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November 21, 2017

France: Châteauneuf-en-Auxois


The “new” château at Châteauneuf-en-Auxois

is one of at least 33 communes in France with “Châteauneuf” in the name. The Côte-d’Or version features a turreted castle that overlooks the Autoroute du Soleil or A6. We’ve whizzed through the area many times on the freeway and have seen the château with its ferry tale turrets on the hilltop. On the side of the autoroute a brown tourist sign tells passing motorists that the Château de Châteauneuf is nearby. Through the windshield Châteauneuf, up on the hill in the distance, looked interesting. But passing by at 130 kph it never was convenient to visit. It wasn’t until we traveled through the area by canal that we actually had a chance to explore the town.

Château de Châteauneuf’s keep was originally constructed in 1132. Like many of the historic buildings in this area of Burgundy, the château has roots to the Dukes of Burgundy. In the 14th Century, facing the threat of the Hundred Years’ War, the lords of Châteauneuf enhanced the fortifications building the high walls that the tourist’s see today. Effective defenses from the 14th Century are now a popular tourist stop in the 21st.

Châteauneuf-en-Auxois viewed from the Burgundy Canal.

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