Located in the Haute Côte d’Or, in the heart of the Auxois, Flavigny-sur-Ozerain is a dynamic village of 300 inhabitants where Julius Caesar set up two Roman camps and his headquarters in 52 BC to besiege Vercingetorix. After the siege of Alesia, the Roman general Flavinius was offered the hill where a Gallo-Roman villa was built, which became the city of Flavianiacum, today the commune of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain.
Built around the Benedictine Abbey founded in the 8th century, this Burgundian town tells its medieval history through its ramparts, its four fortified gates, its cobbled streets, its shop bays, its bourgeois residences, its watchtower and its houses once occupied by tanners, oil-makers, millers, pewter potters, glass-makers, weavers... Flavigny has a life divided between the peasant world, its inhabitants and the ecclesiastical world, illustrated by its great monuments, including the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Pierre, founded in 719, the parish church of Saint-Genest dating from the 11th and 15th centuries, the Ursuline convent of 1632 and the Benedictine abbey of Saint Joseph de Clairval.
On the eve of the French Revolution, the population was approximately 1300. Chief town of the canton from 1801 to 1910, Flavigny is in the 19th century a winegrowing town with several inns, a police station, a justice of the peace, a tax office and a market. But the construction of the railway station at the beginning of the 20th century in the town of Les Laumes changed the situation for Flavigny, which was no longer a county town.
Located in a landscape of hedged farmland where many species of protected animals and birds can be found, a rich local flora as well as footpaths and hiking trails that cross valleys and forests, Flavigny remains a village made up of a cosmopolitan population with a variety of activities that testify to the dynamism and attractiveness of the village.
An international seminar, a community of Benedictines, farmers, a winegrower, a honey producer, a horticulturist, a farm inn, restaurants, a post office, two organic bulk grocery shops, a heliculturist, a ceramist, craft shops, a bookstore, graphic designers, entrepreneurs, artists, a brasserie at the entrance to the village where the majestic RUMONE sculpture offers an unobstructed view of the village and a shop selling essential oils, make up this setting which invites you to stroll, daydream, be curious and discover.
Flavigny-sur-Ozerain reveals its heritage from the top of its rocky spur. If the abbey, its medieval streets, its Ursuline Oratory where you can admire the DERGEL sculpture, its ramparts, its fortified gates let you guess its past greatness, don’t forget that this picturesque town is also a place of delicacies and of life with each year its artists’ exhibitions, its concerts, its theatres, its Saint Simon’s market, its exhibition of more than 80 cots and its Christmas market. We look forward to welcoming you and helping you discover the wonders of Flavigny.
Municipality of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain