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  • Cathedral St. Lazare
    Cathedral St. Lazare
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  • Cathedral St. Lazare
    Cathedral St. Lazare
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  • Cathedral St. Lazare, stained glass
    Cathedral St. Lazare, stained glass
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    The old centre

    by Pieter11 Written Dec 29, 2007

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    Apart from the more famous monuments in the city of Autun, the greatest area to walk around is the area directly around the Cathedral de St. Lazare. While the big church is very impressive, all the small houses around it are maybe even interesting. All around the cathedral, at the heighest point of the hill, you see small houses that are hundreds of years of age, cobbled streets, and some very nice old details like a wooden horse-car, old staircases, red-coloured rooftops and nice old signs on the walls of the shops.

    Some nice streets to wander around are the Rue Dufraigne, the Rue aux Maréchaux, the Rue Notre-Dame and the Rue Cocand. As long as you take your time here, you are surely able to find some great picturesque spots and take some great pictures.

    The Rue de Notre Dame Right in front of the Cathedral A nice pub in front of the Cathedral A narrow alley close to the Cathedral Clear: this is a bakery
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    Temple de Janus

    by Pieter11 Written Dec 29, 2007

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    Right outside the Porte d'Arroux, at the other side of the river the Arroux, you will find the old remains of a Roman building of which the function still i not completely clear. What is clear is that it was built somewhere in the 1st century A.D. Only two walls of the 24 metres tall building still stand up, and from a distance it doesn't look spectacular at all.

    What is nice however, is the road that leads to the temple. It leads you over very small, picturesque bridges, over the river Arroux, and along the foot of the hill on which Autun is built on, with the Porte d'Arroux standing out clearly.

    Temple de Janus The bridge that leads to the temple View from the temple View from the temple
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    Porte d'Arroux

    by Pieter11 Written Dec 29, 2007

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    All around Autun you can still find the remains of the old Roman walls that surrounded the city. These wall were built in the period after the city was first built by the Romans in the 1st century. Originally it contained four citygates and 54 towers to protects the city. Today you can still see two of the original gates. The Porte d'André in the east of the centre, close to the shopping centre with the same name, and the Porte d'Arroux, in the south of Autun.

    The Porte d'Arroux still is the entrance to the city when you are coming from the south. Two lanes of the mainroad lead through the two main arches of the gate, that are topped withh another layer of smaller arches."Back in the days" the road that ended up here as called Via Agrippina. Today a less spectacular named road follows the same route: the D980.

    Porte d'Arroux Porte d'Arroux The
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    Champs de Mars

    by Pieter11 Written Dec 28, 2007

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    The centre of the city is the big square Champs de Mars. Unfortunately its main purpose is being a parkinglot for lots and lots of cars, but nevertheless it is a nice square because of the buildings that surround it.

    At the eastside of the square you'll see a huge building with impressive gates in front of it and the word "Lycée" above the entrance. This is an old lyceum which even Napoleon himself attended for a few months.

    At the southwest side of the square there is another big building which is the townhall of the city. And at the northside you can see a monument for "The children of Autun who fell for their country" during the First World War.

    Tip: at the westside of the square it is free to park your car, at the eastside you have to pay for it. Choose your favorite side...

    Townhall of Autun A butcher's car in Autun The WW I monument in Autun
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    Cathédral St-Lazare

    by Pieter11 Written Dec 28, 2007

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    In 1120 the construction was started of the impressive Cathédral de Saint Lazare. This cathedral is built at the highest point of the hilltop on which Autun is built. Its high clocktower dominates the complete city.

    The original church was purely Roman style. The interior is not much changed since then and looks very basic with heavy roman pillars and undecorated arches.

    In the 15th century however, Cardinal Rolin started a renovation that turned the exterior of the church into gothic appearance. The clocktower that was destroyed in a thunderstorm as rebuilt in this style and lots of other details were added in gothc style as well.

    Today the cathedral still is Autun's most impressive landmark and it fits perfectly in the old area that surrounds the church.

    Inside the cathedral The cathedral's clock A stained window in the cathedral The Cath��dral de St. Lazare Inside the cathedral
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    The architecture of the Autun buildings is great.

    by Waalewiener Updated Jan 19, 2004

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    This is one of the main buildings in
    Autun's main town's square ,I think it is the Town Hall but I am not sure it a beautiful
    building.Autun has a lot of history.
    We did not have al ot of time to visit here.
    Just enough for a coffee and a stroll around the town's centre.

    building in town's square.

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    CATHEDRAL OF ST. LAZARE

    by Helga67 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Cathedral of Saint-Lazare was built after 1120 in order to accommodate the pilgrims flocking to the supposed tomb of St Lazarus.
    It's one of the finest examples of the romanesque style of architecture, thanks to Gislebertus, the famous sculptor.

    Cathedral of St. Lazare
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    Another look at this beautful 12 th Century Church

    by Waalewiener Written Jan 19, 2004

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    This is beautiful to look and see these massive stone hallways and the Gotic style is so great.

    Church hallway.

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    A close up of some detailed stone work in Church.

    by Waalewiener Written Jan 19, 2004

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    Every where you look there are detailed engravings and carvings in the walls ,the ceilings the doors the windows ,evey where.

    Engraved pillars

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    This is a picture of the inside of the Cathedral.

    by Waalewiener Written Jan 19, 2004

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    This is a great view of the Church ,it is soo big and beautiful ,how did they managed building such beautiful buildings.

    Inside the Church

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    Beautiful Statues were inside this Church.

    by Waalewiener Updated Jan 19, 2004

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    There were so many Statues and wall engravings , and they all had a meaning and a story to tell.

    Statues.

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    The massive doors in the church are something else

    by Waalewiener Written Jan 19, 2004

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    This is a picture of the massive doors that were in this church , really beautiful wooden doors and the wood work was remarkable

    Wood carved doors.

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    The awsome St Lazare Cathedral in Autun.

    by Waalewiener Updated Jan 19, 2004

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    The no 1 attraction in my opinion was the beautiful Church St Lazare ,it is a church from the 12 th Century and the architecture is very beautiful.

    St Lazare Cathedral

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    A part of a French Mirage Jet Plane was in display

    by Waalewiener Written Jan 19, 2004

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    The time we were in Autun they had a display of a french Mirage Jetplane , it was interesting ,they allowed people to sit in the
    cockpit of the plane./

    French Mirage

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    CENTRE

    by Helga67 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    You can easily park in the centre of Autun. There is a big parking place. Around the square are some big buildings, pubs and restaurants.

    Autun
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