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21 Place de l'Hôtel de Ville
70150 MARNAY

Tél. : +33 (0)3 84 31 90 91
Opening hours:
Du 01/10 au 31/05, ouvert du lundi au vendredi (From Monday to Friday / Montag bis Fritag) 9h30 - 12h30 / 14h-16h30.
Communauté de Communes du Val Marnaysien
    MARNAY, CITY OF CHARACTER BURGUNDY-FRANCHE-COMTE

Marnay, Petite Cité Comtoise de Caractère
Marnay is set in a lush green countryside. The houses are nestling under red to red-brown tiled roofs. Their light-coloured facades are in freestone or cement-coated rubblestone. 
Look out for : the narrow plots of land, the turrets and towers with staircases, the archways and the sculpted patterns.

The Hôtel de Santans, a listed protected historical monument, illustrates the prosperity of Marnay in the 16th century. What to see : the Maison de Brusset and the Hôtel de Montbarrey. The town played host to feudal officials, lawyers and burghers.

The old shop windows with their stone arches or wooden fronts are a testimony to the town's lively past of traders and craftmen. The winegrowers' houses and farmhouses remind the vsitor that in 1752, half of the inhabitants were farmers. The vineyard here has disappeared, but there is still at Charcenne, Hugier and Le Moutherot where wines can be tasted.
Castle Marnay
In the Middle Ages, the castle of Marnay, which gave birth to the town, had a strategically important location. It was built by the lords of Chalon-Arlay prior to 1225, on a rock overlooking a ford on the river Ognon. Arranged around a vast courtyard, the building would have had 16 towers in the 14th century. Laurent I and Charles Emmanuel de Gorrevod restored the castle between 1520 and 1617. It was besieged many times (see the miracle painting in the church) and was demolished on the order of Louis XIV. Today, it houses private accommodation and public amenties.

Places of interest : the circular ditch, the stone bridge that replaced the old drawbridge, the polygonal tower with spiral staircase and mullioned windows facing the coutyard, the square tower with paived gemel windows facing the river.
The "Hôtel de Santans"
The Hotel de Santans dates back to the 16th century : you can notice special windows with transoms and mullions called " fenêtres à meneaux" related to the Renaissance history period. The front wall became a listed protected historical monument in 1915 and was restored in 1986. The interior was completely renovated : the National Police force was hosted here from 1973 to 1976. Then it became the city hall.
The church of Saint-Symphorien
The church of Saint-Symphorien, a listed protected historical monument, contains a mixture of styles from the 13th century to the 17th century. The lords of Gorrevod (1520-1681) in particular carried out many beautiful improvements. The base of the tower is original and it has been roofed again with glazed coloured tiles. The seigniorial chapel was rebuilt in 1417. The nave contains three barrelvaulted bays from the 15th century and five side chapels.

Sights to admire : the stone pietà from the Brou school ; the folk art statues from the 16th century ; the coats of arms of lords and nobles on the keystones.
"Trajes"
You can discover several narrow passageways in Marnay, as in many ancient towns. These passageways which are sometimes covered are called "trajes" (from the Latin verb "trajicere" : "cross") : passage Gauthier, passage Chalon, passage Saint-Germain...

Marnay, "Petite Cité Comtoise de Caractère", undertook a new urban development. The town decided to combine its emblem, the sun, with the emblem of the bat which an ancient lord had had sculpted on the stable door of his castle. The bat, enemy of light, was supposed to avert darkness at night. It is represented on every traje entry.
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