The discovery of two bracelets from the Bronze Age, preserved in a museum in the nearby town of Besançon, with the remains of a Merovingian cemetery and some Roman coins, makes the village of Boussières one of the oldest inhabited places in the region.
The village, almost completely destroyed by fire in 1548, still retains its church, whose presence is attested from the 11 century.
In our site you can visit :
- The church of Saint-Étienne with its bell tower, one of the few testimonies of our region, of the early Romanesque age, which dates back to the second half of the eleventh century. The portico of the church, built in 1574 for a “reconciliation” ceremony. Both are classified as historical monuments.
- L’Aulne: on the wall of the presbytery in front of a fig tree, you can admire, tracing in stone the Aulne of Besançon, an old meter of French length that was used for the sale of textiles.
- Some paper mills included in the cultural heritage, built following the annexation of Alsace to Germany after the 1870 war.
Less than 5 km away from our structure you can discover :
The “Canal du Monsieur”, a tunnel on the Thoraise River of 1810, created during the construction of the Rhone-Rhine Canal. A sensory, aesthetic and visual experience linked to the particularity of the place.
A fantastic panorama behind the Notre-Dame du Mont Chapel, built around 1590, overlooking the Doubs river valley between Rancenay and Thoraise and many nearby towns, including Besançon.
“The Osselle caves“, the oldest known tourist cave 110 meters below ground
You must not forget the fortress citadel of Besançon, designed by Vauban, the Salines Royales d’Arc et Senans and the Grande Saline de Salins les Bains, three sites registered in the UNESCO List of Heritage.
The city of Besançon, a city of many facets, modern and old . You can visit the Musée du temps , the Musée des Beaux Arts, the Cité des Arts, the birth house of Victor Hugo and the Cathedral, where you can admire an exceptional astronomical clock.
For lovers of eno-gastronomic tourism, the Jura vineyard, one of the oldest vineyards in France, is a 30-minute drive away. You can taste the precious Vin Jaune, extremely popular worldwide. Its color is golden, whose color also derives its name. Its fame is linked to its organoleptic qualities and its original and mysterious preparation.
You can have opportunity to enter in a timeless world, visiting the prehistoric park Dino-Zoo and with it the cave of Poudrey, that offers a show of music and lights, on the theme of the universe’s creation.
you can also breathe the fresh air of the Musée des Maisons Comtoises ! These houses have been carefully dismantled from their place of origin, before being reassembled on the site of the open-air museum, in a 15-hectare park.