Full of charming streets and alleyways, the delightful little town of Tournus is set on the right bank of the River Saône. It is easily most famous for its former abbey church of St Philibert, which was historically the reason for the town's existence and growth. The abbey was founded in 875 AD, by a group of monks from the Atlantic island of Noirmoutier. Only fragments of the other monastic buildings remain, and very little of the current church building dates from this time; most dates from about the year 1000.
Today, the church is widely regarded as one of the most important Romanesque buildings in France. This is also thanks in part to two relief panels facing the nave, which are amongst Europe's oldest Romanesque sculptures. In the squares surrounding the abbey there is also an impressive selection of charming craft shops and beautiful, quaint houses, ensuring that Tournus has remained popular with visitors for many years.