The heart of the village is where you will find the public wash-house and fountain, central meeting points of village life. Depending on the season, you will meet riders who bring their horses to drink there. A little further along, you come across the parish bread kiln, dry-stone walls and houses which bear witness to our long history. You will see St. Martin’s Church long before you actually reach it, a serene and unpretentious construction despite its impressive roof of stone. Two large buildings, one of which is the former 15th century Priory complete the circle.
When you walk up to the top of the village, turn around and look down on our village nestling among the hills. From this vantage point, you can see three hamlets, each with its own specific charm, Fougnières, Vivier and Nouville located on the edge of the river.
St. Martin’s Church (classified monument)
was built at the beginning of the 11th century on the site of the original church given by the Lords of Brancion to Cluny in 927 and, in 1176, became a provostry of the abbatial domain of Cluny. At that time, the nave was 25.15 metres long but was reduced by 6 metres in the 1930s. In 1981, during the first part of the restoration of the building, the roof timbers were uncovered and all the stone roofing was replaced between 1999 and 2005.
The former parish cemetery was in front of the church and, during the merovingian period, spread beyond the Priory’ belonging to the monks of Cluny.
The parish bread kiln;
which had remained in a state of abandon for many years, was bought by the parish and completely restored in the year 2000. It is sometimes used by local associations which brings back memories of village life in years gone by.
The public wash-house in Blanot (1830) is next to the former presbytery.
Mont St Romain
The Mont St. Romain, a compact mass of rock culminating at 579 metres, dominates Blanot.
In the 19th century, there were still remains of a chapel and a hermitage (Annuaire de Saône et Loire 1856). A few of the hermits were Brothers Emilian and Jean in 1675 ; Brother Emilian alone in 1692 ; Brother François Blanchard in 1740.
It was a place of pilgrimage, particularly at Easter and Whitsuntide. However, in 1748, access to the chapel was forbidden for reasons of « abuse and disorder ».
In the 19th century, until 1882, the site belonged to Emilien-Gilbert-Philibert Bruys des Gardes, counselor at the royal court of Dijon and then belonged to Philibert Miot (section A269 of the cadastre approx. 1840).
On the north-east side of the Mont St. Romain, water taken from a spring called « the fountain of plaster » was said to be a cure for eye diseases. There were many visitors during the pilgrimages.
Now, the Mont St Romain is a private site but with free acces. There is a panoramic table with impressive views of the Alps, the Jura, the Morvan and the Charollais. The area is much appreciated by hikers and a take-off area for paragliding is also accessible.