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Coordinates: 46°51′03″N 4°46′23″E / 46.8508333333°N 4.77305555556°E / 46.8508333333; 4.77305555556

Commune of Fontaines

Location
Fontaines, Saône-et-Loire is located in France
Fontaines, Saône-et-Loire
Administration
Country France
Region Bourgogne
Department Saône-et-Loire
Arrondissement Chalon-sur-Saône
Canton Chagny
Intercommunality Le grand Chalon
Mayor Mauricette Chatillon
Statistics
Elevation 183–315 m (600–1,030 ft)
(avg. 197 m/650 ft)
Land area1 24.73 km2 (9.55 sq mi)
Population2 2,349  (2006)
 - Density 95 /km2 (250 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 71202/ 71150
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Fontaines is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne in eastern France.

History

Formerly Fontanœ then Fontes. The village owes its name to the numerous source which spring from his territory. We find tracks of Roman time there. The village belonged to the Lords of Fountains, who built a castle, then to the bishops of Chalon there, who freed the inhabitants in 1299. The castle was plundered and destroyed in 1569. There was one prioress Benedictine, a chapel (Saint Nicolas) and several washhouses.

  • There is a very beautiful Romanesque church of the XIIIth and XVth century, surrounded with a strengthened surrounding wall.
  • This village in the peculiarity to have five washhouses what makes its currency " stony and health resort ".
  • There are ruins of the monastery.
  • And was recently built there a gymnasium.

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