From the 19th century, the region of Creusot-Montceau emerged as a major centre of ceramics and pottery making. The local presence of abundant supplies of coal and suitable clay for earthenware production led the development of this local industry with more than 40 factories and workshops installed along the canal du Centre in 1900.
Important contributions were made by local manufacturers and remains of this former blooming industry can still be seen today on your journey down the canal du Centre, offering a unique insight and look at the industrial heritage and architecture of Creusot-Montceau.
A detour to the greatest spots of the Ceramic Valley is something you would not want to miss!
A few kilometres from le Creusot, the quaint little village Ecuisses is a real showcase of the industrial ceramic art of the region. When you get there, stroll along the canal to admire plenty of buildings ornamented with bricks, tiles and ceramic artwork.
Further down, the village of Montchanin features a wealth of houses with multi-coloured decorated facades.
In Ciry-le-Noble, explore the former Brick Factory for an insight into the mechanised form of mass-production of bricks at the time of the industrial revolution.
You will be conquered by this special place and the charms of local decorative architecture.