Majestic churches

Exploring Creusot-Montceau’s religious heritage

Roman churches, chapels and places of worship are scattered across the region of Creusot-Montceau. Leave main roads and discover some of our secrets.

Whether you are interested in religious heritage or just seeking a place of peace and tranquillity, Creusot-Montceau’s churches offer a warm welcome to visitors and an insight into the area's rich cultural heritage.

The Church of Saint-Martin de Charmoy

The church of Saint-Martin de Charmoy was built in the middle of the 12th century by monks of the Order of Cluny from the nearby village of Mesvres. The Romanesque church stands out with its steeple covered in wooden hoarding. Its apse and bell tower are listed heritage. The nave of the church was transformed in the nineteenth century. History comes back to life in the listed building’s vibrant interior.

Church of the Priory Saint-Pierre and Saint-Benoît in Perrecy-les-Forges

Here’s another listed building that showcases the beauty of roman art in this French region. The church of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Benoît in Perrecy is a unique example and certainly one of the most beautiful of Romanesque architecture in Burgundy. The Romanesque nave was built at the beginning of the 11th century in a rather simple architectural style. The nave was then enlarged in the 12th century with an additional central span and a narthex decorated with carvings. Notice the decorations inspired by animals and botanical life. The Christ standing majestically ornates the tympanum. The choir was rebuilt in a gothic style in the 15th century. The church recently underwent huge restoration work to bring it back to its original splendour. The park around the church was also redesigned to highlight the majestic architecture of this historical building in Perrecy-les-Forges.

Church Notre-Dame of Gourdon

Get set for a discovery of stunning Romanesque frescoes. Perched at the centre of the village of Gourdon, the Church Notre-Dame stands proudly on the hilltop, overlooking the surrounding landscapes. The roman style building dates back to the 12th century. The influence of the order of Cluny is reflected in the architecture, especially in the elevation of the nave. The elegant interior reveals 90 carved capitals and splendid mural frescoes recently brought to light and restored to their original beauty. A magnificent example of Roman art in southern Burgundy.