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Macon town guide


Situated off the A6 between Lyon and Dijon, visitors by hire car will find the elegant town of Macon. There has been a settlement on this site since the second century b.c. Macon was a border town between the Kingom of France and The Holy Roman Empire and so, like most border towns, it prospered from duties and tariffs that had to be paid by merchants crossing over the border. The Ols Saint Vincent Cathedral was built in the sixth century, the South Tower offers superb views of the two rivers Macon and Saone. The Ursuline Museum is housed in a seventeenth century convent and houses the city museum and art gallery. There are often very good temporary Art Shows on here.

The poet and politician Alphonse Lamartine was born in Macon. During the time of the second republic he was said to be responsible for the abolition of slavery and for reforms that led to the abolition of capital punishment. The Hotel Senece which was built at the beginning of the Eighteenth Century houses a museum about his life and some very fine tapestries depicting events of the time.

After so much culture use you hire car to find a country Auberge where you can relax with some light Macon red or white wine, Bresse chicken or Charrolais Beef while dicussing philosophy in the best French tradition.

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