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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 ©
Historic Site
Cathédrale Saint-Étienne d'Auxerre
Duration: 8 hours
Vieille Ville
Vieille Ville
Duration: 2h 30 min
The Clock Tower
Observation Deck
The Clock Tower
Duration: 1h 30 min
Abbaye de Saint-Germain d'Auxerre ©
Abbaye de Saint-Germain d'Auxerre
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Auxerre

Nigloland, Parc D'Attractions & Hotel ©
Theme Park
Nigloland, Parc D'Attractions & Hotel Dolancourt
Duration: 8 hours
Guédelon ©
Guédelon Treigny
Duration: 4 hours
Chateau de Fontainebleau
World heritage site
Chateau de Fontainebleau Fontainebleau
Duration: 3 hours
Abbaye de Fontenay ©
World heritage site
Abbaye de Fontenay Montbard
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Auxerre

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

Museums in Auxerre

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

Shopping in Auxerre

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

Parks in Auxerre

Arboretum Darnus-Rantheaume ©
Arboretum Darnus-Rantheaume
Duration: 1h 30 min

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