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Burgundy is a spiritual land. Saint-Jean-de-Losne is a step of the Santiago de Compostela trail between Dole and Vougeot, known as the “Chemin des Abbayes” and goes through Mont-Roland, Cîteaux, La Bussière, Saulieu and La Pierre qui Vire. ..

Saint-Jean-de-Losne, ville étape des chemins de compostelle
Saint-Jean-de-Losne, ville étape Compostelle
Saint-Jean-de-Losne, ville étape des chemins de Compstelle

Chemin des Abbayes

The Compostela routes have been becoming more and more popular over the past few years and you might run into a real “Jacquet”, or walkers looking to enjoy the great outdoors. On foot, by bicycle or with a donkey, the “Chemin des Abbayes” is 35 km long and takes you through the French departments of the Jura (39) and Côte d’Or (21). The trail is marked with plastic signs featuring a yellow shell on a blue background (sometimes affixed to a white plastic base).


The Credential

Make sure you get your “pilgrim’s credential” before you arrive in Saint-Jean-de-Losne because you won’t be able to get one in Cluny. You can order one from the website “Les Chemins Vers Compostelle”. Stop by the Saint-Jean-de-Losne Tourist Information Centre (2 Rue de la Liberté) to get your credential stamped. This stamp validates your step of the trail and is essential if you want to receive the “Compostella”, the official document that certifies you have completed the pilgrimage.

Mont Roland
Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste à Saint-Jean-de-Losne
Abbaye de Cîteaux


  • The Mont Roland Sanctuary of Notre Dame in Jouhe (5 km from Dole) is one of the most ancient places of pilgrimage in Franche-Comté. It stands at an altitude of 343 metres, on Mont Rolland hill.
    > The chapel and ciergerie are open every day from 9:30am to 6:30pm.
  • Église Saint Jean-Baptiste in Saint-Jean-de-Losne where you can see the sculpture on one of the pillar of the Chapelle Sainte Vierge: in an oak forest inhabited by terrible monsters, a traveller walks along playing his accordion, the shells he’s wearing clearly show that he is a pilgrim, on his way to Compostela.
    > Sign up to meet one of our Greeters to uncover all the secrets of the organ, listed as a historic monument and built in the 18th century.
    > Open every day
  • Abbaye de Cîteaux in Nicolas-lès-Cîteaux founded in 1098, is the birthplace of the Cistercian order and Cistercian monks still live there today. 75-minute guided tours every day during the high season. Visitors can attend the services and Sunday mass in French.
    > Visiting times vary depending on the season.


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