For you to discover at the foot of the Hotel La Gazelle
Formerly known as Besse-en-Chandesse, Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise is a Medieval and Renaissance town worthy of a decent visit. Linked to the history of France and royalty (Queen Margot left her imprint), the town was for a long time one of the Medici strongholds, and has a rich architectural and historic past. Constructed at an altitude of 1050 m atop a lava flow, this picturesque and lively town, full of friendliness and festivity every day, is set against an extraordinary natural backdrop. Labelled “Petite Cité de Caractère” (Little Town of Character), the historic heart of Besse contains eight buildings officially classed as historic monuments.
There’s so much to see. Start with the 12th century Saint-André Church, followed by the Château du Bailli (former residence of the Bailiff, who was charged with bringing law and justice to the medieval town of Besse by the Lords of the House of La Tour d’Auvergne). There’s also the belfry, which acts as gateway to the medieval town and dates back to the 15th century; restored at various times, it has a weathervane shaped in the head of a wolf. Finally, discover the Renaissance fountains, the Manoir Saint-Marie des Remparts (Renaissance-style house made of elements coming from Besse’s surroundings), the Maison de la Reine Margot and the cobbled streets dotted with 15th century houses such as Rue de la Boucherie.
A circuit featuring 14 panels invites you to discover the history and architecture of the town. Our hotel is 5 minutes on foot from the town centre, allowing you to visit Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise at your own pace.