semur.
Florent-Guiot, Député de Semur aux Etats Généraux de 1789,Député de la Côte d’Or à la Convention Nationale, au Conseil des Cinq-Cents et au Corps Législatif, juriste et diplomate.
Augustin Mouchot né le 07 avril 1825 à Semur, et mort le 04 octobre 1912 à Paris, ingénieur Français connu pour ses travaux sur l’énergie solaire.
Anna Judic, de son vrai nom Anne Marie-Louise Damiens, Comédienne Française et Chanteuse de café—concert, née rue Buffon à Semur le 18 juillet 1849

Visits

Come to relax right in the heart of the Burgundy, in a restful frame, close to the Natural reserve of Morvan. At your disposal rooms, any comfort, to shine and visit numerous historic sites. Come to discover the road of Dukes de bourgogne, Castle of Epoisses cheese (Mrs de Sévigné home) 12km, Bussy Rabutin (cousin of Mrs de Sévigné) 15 km, Bourbilly (parents of Mrs de Sévigné) 8 km, Forge of Buffon 20 km, Lake of “Pont” 5 km, Abbey of Fontenay 20 km, Basilica of Vézelay 40 km, Search of Alésia 12 km, and the MUSEOPARC of Alésia with Vercingétorix 12 km, small village of Flavigny with its vineyards and its abbey 10 km, Pompom Museum at Saulieu 30 km.

Restaurants

We propose you a stopping place on the road of the Burgundian gastronomy with our colleagues restaurant owners in our medieval city of Semur in Auxois (XIIth century), to taste some sprinkled with parsley ham, coq au vin, Burgundian ox and the other tartouillats or cut Dijonnaise.
In a beam of some kilometers we can advise you jewels of French gastronomy such as the relay Bernard Loiseau to Saulieu (30 km) or L’Auberge de l’Atre at Quarré-les-Tombes de M. Salamolard (35 km) or still le restaurant L’Espérance de Marc Meneau to Saint Père under Vézelay (40 km).

Diverse activities

Peach(Fishing) at the edge of Armançon or on the lake of “PONT”
Golf of Le Pré Lamy 9 holes at the Brouillard in 10 min
Swimming pool and aquatic center with saunas-hammams and care to Montbard 18 km.
Cycle track up to the lake of “PONT” and numerous circuits all around
Hike with park of Morvan and around the Lake,
Riding school in 5 min Découverte du Canal of Burgundy and rent of pénichettes to Venarey Laumes (12km …
Discover the city by small
Arrived at Semur-en-Auxois during the summer, 1998, the small train takes you for a discovery of the city during a circuit-walk commented of approximately one hour.
The small tourist train circulates to July and August. He can be reserved all year long for the groups or the personalized services, in a beam of 50Kms of the city.

The Notre-Dame collegiate church

Here you are at the moment in front of the Collegiate church built in 1225, jewel of the Burgundian Flamboyant Gothic.
Raise the head! A sculptured world observes you: beautiful faces, devils, fantastic animals.
Dare to cross the gate because it is stained-glass windows, furnitures, fascinating sculptures of chapels or triforium that come to light.
In this location rose a Romanic church built in 1060 by Robert-le-Vieux, leader of the first royal race of Dukes de Bourgogne, in expiation of the murder that he had committed towards 1031 against of his father-in-law Dalmace Ier.

Museum

A little of history…
Come to roam in the beautiful rooms and be allowed seduce by the diversity of collections and the works: fossils, minerals, birds, ex-voto of the close sources, paintings and sculptures. Without forgetting a glance attentive to the paintings of Corot.
Settled with the Municipal library in the former convent of Jacobines (XVIIth century siècle), the museum has for origin the creation of the Art school and Sculpture established in 1834
The Old Fund of the Library
Now that you got acquainted with the city, produce you to the old fund of the library.
It receives numerous manuscripts, incunabula and rare books. So many testimonies of the time which passes.
The patrimonial fund includes 20 000 volumes today of which the oldest date of the Year thousand.

Regional products

Cookie factory of the Mistral
Cheese of Époisses cheese
Snails of Burgundy
Anise sweets of Flavigny
Vineyard of Flavigny (and its vineyards in lyres) and Villaines the Prevotes, …