At 2 km from Vézelay
The village is worth a detour. In fact it was here, in the valley, that the IX Century monastery of Vézelay was founded before it was transferred to the hill, sometime after its destruction by the Normans.
Recent excavations in the church Saint-Pierre-XI and XII have uncovered traces of what most likely was the monastery chapel. This church, partly destroyed and one of the oldest in the Yonne, has an exceptional double nave.
Heading deeper into the Morvan, you will pass one of the most exquisite gardens in rural France, which is dominated by redwood trees.
Leaving St. Père in the direction of Pierre-Perthuis, you will find the site of the Fountaines Salées after 1 km on your left where you can admire the important remains of a large Gallo-Roman spa with swimming pools, steam rooms, dressing room, palaestra, etc..