Semur and its fortifications

Impressive or simple, 6 gates ensured access between the boroughs and the heart of the city.

The Barbican
A portal of battlements from the 15th century, which name means “trap” in Arabic.

The Sauvigny Gate (1444)
Its name comes from the name of a former tax collector. There were 2 drawbridges : a small one on the left for the pedestrians and a bigger one in the centre for carts and horseriders.

The Guillier  Gate (13th century)
The Sauvigny Gate was joined to the Guillier Gate to strengthen the gatehouse.

The Fontaignotte Gate
Protected by a tower, this gate ensured access from the borough and the surrounding boroughs along the Armançon river.

The Cycogniers Gate
It overlooked the staircase of the Furnace : the 141 steps allow you to reach the dungeon, built on the overlapping point between the riverbend and plateau.

The Carême Prenant Gate ensured acces to a borough located on another plateau overlooking the Armançon river.

In association with C. Duchesne from the heritage service of the town of Semur-en-Auxois .

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