The Association ‘Les Amis de la Plaine’ welcomes you to Blanot (Cote d’Or)
If you are here on a visit or a walk, don’t look for the ‘Grottes de Blanot’: they are 100 km away, at Blanot near Cluny in the department of Saone-et-Loire.
In this Blanot, on the other hand:
a miracle of the Eucharist took place in the church in 1331
the ‘Treasure of Blanot’ was discovered in 1982
you can find traces of the Roman road between Autun and Sens
the writer, art historian and philosopher Henri Perruchot (1917-1967) is buried in the cemetery
the river Plaine has its source and winds through the commune from north to south
The Association ‘Les Amis de la Plaine’
The Association ‘Les Amis de la Plaine’ was formed in 2002 by a group of Blanot residents to maintain links of friendship going beyond their immediate neighbourhood, to preserve the identity of our village, to celebrate our heritage and to make it accessible to everyone who comes here: either to live here, or to stay for a time, or just as a guest.
The Eucharistic Miracle of Blanot
The church, dedicated to the Morvan evangelists St Andoche, St Thyrse and St Felix, was built on the 12th century. Entering the church, you go down a few steps as if you were going into a crypt.
This has been a place of pilgrimage and recuperation since 1331 when, as the archives attest, at Easter a piece of holy wafer dropped from the mouth of a woman from Effours on to the communion cloth, changed into a drop of blood, infused itself into the cloth and became an indelible stain.
This piece of cloth has been preserved in the church in a reliquary as a symbol of the real presence of the blood of Christ in the Eucharist.
The Treasure of Blanot
In 1982 a young farmer at Jonchère found under a tree uprooted by a storm a large cache of objects from the bronze age (10th century B.C.) including a cask containing the clothing and jewels of a woman (gold necklace, bronze bracelet, waist band and leg ornaments).
These are now exhibited at the Archaeological Museum at Dijon.
The Roman Road from Autun to Sens
A Roman road near the farm ‘Les Gaylots’ in the hamlet of Effours, as well as traces of canalisation and Gallo-Roman pottery, show that this area was inhabited in the first few centuries A.D. A hundred years ago the gutters on both sides of the road were clearly visible for about a hundred metres.
Near Les Gaylots a stage coach was once attacked by highwaymen [brigands] who killed the driver, whose name was Baptiste. A stone cross bearing the inscription ‘Croix du Postillon Baptiste’ still stands at the site.
Henri Perruchot (1917-67)
Henri Perruchot, writer, art critic, biographer, editor and one of the moving spirits of the Prix Litteraire du Morvan, was born in 1917 in Montceau-les-Mines. He was a founding member of the Academie du Morvan, and one of the prizes of the Prix Litteraire du Morvan is named after him. He died in Paris in 1967 and was, according to his wishes, buried in the cemetery of Blanot. He founded the journal ‘Jardin des Arts’, now defunct. He wrote biographies of many painters, notably a series ‘Art et Destin’ of works dedicated to Van Gogh, Cezanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Manet, Gauguin, Renoir, Seurat.
The name ‘Blanot’ comes from the Latin ‘Balneolum’ or ‘Blanoscum’ ?
The commune is 18.3 square kilometres in area and has 128 inhabitants according to the latest census. A hundred years ago it was all fields.
The commune is crossed from north to south by the river Plaine.
The village of Blanot is 407 metres in altitude and is located geographically at 47⁰ 10’ 20” north and 4⁰ 14’ 20” east.
The commune of Blanot is part of the Regional Natural Park of the Morvan.
Blanot is in the Region of Burgundy, the Department of Cote d’Or, the Arrondissement of Beaune, the Canton of Arnay-le-Duc, and the Community of Communes of Liernais.
THE RIVER PLAINE
The Plaine runs through a narrow valley from it source in Saint Martin de la Mer, above Pont Ribond. It winds past the Moulin de la Volere and a number of hamlets: Les Meulots, Le Bourg, La Queue de l’Etang, and Effours. It flows south to Chissey en Morvan, where it joins The Ternin, which flows into the Loire.
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