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Époisses

 

Époisses is a French commune located in the Côte-d'Or department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. She gave her name to a cheese. On the territory of the municipality is also the castle of Époisses, historical monument.

 

Geography

Epoisses is in the Côte-d'Or department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. It is not far from several small towns: Semur-en-Auxois and Montbard and large towns: Auxerre and Dijon.

Town planning
Typology
According to the terminology defined by INSEE and the zoning published in 2020, Époisses is a rural municipality, because it does not belong to any urban unit.

In addition, the town is part of the area of attraction of Semur-en-Auxois, of which it is a municipality in the crown. This area, which includes 54 municipalities, is categorized into areas of less than 50,000 inhabitants.

History
The seigneury of Espoisse had vast ponds at the finage of Bussières, at the bottom of the hamlet of the locality of Faubourg.

In the 12th century, the village saw the construction of an abbey church and a dovecote in the 16th century.

 

Places and monuments
The castle of Époisses was originally made up of two enclosures. Four towers, including the keep, were built in the 13th century in order to protect it. During the following centuries, the castle was redeveloped between the fourteenth century and the eighteenth century, in particular by Imbert de La Platière, Lord of Bourdillon, Marshal of France, originally from Nivernais. This profoundly transforms Epoisses. For example, he built the porch of the tower that bears his name today. The French revolution and negotiations with the Committee of Public Safety will lead to the destruction of the fortified parts and the reduction in the height of the towers. In the twentieth century, various buildings of the castle and the garden are classified as historical monuments.

The village also includes other places and monuments:
Way cross, rue de Semur, rue des Forges, rue des Éperons and rue d'Avallon.
Saint-Symphorien Church, in the courtyard of the castle, rue de Semur.
Fromagerie Berthaut, manufacturer of Époisses (cheese), Place du Champ de Foire.
Town hall, rue des Forges.
Birthplace of General Jacques Lazare Savettier de Candras, Place Candras (rue des Forges).
Remains of the priory of Époisses (of the order of Grandmont), founded in 1189 by Hugues III of Burgundy.