|Canton||Tournus ( chief lieu )|
|Community association||Mâconnais Tournugeois|
|surface||14.62 km 2|
|Residents||5,545 (January 1, 2017)|
|Population density||379 inhabitants / km 2|
Tournus on the Saône
Tournus is a member of the Communauté de communes du Tournugeois .
Viticulture predominates in the area . Tournus belongs to the Mâcon Villages appellation. There are also quarries in the area. Traditionally, chairs are made in Tournus.
Tournus is one of the few French cities where the establishment of a commercial zone on the outskirts was prevented by popular resistance. As a result of the protests, Mayor Claude Roche, who was elected in 2014, was forced to abdicate. In the new elections in October 2017, the opposition list received 61% of the vote. The new mayor is Bertrand Veau, a candidate from the citizens' initiative. The candidates of the majority parliamentary group had been selected by representatives of the citizens' groups - also a novelty. In the program of the city council majority, grassroots democratic, participatory elements play an essential role.
- Saint-Philibert : The church of Saint Philibert, which is more than a thousand years old, is the oldest survivinglarge Romanesque building in France. It is named after St. Philibert , whose relics were brought here duringthe Norman raidsand once belonged to the Benedictine abbey of Tournus . Architectural peculiarities of the building are the variety of vault shapes that were experimented with here (especially the vault of the nave, whose barrel vaults are perpendicular to the direction of the nave), as well as the Michael's chapel on the upper floor of the west facade and the mighty entrance hall (narthex).
Tournus has four restaurants, each with a Michelin star: Aux Terrasses, Meulien, Le Rempart and Greuze. The city has the highest "star density" per capita worldwide.
Sons and daughters
- Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725–1805), French painter
- Léopold de Folin (1817–1896), French naval officer, oceanographer and zoologist
- Albert Thibaudet (1874–1936), French literary critic and writer
- Josiane Bost (* 1956), French cyclist
- Maëlle Pistoia (* 2001), French singer