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Tournus coat of arms
Tournus (France)
region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Department Saône-et-Loire
Arrondissement Mâcon
Canton Tournus ( chief lieu )
Community association Mâconnais Tournugeois
Coordinates 46 ° 34 ′  N , 4 ° 54 ′  E Coordinates: 46 ° 34 ′  N , 4 ° 54 ′  E
height 168-323 m
surface 14.62 km 2
Residents 5,545 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 379 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 71700
INSEE code

Tournus on the Saône

Tournus [tuʁny] is a French municipality with 5545 inhabitants (at January 1, 2017) in the department of Saone-et-Loire in the region of Bourgogne Franche-Comté .

Tournus is a member of the Communauté de communes du Tournugeois .


Tournus is located on the right bank of the Saône , about 28 kilometers north of Mâcon and about 26 kilometers south of Chalon-sur-Saône .


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 located on the Mâcon - Chalon-sur-Saône railway line , on the A 6 , on the RN 6 , and on the Saône, which is navigable in this area .


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.

Town twinning

Population development

year 1793 1851 1901 1954 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2007
Residents 4,353 5,613 4,890 5,453 5,975 6,673 7,443 6,977 6,568 6.231 5,941


  • 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).
Old post office in Tournus
Birthplace of the painter Jean-Baptiste Greuze


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


Tournus was the starting point of the 7th stage of the Tour de France 2010 . The Musée de Vélo provides information on the development of the bicycle.

Web links

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