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Auxerre

3.8
Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Landmarks
Auxerre is the capital of the Yonne department and the fourth-largest city in Burgundy. Auxerre's population today is about 39,000; the metropolitan area comprises roughly 92,000 inhabitants. Residents of Auxerre are referred to as Auxerrois.Auxerre is a commercial and industrial centre, with industries including food production, woodworking and batteries. It is also noted for its production of Burgundy wine, including world-famous Chablis. In 1995 Auxerre was named "Town of Art and History".HistoryAuxerre was a flourishing Gallo-Roman centre, then called Autissiodorum, through which passed one of the main roads of the area, the Via Agrippa (1st century AD) which crossed the Yonne River (Gallo-Roman Icauna) here. In the third century it became the seat of a bishop and a provincial capital of the Roman Empire. In the 5th century it received a Cathedral. In the late 11th-early 12th century the existing communities were included inside a new line of walls built by the feudal counts of Auxerre.Bourgeois activities accompanied the traditional land and wine cultivations starting from the twelfth century, and Auxerre developed into a commune with a Town Hall of its own. The Burgundian city, which became part of France under King Louis XI, suffered during the Hundred Years' War and the Wars of Religion. In 1567 it was captured by the Huguenots, and many of the Catholic edifices were damaged. The medieval ramparts were demolished in the 18th century.
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Cathédrale Saint-Étienne d'Auxerre ©
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Cathédrale Saint-Étienne d'Auxerre
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Duration: 8 hours
Vieille Ville
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Vieille Ville
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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The Clock Tower
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Abbaye de Saint-Germain d'Auxerre ©
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Abbaye de Saint-Germain d'Auxerre
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

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Chateau de Fontainebleau Fontainebleau
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Duration: 3 hours
Abbaye de Fontenay ©
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Abbaye de Fontenay Montbard
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Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Auxerre

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Les Caves Bailly Lapierre
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Musee Saint-Germain ©
Art Museum
Musee Saint-Germain
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Église Saint Eusèbe
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Parc de l'Arbre sec ©
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Parc de l'Arbre sec
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Auxerre

Salle Eckmuhl ©
Specialty Museum
Salle Eckmuhl
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Musee d'Histoire Naturelle ©
Natural History Museum
Musee d'Histoire Naturelle
3.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Auxerre

La Cave du Marechal ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
La Cave du Marechal
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Le marche de l'Arquebuse ©
Farmers Market
Le marche de l'Arquebuse
3.7
Duration: 30 minutes

Parks in Auxerre

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Arboretum Darnus-Rantheaume
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

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