The abbey in Tournus
|• Mayor (2008–)||Jean Legros|
|25 km2 (10 sq mi)|
|• Density||240/km2 (610/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||168–353 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.|
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.
In the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville stands a statue of Jean-Baptiste Greuze, born in the town in 1725.
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 is an important industry.
There is a market every Saturday morning.
- On 9 June 2009, the town was the start of the 182 km (113 mi) Stage 3 of the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré cycle race.
- On 10 July 2010, the town was en route of the 165.5 km (102.8 mi) Stage 7 of the Tour de France cycle race.
- Birthplace of Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725 – 1805), painter.
- Home of Gabriel Voisin (February 5, 1880 – December 25, 1973), aviation and automobile pioneer.
- Birthplace of Marie-Hélène Mathieu (July 4, 1929), religious worker for the disabled.
- See also: Category:People from Tournus.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Tournus". Encyclopædia Britannica. 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 107.
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