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Auxerre

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Yonne

Auxerre - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Yonne
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Situated between Paris and Dijon, in the north-west of Burgundy, Auxerre is the capital of Yonne and boasts an exceptional medieval historical heritage. The pedestrian quarter of the city is full of half-timbered houses, some of which are decorated with carved figures.

Once an episcopal city, Auxerre is now a listed City of Art and History with a number of majestic religious buildings. Overlooking the quays of the Yonne, the Gothic Cathedral of St. Stephen, a listed Historic Monument, stands out for its remarkable sculpted portals, splendid stained glass windows with medallions and a Romanesque crypt adorned with superb ancient frescoes.

Carolingian crypts from the 9th century known as the "Holy Caves", decorated with frescoes that are still visible today, can also be found in the former Benedictine Abbey of St. Germanus. In this beautiful monastic complex founded in the 5th century, you can admire the chapter house, cloister, cellar and prison tower, as well as the splendid St. John Tower which escaped destruction.

The 12th-century Church of St. Eusebius is another of the city's architectural treasures. Its Romanesque bell tower, Renaissance choir and superb 16th-century stained glass windows are sure to appeal to heritage-lovers. The historic centre of Auxerre has many other sights to offer visitors, such as the 15th-century Clock Tower in the Flamboyant style, surrounded by typical façades, or Place Charles Surugue with its cute, colourful houses and its fountain decorated with a statue of Cadet Roussel, a famous figure in the city's history. Take your time to admire the half-timbered houses with carved details, mansions, Renaissance dwellings and Art Deco buildings.

This attractive and eminently cultural destination is also home to many museums. The St. Germanus Museum, in the abbey, tells the story of the city and the region; the Leblanc-Duvernoy Museum houses a very fine collection of faience as well as Beauvais tapestries from the 18th century. The Natural History Museum is a certified Museum of France with exhibitions about the region's present and past biodiversity, as well as a pleasant French formal garden which makes an ideal place to relax.

At the foot of the Abbey of St. Germanus, you will find the unmissable Place Saint-Nicolas. A gem of the Marine quarter, this square has beautiful houses, a charming fountain, shops and restaurants. Not far from there, a footbridge over the Yonne will offer you a stunning view of Auxerre. And from the bridge, you can contemplate a vast panorama including the footbridge, the banks of the Yonne, the harbour and the historic centre's superb buildings. The quays of the Yonne have been landscaped to create a pleasant place to relax or take a stroll, but you can also opt to board a boat for a cruise, to discover the city and its outskirts from another angle!

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Auxerre

Auxerre, capital of the department of Yonne, located midway between Dijon and Paris (150 km) Auxerre is located on one of the busiest motorways in France, the A6, the "Sun ".

Auxerre is already one of the best views of France and also a prestigious cultural heritage. Whatever may have been its subsequent evolution in the Middle Ages, it is first of its medieval monuments, starting with its churches, as required Auxerre in our time. The Gallo-Roman city succeeding a Gallic town was located in the plain, enjoying a major communication route, the Via Agrippa, connecting Lyon to Boulogne-sur-Mer. At the end of the fourth century, to protect themselves from invasions, a castrum was raised on the hill to the north, the future core of the medieval town.

The wine has an important place in the history of the region because the vine is cultivated in the Auxerrois since at least the second century AD The wine is also the feast, and as tradition dictates, it is the celebration of St. Vincent's rotating Auxerrois, which takes place every year at the end of January in a village wine from the region.

Many local specialties made the reputation of the region: gougères, the sausage of Chablis, Burgundy snails, beef bourguignon, bourguignon kir, the Burgundy truffle.

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The Abbey of Saint-Germain Abbey was an important center of intellectual and spiritual rebirth of Carolingian Europe, thanks to the fruitful work of the great masters of the "school Auxerre". Crypts remained the largest known of the Carolingian Renaissance testimony. Frescoes dating from the 9th century, representing the martyrdom of St. Stephen before the walls of Jerusalem, is the oldest discovered to date in France. Set on 2 floors in the former monks' dormitory of the 17th century, the museum Saint-Germain offers great local collections of prehistoric archaeological and Gallo-Roman.

Cathedral Saint-Étienne: The current Gothic building in the 13th century followed a novel built in the 11th century building. The new Romanesque church remains only the impressive crypt. We see, covered in ocher country, a rare fresco: the only known example of a Christ riding a white horse. The cathedral treasury contains, among other valuables, enamels 13th century miniatures and ancient manuscripts from the 15th and 16th centuries.

The Clock Tower: Located in the heart of the pedestrian area, the second protected area of ​​Burgundy, surrounded by beautiful houses with wood sides, stands the Clock Tower, formerly called round Gaillarde. Flamboyant Gothic style, it was built in the 15th century on the foundations of a tower of the Gallo-Roman castrum. The clock face shows with needles original lunar and solar hours.

And also: St. Peter's Church, the Church of St. Eusebius, Leblanc Duvernoy Museum, Chapel of the Visitation, the museum and Eckmühl room.

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Events and festivities

From June 1st to September 30th: Sound and light show inside the Saint-Etienne Cathedral: "The big Auxerre hours."

1 July to 31 August: Festival "Boy Note!" : Free in bars Auxerre and Auxerrois from Monday to Saturday from 21:30 concerts.

From July 1 to August 31: "Thursdays taste" cruises tastings of local products and local wines on the boat Swallow every Thursday.

The first three Saturdays in December: "Saturdays of Advent": free tastings of local products to the Tourist Office downtown.

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Auxerre (© JE)
Auxerre (© JE)
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Old City of Auxerre (© JE)
Old City of Auxerre (© JE)
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Cathedral Auxerre (© JE)
Cathedral Auxerre (© JE)
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Old City of Auxerre (© JE)
Old City of Auxerre (© JE)
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Door and clock tower (© JE)
Door and clock tower (© JE)
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cornier of Poteau an old house (© JE)
cornier of Poteau an old house (© JE)
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Post corner strut representing Saint Nicolas (© JE)
Post corner strut representing Saint Nicolas (© JE)
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Post carved corner strut (© JE)
Post carved corner strut (© JE)
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Cathedral Auxerre (© JE)
Cathedral Auxerre (© JE)
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Cathedral Auxerre (© JE)
Cathedral Auxerre (© JE)
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Nave of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Nave of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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