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HERITAGE

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Built in a green combe (or deep, narrow valley) AVELANGES is a quiet, charming village. Oral historyhas itthat the Knights Templardug underground passages leading to an eighbouring village.

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CHAIGNAY was destroyed in the 10th century and then rebuilt in the 11th by the monks of the abbey of Saint-Bénigne. An event called “la Fête de l’Âne” (or Donkey Day) takes place on the first Sunday of September.

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COURTIVRON is remarkable for its truffles, which explains why the inhabitants were formerly nicknames “truffles” or “pigs”. By the river Ignon there is a small public wash house with a nice picnic area.

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CRÉCEY-SUR-TILLE lies in 600 hectares of forest. Several vestiges testify to the presenceof Gallic occupation. Skulls piercedby a nail have been found, which tend to prove that the village was a Druids’ gathering place in the region.

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DIÉNAY is ideally situated in a greensetting. One of the local curiosities is a stone icehouse situated next to the church. A Gallo-Roman site at the end of the village has been excavated.

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In ÉCHEVANNES, you may be interested by the story of a famous 18th century memberof parliament, Charles François Dupuis, whose grave can be seen in the cemetery. He was a moderate revolutionist who voted forthe detention of King Louis XVI rather than for his execution. He was also a scientist and a philosopher. Outside the village, the “Ferme du Fossé”, owned by Charles-François Dupuis until his death in 1809, is an old fortified house of the 15thcentury. It is worth seeing, with its typical architecture and rich history.

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In ÉPAGNY, a legend reports that a saint came in the village. Saint-Bénigne, who was looking for a place to drink, asked a farmer to showhim a place where water could be found. The farmer told him of a place where some water came out of the ground where his cows grazed. The saint went there, brushed aside a tuft of grass and water gushed out immediately. The farmer claimed this was a miracle whenall his plantations came out into bloom. He understood that he had to do with a saintly person. Then Saint-Bénigne, who was pursued by soldiers, was denounced and made a prisoner.

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GEMEAUX is a picturesque village that has quite a number ofnarrow alleys leading to 14thor 15th century houses. The church is worth visiting. More information is available fromthe tourist office.

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IS-SUR-TILLE is known as the capital of crossword puzzles because its name IS often appears in crosswords. It is also a charming town crossed by the River Ignon which allowed local economy to develop over the centuries. Ancient mills are still visible in the basement of some houses. Various buildings are remarkable, especially the Hôtel Lecompasseur de Courtivron, la Tour de Lenoncourt (16th century). Three hiking trails allow visitors to see more of the surrounding forests. There are guided tours of the town (information and reservation at the tourist office).

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The presence of a Gallo-Roman settlement has been confirmed by aerial photographs in the plain of LUX including a Roman aqueduct. A temple dedicated to Mercury was built on the road to Bèze. A mansioninRenaissance style can be seenfrom the road on the site of a formerfortified construction dating back to the 13th century.

 

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MARCILLY-SUR-TILLE has a typical landmark with its 317 meter high hill which commanded the road between the Saône and the Seine valleys. An important collection of objects going back to the period from the Neolithic to the high Middle Ages was discoveredthere. It is a protected zone of natural resources. A sign posted footpath allows to walk all around the hill (leaflet available fromthe tourist office or from the town hall).

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Situated in the valley of the River Tille, the hilly landscape around MAREY-SUR-TILLE has much to commend itself. The river winds its way over 8 km from north to south across the village area and the limestonemassif has a lot of water springs. Since Gallic times the Narfond Spring has reputedly produced water that can cureeyes troubles.

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MARSANNAY-LE-BOIS was first called Marcennacus, a name which we know was used in 880. It is a Gallo-Roman patronym whichrefers to marshland. Marsannay-le-Bois had, till the end of the 19thcentury, a community of wine growers.

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MOLOY is a village formerly busy with blast furnaces and forges which werein service forseveral hundred years. Under the former donjon of the castle flows a sourcecalled“the King’s Fountain", because French King Henri IV drank its water in 1595 while he was hunting after defeating King Philip II of Spainnear the village of Fontaine-Française.

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PICHANGES has a curious spring visible from the “Source du Bué” footpath. That spring flows out of a small building situated in a wood also called “Bué”, and is a token of a former Templars’ Hospitable House that was there.Legend has it that the inhabitants of Pichanges have been nicknamed “imbeciles” owing to an act of war. One of their ancestors is said to have misled the the troops of the terrible Gallas by acting stupid, thus saving the village from looting and destruction.

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In the heart of the forest, POISEUL-LES-SAULX commands a vast area of woodland. From the beginning of the 19th century many lumberjacks and coalmen settled here. The hiking trail “Sources & Rouissoirs” is a way of getting to know more about the former activities of charcoal making and hemp processing.

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SAULX-LE-DUC and the Saint-Siméon Mount that overhangs it look over a vast panorama. The top of the hill has a picnic area, a nicely restored chapel and a statue of Saint-Siméon (a Syrian ascetic, 390 - 459) and also vestiges of an old castle.

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The village of SPOY can best be visited on foot. On the footpath “Les gravières” you may see various species of amphibians. The old gravel quarry is home to five different species of frogs, four species of toads and three of newtthat a careful visitor should be able to spot.

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TARSUL has no less than three bridges over the River Ignon which was diverted to bring water to the mill and to various other workshops. A picnic area with tables and benches is available at the entrance of the village. Some distance further, a remarkable little oratory can be seen by the river.

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TIL-CHATEL is known for its Romanesque church (Saint-Florent’s) with a rich history. A short distance from thevillagea mound carries the vestiges of an ancientfortified castle. A walk through the village allows to see several houses of the 12th, 14th and 15thcenturies.

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The village of VERNOT possesses natural cavities which have all beenexplored. One of them retains its mystery, though, the Saint-Venant Cave. Legend has it that it was dugby the Lords of Saulx to keep their wine in itor to offer a shelter in wartime to the village people. Another story goes that fairies created it and endowed it with a spring having medicinal properties.

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VILLECOMTE is famous for its unique water resurgence. This unique blue river literally flowing out of the ground was channeled into a reachin the 12th century. The public wash house, built in the 19th century, has a mobile floor which can be raised or lowered to follow the water level which varied because of the industrial activity.

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VILLEY-SUR-TILLE possesses a 15thcentury chapel established on the site of a pre-Christian oratory. This temple was built by Lucius Marcellinus, a centurion and senator of the Roman Coloniesin Gaul. It was a place dedicated to Apollo and to Minerva.

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NATURAL HERITAGE

Quite a number of natural sites are home to protected species. It is the case of the Mont de Marcilly-sur-Tille, the Petit Clocher area in Is-sur-Tille, and a few more… They can all be visited, with some caution to preserve their natural life. More information is available at the Tourist office.