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Auxerre

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Yonne

Auxerre - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Yonne
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Located between Paris and Dijon in Yonne, Auxerre has a prestigious cultural heritage, the legacy of its Gallo-Roman, medieval, gastronomic and winegrowing history!

Positioned at the intersection of land routes and waterways, the city developed on the banks of the River Yonne.

A City of Art and History, filled with many half-timbered houses that add to its charm, Auxerre is divided into distinct neighbourhoods, with so many different atmospheres to discover. Its historic centre is a 67-hectare preserved area.

In the La Marine district, organised around the Yonne, the memory of the river trades is very much alive. In particular, there is a beautiful 16th-century house, formerly owned by a merchant who traded via the river. This district lies at the foot of the oldest monument in Auxerre, the Benedictine Abbey of St. Germain, founded in the 5th century. Its 9th-century Carolingian crypt is adorned with the oldest known mural paintings in France! Meanwhile, the convent buildings house the Auxerre Museum of Art and History and its archaeological collections ranging from Prehistory to the Middle Ages. The 12th-century chapterhouse, the 14th-century cellar, the 17th-century cloister and the 12th-century St. John Tower with its beautiful stone spire are among the vestiges of the past that you can discover when visiting the area.

Near the La Marine district is the Gothic Cathedral of St. Stephen, built from the 13th to the 16th century. Its asymmetric façade and superb stained glass windows contribute to its elegance. In its 11th-century Romanesque crypt, you will be able to admire the famous and magnificent fresco of Christ on horseback.

Not far from there, the typical streets of the L'Horloge district will lead you to the Clock Tower, built in the 15th century on the remains of an old Gallo-Roman castrum. This is the neighbourhood of half-timbered and stone houses, mansions, Renaissance homes and Art Deco buildings. Near the tower is the house of the most famous court bailiff: Cadet Roussel!

Other sights to see are the Churches of St. Peter and St. Eusebius, and the lovely Leblanc-Duvernoy Museum of ceramics. The latter also has a fine collection of 18th-century tapestries from the Beauvais factory.

On Rue de Paris, the 18th-century Visitandines Chapel houses a large collection of polychrome woodcarvings by the artist François Brochet.

The Natural History Museum of Auxerre, meanwhile, has 140,000 natural history specimens that show the region's biodiversity in the past and present.

In an area with a strong winegrowing sector and significant gastronomic heritage, don't forget to sample a little glass of Auxerrois wine and one of the Burgundian specialities like gougère or eggs en meurette!

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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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