Hotel Du Cygne
14 rue du 24 Aout, Auxerre, Burgundy, 89000, France
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The Cloister and Belfry Spire
Christ Image at Far End
16C Lancet below Transept Rose
Travel Tips for Auxerre
Chateau de Prunoy (Not Open Anymore?)
It was 15 years ago that we spent two weeks driving around Burgundy. A tour agent located a fine chateau experience for us in the Chateau de Prunoy outside of Charny about 45 km from Auxerre. We spent three nights there (including breakfasts and dinners) in total (3* price) opulence. From that base we spent a day on the upper Loire (St.-Benoit, Germigny and Sully) and a day in Auxerre, with a stop at La Ferte-Loupiere. It was an easy return from there by the A6 to Paris. Unfortunately when we tried to locate the Prunoy again (2008) we found only dire Google references to the fact that the directress is no longer able to run things and gives dishonored reservations to callers. As you can see from our pictures, it was idyllic. Maybe the eventual heirs of this immense estate (200acres) will retain and establish it again. But for now BEWARE!! This diamond cannot be mined. This is the only chateau that has disappeared from the ones we stayed at over the years of traveling in France. Luckily the others are all affiliated with reputable ongoing associations which issue “guaranteed “ reservations and many have table d’hote dinners.
lovely Place du Coche d'eau
The Tourist Information Centre 'Follow the Thread of History in Auxerre' walking map says that this place or square is one of the loveliest in the Marine area - its down near the river and where all the bargemen and assistances lived and worked.
The passenger barge landing stage was just near here in front of Saint Nicolas Place, and transported travellers and goods from here to Paris several times a week.
This apparently also often included the young Napoleon Bonaparte on his way from Brienne to Paris and again years later during his attempt to return from exile.
I thought this spot was particularly scenic and photogenic with lovely timbered houses and a water well with colorful flowers all below the also picturesque Saint German Abbey.
The large house in the mid of the photo is a beautiful residence characteristic of old time river warehouses with the lower half, or ground floor, in stone for the storehouse and timber frame for the apartment levels.
Saint Germain Abbey
St Germain Abbey, up on the hill above St Nicolas Place and the Marine neighbourhood, has apparently held the remains since the 5th century of Saint Germain who died in Ravenna in 448.
Archeological work has only reached back to the 6th century construction but apparently the Carthingian crypts built between 841 and 859 are regarded as examples of some of Europe's most beautiful! - these are accessible by guided tour but unfortunately the place was closed when I was there!
The abbey church was reconstructed in the 11th century with the facade and Saint Jean tower completed in the 12th century. New monastic buildings were constructed at this time with the monks hall,( of the Benedictines order?), chapter house and sacristy which still exist, completed in the 13th century. The cloister, sleeping quarters and refectory were reconstructed in the 17th century.
The old conventual buildings now contain Auxerre's Museum of art and history with prehistoric, Gallo-Roman and medieval collections on display and temporary exhibitions held through the year.
Renaissance Hotel de Crole
This lovely 16th century mansion seen along the road Rue de Paris is a good example of civil Renaissance architecture in the Auxerre region.
The facade is embellished with bays, fluted pilasters and extravagantly decorated dormer windows can be seen.
Not long before the Revolution this was the residence of Count Joseph Magnus de Sparre - colonel of the Royal Swedish Regiment in Versailles.
Still More Gothic Churches
"Do Not Miss the Cathedral"
"Our Last Stop in Bourgogne"
Auxerre is a modest French city (pop. 41K) with significant old churches, an old town and a river side siting. It is like many other French cities in this respect, resembling to us larger places like Le Mans or Rouen. It was our last stop on a two week traversal of Burgundy and we spent a whole day there. We were most interested in the ambiance and the churches.
"The Main Site"
The most important site in Auxerre is the Cathedral of St. Stephen (13-15C) which is a fine example of Flamboyant Gothic style.
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