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Prefecture of Saône-et-Loire (71)

Population: 34,448

Specialties: Waffles, Ideal Mâconnais (cake), Mâconnais wines, wines (Viré-Clessé, Saint-Véran, pouilly-fuissé), wafers, boucon (chocolate with marc de Bourgogne), andouillette, snails and goat cheese.

Personalities: Alphonse de Lamartine (poet, novelist, playwright, politician), Antoine Griezmann (2018 football world champion), Marine Lorphelin (Miss France), Barbara Barthet (bowls), Maryvonne Icarre (Masters athletics world champion), Sandrine Martinet Aurières (gold medalist at the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2018), Joseph Dufour (creator of the wallpaper), Maxime Descombin (sculptor)

Sport: Mâcon regattas (rowing), AS Mâcon Rugby (Fédérale 1), Union football Mâconnais, Vélo sport  Mâconnais. Events: International Rowing Regattas, International Motorboat Grand Prix, International 3-Star Jumping, Speedway World Championship, Gambettes Mâconnaises, Lamartine Corrida, Triathlon.

Economics: viticulture, Cité de l'entreprise (start-up and digital business incubators), Zac Grand Sud (SMEs, industries, transport companies, etc.), marina (largest river marina France) and soon Saône Digitale (digital activities and relaxation areas).

Festivals: Wine Rally (March), National Wine Competition of France and Salon des Vins (April), Été frappé (concerts, shows, workshops, dance, outdoor cinema ...), 123 Mâcon (September, forum of associations), Tales & Lights, Biennale of Naïve Art, Contemporary Art, Biennials of Circus and Magic, Autumn Symphonies, Harvest of Humor, Effervescence Film Festival

Labels: 2 Fleurs d'Or, city 4 Flowers, playful and sporty city, sporty and friendly city, internet city @@@, golden hashtag (best performance on social networks), classified tourist resort, tourism and handicap label, tourism quality mark for 4-star camping.

Websites / Social Networks: www.macon.fr / @Villedemacon / #VilleDeMacon / www.instagram.com/villedemacon/ / www.snapchat.com/add/villedemacon / www.linkedin.com/company/villedemacon/ / www.youtube.com/channel/UCe16YVs7c1Rm013m11oJtkA / www.macon-tourism.com/fr/

Macon celebrates Lamartine

Romantic poet, writer, politician and traveller Alphonse de Lamartine died on February 28, 1869. It has been 150 years since the most famous of the Macon people died. The city of Mâcon has decided to honour his memory and to remind the world of his legacy as a writer and humanist, by organising six months of events and celebrations. Conferences, exhibitions and concerts from January to June 2019 made it possible to discover or rediscover the richness of the works and the thought of Alphonse de Lamartine whose themes are still relevant today (fight against racism, defence of democracy...) and continue to inspire us.

Alphonse de Lamartine was born in Mâcon in 1790 and spent all his childhood in Milly. The great love of his youth, Elvire, triggered his writing vocation. Throughout his life, Lamartine simultaneously led literary and political careers. Retired from politics in 1849 and riddled with debt, Lamartine spent the end of his life in the Macon region, his homeland. He died in Paris in 1869 and now rests at Saint-Point. His main works are Jocelyn, The Fall of an Angel, Graziella and the History of the Girondins.

It is also possible to follow in the region of Macon a 50-km "Lamartine route”, linking the places in which the poet lived and worked.

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Macon has a place of choice in the Tour de France history thanks to two decisive time-trials. This was particularly the case in 1991, when Miguel Indurain sealed the first of his five titles by dominating Gianni Bugno and Greg LeMond. During the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, the Macon stage gave young German John Degenkolb the chance to join the top flight of bunch sprinters by winning on the banks of the Saone, at the foot of the statue of Lamartine. In 2012, the city was the start of a stage to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, where Thomas Voeckler won the penultimate of his four stage victories on the Tour.

Among Macon-born riders, two rode the Tour de France -- Joël Millard, four times between 1972 and 1975, and Guy Buchaille, in 1953 and 1957. Joël Millard is now chairman of the departmental cycling committee of Saône-et-Loire

John DEGENKOLB © ASO/F.Mons
Miguel Indurain : Tour de France 1991 - Contre la montre © Presse Sports

Ursulines Museum
Housed in a former 17th-century convent, the Ursulines Museum gathers a compendium of Macon's history through its rooms of archaeology, ethnography and fine arts. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions showcasing local artists. A space devoted to Lamartine collections has also been created. Accessible by bike and equipped with eight parking racks, the museum is labelled "Accueil vélo" (Bikes Welcome). It will be completely rehabilitated to obtain the label of museum of art and history.

The blue way
From the Lamartine esplanade, you can reach Tournus along the Saône by bike or on foot. This old towpath has been redesigned as a 35-km cycling track. An ideal route for nature lovers or athletes who enjoy an exceptional panorama.

The feather path
Follow the bronze arrows and let yourself be guided through the city. This heritage trail with loops of one to two hours, allows you to discover the history, architecture and gastronomy of Macon. This walk in Macon follows a route of 28 points of interest commented on-site thanks to explanatory terminals and a mobile phone application.

The Saint-Laurent Bridge
Listed as a historic monument since 1987, this 11th century medieval bridge is one of the city's landmarks. Composed of 13 arches and measuring 230 m in length for a width of 3.50 m in places, the bridge connects the Saône department to the Bresse. It has undergone a major renovation in 2017.

Wooden house
Built between 1490 and 1510, the Wood House is without a doubt the oldest house of Macon, and certainly the most famous. Its facade entirely built in wood is decorated with a multitude of statuettes of often naughty inspiration. Masks characters of men and monkeys more or less grimacing, they are standing, sitting, winged, naked or sometimes dressed only with a scarf or hat. Some, with their extended arms, alternately hold the head and tail of a fantastic animal.
The Wood House was compared by the Goncourt brothers to a gigantic wooden chest that the Macon people could only watch discreetly because of the truculent sculptures adorning its walls.

St. Pierre Church
Conceived by architect André Berthier, a disciple of Viollet-le-Duc, the Saint-Pierre church was built in the 1860s in the Town Hall district. The Romanesque building has a three-storey facade. Three portals with semi-circular arches (characteristic of the monument as they are to be found in all the arcades, bays and openings) with a tympana adorned with bas-reliefs, give access to the interior. Dominated by two steeples of rare elegance, topped with a stone spire, the whole is remarkable. Inside, several works are listed as Historical Monuments: the white marble altar bas-relief of the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette chapel, sculpted by Perrache and the marble tomb of the Beauderon-Senecé family.

Old St. Vincent
Close to the old oppidum of Macon, the two towers and the entrance porch are the only remains of the old cathedral whose Roman tympanum is exceptional. Inside, the model, the plans and the architectural elements make it possible to reconstruct the evolution of the building from the 11th to the 15th century.

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The Macon house of wines

Founded in 1958, this house facing the river Saone is both a famous traditional restaurant in which to savour the best Burgundy recipes and a cellar in which to discover a wide range of Macon appellations. Cité des Vins, built nearby, will open its doors in 2021 and further work for the promotion of Burgundy wines.

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