Medieval bridges and steps

Ponts médiévaux et escaliers (en)

[favorite_button post_id=”” site_id=””]

Pinard Bridge and Minimes Bridge :

The Armançon River :

The Armançon River appears as a symbol of the city. Sometimes calm, sometimes turbulent, some important floods have occurred. The meander formed by the Armançon gives Semur-en-Auxois its defensive characteristic. Today, the level of the Armançon is regulated by the dam of Pont-et-Massène. The river continues to flow in the department of Yonne, and ends in the river of the same name. The river has its source in the Auxois, more precisely in Pointe des Maillys, between Essey and Thoisy-le-Désert. The river’s name comes from the Celtic word aar, which means stream, river. As the proverb goes : “The Armançon, bad river but good fish”.

The steps :

The Fourneau steps link Chaude street, neighborhood for wine-growers and market-gardeners in the Middle Ages to the keep, passing under the Gate Cycogniers. So, take a rest, did you count 141 steps ?

The Poterne steps link the Rempart walk to the Tanneries street, located on the river’s bank. Look up and you will see some old dryers.

Finally, the Vierge steps, are located just before the gate of the same name.

tourisme semur

Discover the medieval city of Semur in Auxois, its municipal museum, its history and its exceptional architecture. Discover its high city and its suburbs by the river Armançon. Dynamic city, Ideally situated between Paris and Lyon in Auxois Bourgogne. In 7 km of the heat exchanger of the highway A6 and in 20 km of the TGV station of Montbard.


2 Place Gaveau
21140 Semur-en-Auxois
03 80 97 05 96

tourisme semur

Copyright : Office de tourisme : JF-salbreux , SF- ferreira, S-Loser, Christophe Gilles , pixabay , fotolia.
OT : Beaune, Dijon, Vezelay, Avallon, Cluny, Autun ,
Site : Alesia, Château Bussy Rabutin et Epoisses, Jardin potager de Lantilly , Abbaye de Fontenay , Bibracte, Palais abbatial Moutier Saint Jean, liste non exhaustive...