Mâcon to discoverWhile discovering a town, the first thing you do is to familiarise yourself, step by step, street by street. Strolling is the best way to discover the old Mâcon which is a mosaic where history and men have left their scattered touch, discreet but living. The walk can start, near the tourist office, with the 18th century town hall, with its imposing façade on the banks of the Saône River. In Rue Carnot, opposite the town hall, the Saint-Pierre church built in the 19th century shows many typical features of Neo-romanesque art. A bit further on, there is the Soufflot Residence, with its Saint-Vincent-de-Paul chapel and its « tour » for abandoned children. Coming back to the North, you go through the picturesque « Place aux herbes » where the « Maison de Bois » (the wooden house) stands adorned with saucy sculptures. Carrying on towards the Saône, you come across the Saint-Laurent Bridge. It was built in the 11th century and is the real talisman of the town. It was altered several times in the courses of the centuries. A few minutes from there, you reach the bottom of the unequal towers of the old Saint-Vincent, which are the vestiges of the ancient church-cathedral. Walking along the little streets, the stroller will discover the Ursulines Museum, which displays numerous accounts on the history of the town, the residential house of the de Lamartine family, Rue Beauderon de Senecé, then on either side of the « Square de la Paix », the Saint-Vincent church erected under Napoleon 1st and the General Hospital that owes its dome to Soufflot. Going down towards the Saône, you may admire the Regency style Senecé Residence. Furthermore, during his walk, the stroller will not fail to appreciate all the little and big things that make Mâcon a town deserving special attention.
From Matisco to nowadays... The foundation of the antic Matisco goes back to the 1st century BC. Soon, the city became a communication crossroads. Boarder line between the French Kingdom and the Holy Roman Empire between 843 and 1600, Mâcon thrives thanks to the customs duties. In 1790, Mâcon becomes the administrative centre of Saone-et-Loire, and has given the world one of its well-known children: Alphonse de Lamartine (Poet and politician). Active centre of the Resistance during World War II, Mâcon became the first town of the unoccupied zone between Paris and Lyon.
The urban and architectural richness of Mâcon bears witness to a past particularly rich in encounters. Explore the city, its museums and historical sites.
Not to forget, during your walk, the museums tracing the history of yesteryear Mâcon…
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