CHALON sur SAONE,the birthplace of PHOTOGRAPHY
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Once a naval base in antiquity,later a capital of the Merovingian Kingdom of Burgundy and a busy port on the banks of Sâone river at the jonction with the Centre canal,Chalon sur Sâone was a place of international fairs during Middle Ages and offers to the visitors many sights such as many old houses(15 th to 18th century),old fortifications and interesting museums.It is the birthplace of photography thanks to its famous resident Nicéphore Niepce and the starting point of the visit to Côte Chalonnaise vineyards,the south part of the Burgundy wine road with Mercurey,Rully,Givry.
I visited the second largest city of Bugundy(the first is Dijon) on a rainy day and on a bankholiday,a 15th August and unfortutanely ,the Nicéphore Niepce museum which contains over 2 millions pictures and photography devices and stuff was closed but I enjoyed to stroll along the picturesque streets of Saint Vincent's area.
MOST REMARKABLE FEATURES:
-The Niepce Museum,the most important European Museum of the Image 28 quai des Messageries
-The Old Saint Laurent Hospital founded in 1529,it stands on Saint Laurent island:don't miss the 18th pharmacy and the refectory with amazing pannelings
-Saint Vincent Cathedral and its area.
-Denon museum for the fans of 17th and 18th paintings(Dutch,Flemish,Italian and French schools)