Yesterday: Flavigny, a little mediaeval village, proud of its architecture and its history
With three fortified gates, ramparts, artisan dwellings (formerly occupied by tanners, oil-makers, millers, potters, tins-smiths, glazers, weavers and winemakers), shop windows, town houses and a lookout tower, the village remains a prized spot and haven of tranquillity for tourists and ramblers alike.
Life here was a meeting of worlds: the country peasants, the town-folk and the church, illustrated by the village’s monuments. These include the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Pierre (719), the parish church of Saint Genest (11th and 15th centuries), the Ursuline convent (1632), the Dominican novitiate opened by Père Lacordaire in 1848 in the house formerly owned by the Bailiff of Auxois, and the Hôtel du Marquis de Souhey, the Governor of Flavigny, which currently serves as the headquarters for the Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Joseph-de-Clairval.
Today: life in one of France’s most beautiful villages
The 340 people who currently inhabit this village of exceptional beauty are a diverse group, living and working to breathe life and energy into the community. They include young farmers, a winemaker, a farming cooperative (La Grange), a blacksmith, a wool producer, a post office, a grocery in the centre of the village, various artisanal boutiques, art galleries, guest houses and chalets, two restaurants, a unique Anis factory and a community of Benedictine monks!