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Autun

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Autun is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in eastern France. It was founded during the Principate era of the early Roman Empire by Emperor Augustus as Augustodunum to give a Roman capital to the Gallic people Aedui, who had Bibracte as their political centre. In Roman times the city may have been home to 30,000 to 100,000 people, according to different estimates.Early historyAugustodunum was founded during the reign of the first Roman emperor, Augustus, after whom it was named. It was the civitas "tribal capital" of the Aedui, Continental Celts who had been allies and "brothers" (fratres) of Rome since before Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars. Augustodunum was a planned foundation replacing the original oppidum Bibracte, located some 25km away. Several elements of Roman architecture such as walls, gates, and a Roman theater are still visible in the town.In 356, a force of Alemanni brought the siege of Autun. The disrepair of the walls left the city in danger of falling. Autun was saved by the arrival of the Emperor Julian in one of his early military successes.
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Architectural Building
Cathedrale St-Lazare
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Outdoor Activity
Croix de la Liberation
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Museum
Musee Rolin
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
Temple de Janus
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Autun

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Zoo
Le Pal Saint-Pourcain-sur-Besbre
4.5
Duration: 8 hours
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Castle
Guédelon Treigny
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Duration: 4 hours
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World heritage site
Abbaye de Fontenay Montbard
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Duration: 2 hours
World heritage site
Basilique Sainte Madeleine Vezelay
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Autun

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Outdoor Activity
Plan d'Eau du Vallon
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Waterfall
Briscou Cascade
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Castle
Tour des Ursulines
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
Porte Saint-Andre
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Autun

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Military Museum
Musee des Enfants de Troupe
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Natural History Museum
Musee d'histoire Naturelle
3.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Autun

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Le Cellier de Benoit Laly
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historical Tour
Visites guidees a Autun
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Duration: 2 hours
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Landmark
Pyramide de Couhard
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
Lycee militaire
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Winery / Vineyard
Chablis Vititours Chablis
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Duration: 1h 30 min

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