Tournus
The abbey in Tournus
The abbey in Tournus
Coat of arms of Tournus
Location of Tournus
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Tournus is located in France
Tournus
Tournus
Tournus is located in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Tournus
Tournus
Coordinates: 46°33′50″N 4°54′33″E / 46.5639°N 4.9092°E / 46.5639; 4.9092
CountryFrance
RegionBourgogne-Franche-Comté
DepartmentSaône-et-Loire
ArrondissementMâcon
CantonTournus
IntercommunalityMâconnais - Tournugeois
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Bertrand Veau[1]
Area
1
25 km2 (10 sq mi)
Population
 (2021)[2]
5,627
 • Density230/km2 (580/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
71543 /71700
Elevation168–353 m (551–1,158 ft)
(avg. 193 m or 633 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Tournus (French pronunciation: [tuʁny]) is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in eastern France.

Geography

Tournus is located on the right bank of the Saône, 20 km. northeast of Mâcon on the Paris-Lyon railway.

Population

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1968 6,673—    
1975 6,978+0.64%
1982 6,343−1.35%
1990 5,927−0.84%
1999 5,629−0.57%
2007 5,941+0.68%
2012 5,849−0.31%
2017 5,545−1.06%
Source: INSEE[3]

Sights

The church of St Philibert (early 11th century), is the main surviving building of the former Benedictine abbey of Tournus, suppressed in 1785. It is in the Burgundian Romanesque style. The façade lacks one of the two flanking towers originally designed for it. The nave is roofed with barrel vaulting, supported on tall cylindrical columns. Both the choir and the 11th century crypt beneath it have an ambulatory and side chapels.[4]

In the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville stands a statue of Jean-Baptiste Greuze, born in the town in 1725.[4]

Economy

Tournus is an important tourist area, with one four-star hotel (the Greuze) and one three-star hotel (the Rempart). In 2013, four restaurants had a Michelin star: the Greuze, Quartier Gourmand, Aux Terasses, and Meulien.

There are vineyards in the surrounding district and the town and its port have considerable commerce in wine and in stone from the neighboring quarries. Chairmaking was an important industry.[4]

There are several industrial areas to the north and south-west. The town manufactures a large quantity of domestic white goods, at the Groupe SEB factory, and cookware at the Tefal factory.

There is a market every Saturday morning.

Sport

Notable people

See also: Category:People from Tournus.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires" (in French). data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises. 13 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2021". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2023.
  3. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
  4. ^ a b c  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Tournus". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 107.
  5. ^ Dilke, Emilia Francis Strong (1911). "Greuze, Jean Baptiste" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 12 (11th ed.). pp. 584–585.