A little history
Noyers, listed amongst the “Plus Beaux Villages de France” (most beautiful French villages), was called “Nucerio” in the 11th century, (from the latin “Nux-Nuces” meaning walnut), because of the large number of walnut trees which grew in the area. It was not until the 16th century that the spelling changed to what it is today.
The city is split in two from north to south by a main thoroughfare linking the two gates, la Porte de Tonnerre and la Porte d’Avallon, which suggests it was a very important trading place at the time.
The very first lords of Noyers, the Lords Miles of Noyers, were keen builders, who erected the impressive castle on Saint-Georges hill overlooking the village, of which only a few ruins remain today. An imposing enceinte wall surrounded the village in the 13th century, which included twenty three towers, nineteen of which are still standing today.
Aristocratic mansions, half timbered bourgeois homes, winegrowers houses, old chapels, convents, arcaded squares and defensive towers have all survived the ravages of time.
What better after a lovely meal than to go for a stroll along the banks of the river Serein ‘(meaning peaceful in english) which borders the medieval city of Noyers.
What once offered a natural defense, today provides a green and “peaceful” setting, just perfect for a stroll.
But don’t believe everything you read. This river wasn’t always so peaceful. Just take a walk up to the town hall. You will see the heights flood waters reached over the past centuries carved in the stone.
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