Autun Travel Guide

  • From the cathedral to the town
    From the cathedral to the town
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  • Cathedral St. Lazare
    Cathedral St. Lazare
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  • Cathedral St. Lazare
    Cathedral St. Lazare
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Autun Things to Do

  • Visit the cathedral St. Lazare

    We've visited the cathedral in sun and rain and believe me, sun is preferable. The stained glass windows are wonderful on a sunny day. They impress on a dark day, but you really don't get the full effect.Click on the photo to get more pictures. There is stained glass and the two magic statues inside that fix this particular cathedral in your mind...

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  • Cathedral St.-Lazare: The West Front...

    It requires a detailed guide to find all of the original capitals still on the cathedral or to recognize any additions or copies, let alone hw to interpret them.Such a document is for sale. There are 6 capitals supporting the great tympanum of the West Facade that are from Gislebertus, 3 on each side above carved columns. The carving of columns is...

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  • Cathedral St.-Lazare: A Jesse Window & A...

    There are other items of interest in the church besides the marvellous capitals. A Chapel half-way down the North side contains a 16C stained glass window of the Tree of Jesse. Almost all of the glass in the cathedral is relatively new but this window is said to be 16C and is quite vivid. Also in the apsidial chapel on the northeast end is a marble...

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  • Look At the St. Lazarus' Fountain

    This large structure is located just to the North of the Cathedral in a square. It is quite tall (and we did not have a wide angle lens). There is a complete picture of it in a Things Tip by Pieter11 (#2 of his set) entitled "The Old Center". The fountain was built in 1543. It has two domes and the columns have the classical orders. There is a...

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  • Musee Rolin: The 15C Sculpture

    The old mansion is approached through an interior courtyard and besides the exhibits, the rooms maintain many of their period appointments: doorways and mantels. They have collected several fine 15C sculptures and paintings and modern works too to supplement the Gislebertus and associates treasures. We saw a fine Deposition, a John the Baptist and...

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  • Musee Rolin: The 15C Sculpture

    The old mansion is approached through an interior courtyard and besides the exhibits, the rooms maintain many of their period appointments: doorways and mantels. They have collected several fine 15C sculptures and paintings and modern works too to supplement the Gislebertus and associates treasures. We saw a fine Deposition, a John the Baptist and...

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  • See St. Andrew's Gate

    This gate is one of two that still remain as part of the Gallo-Roman walls of ancient Augustodunum. Fragments of the walls alsosurvive. It has two large arches for vehicles and two smaller ones for pedestrians. The top level is an arcaded gallery with 10 arches bearing Ionic pilasters.

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  • Study the Capitals Inside the Cathedral

    The Cathedral of Autun houses more than 65 figurated capitals created by Gislebertus and his assistants from about 1125-45 (50 years after they first began to be made at Moissac and Toulouse). There are a few others on the outside doors. In the Chapter House, reached from inside the church, are about a dozen capitals that were removed from the apse...

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  • Musee Rolin: More Gislebertus (&...

    A number of works from the talented Gislebertus have been destroyed by the prelates of Autun who found them immoral or not to their tastes. In 1766 a contractor was hired to demolish the North Portal which had a tympanum and associated figures on the Resurrection of Lazarus. The stone was reutilized in nearby new construction and recent remodeling...

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  • Spend Time in the Musee Rolin

    The city of Autun was lucky to have the Rolin mansion in which to house its artistic treasures. They range from pieces found in the excavations of its Roman antiquities to the works by Gislebertus and others recovered from the depredations of the prudish churchmen of yore. To this have been added the works commissioned or purchased by its residents...

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  • Musee Rolin: The Gallo-Roman Finds

    In the annex building on the ground floor are a number of interesting and attractive Gallo-Roman finds unearthed in the locality. These range from the fine Chieftan's ceremonial helmet with foliated ear guards, to rough bas-reliefs like the Boatman's pillar at the Cluny; there were well-worked colored mosaics, statuettes of various cults and a...

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  • Find the Relics of St. Lazarus & The...

    There once was an elaborated tomb to St. Lazarus and a place to demonstrate his Relics behind the altar.In a remodeling the chancel in 1766, it was decided to destroy the tomb because the Pilgrimage years were long over. The tomb was the work of Brother Martin, a monk who learned his craft with Gislebertus. The statues were of the period around...

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  • Examine Gislebertus' Great Cathedral...

    This tympanum is one of the Last Judgment. It is unlike others of the century in the limberness of the figures and the overlap of the figures between panels suggesting that it was carved in situ and not of preworked blocks that are assembled. There were originally three surrounding arcades . The one that is still totally original i contains a...

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  • Enter the Cathedral

    The church is very tall and narrow but has wide and tall aisles. This is similar to what will be perfected at Cluny itself. The triforium is blind but has an interesting arcade pattern. The clerestory windows are small and the church is dark. The height is achieved by massive fluted columns. The vaulting was added in the 13C, replacing a wooden...

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  • See the Outside of the Cathedral of...

    The building of the church of St. Lazare commenced about 1125 and finished by 1146. It was built to house the relics of the saint and was expected to be an attraction to pilgrim’s starting their journey at Vezelay(which was being rebuilt at the same period). It is a Romanesque Cluniac Benedictine basilica but has been greatly altered over the...

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  • The old centre

    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...

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  • Temple de Janus

    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...

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  • Porte d'Arroux

    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...

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  • Champs de Mars

    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....

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  • Cathédral St-Lazare

    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...

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  • Another look at this beautful 12 th...

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

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  • A close up of some detailed stone work...

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

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  • This is a picture of the inside of the...

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

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  • Beautiful Statues were inside this...

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

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Autun Restaurants

  • Not much inspiration

    Walking in on a Saturday night, we immediately wondered whether we had chosen the right place, as the dining room was only about one-third full (and so it would remain throughout the evening). The décor was amusing to me—very hospitality-industrial: soft colors, a kind of bizarre faux-contemporary Christian element with altars embedded in the wall,...

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  • LE PETIT BANC

    It's a cosy little restaurant, situated in the old remains of the wall around the city. It's an excellent place for a quick lunch. They serve pizza, big salades, meal pancakes and sweet pancakes. See photo:Pizza Capriciosa (cheese, goat cheese and basil) € 8,00Galettes-repas à la farine de sarrazin (meal pancakes covered with different...

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Autun Local Customs

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    by hquittner Updated Nov 1, 2008

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    The St. Bartholomew Day Massacres went on all over France and over 3,000 persons were killed. The riots occurred in Autun as elsewhere. Pierre Jeannin and his wife helped save a great many of them. Later he became a revered statesman for his community. This is why their tombs and statues appear in the Cathedral near the entrance to the Chapter House.

    The Jeannins
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Autun Warnings and Dangers

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    by hquittner Written Nov 6, 2008

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    While visiting the Porte St.-Andre there was a belvedere with a view to the North with the Morvan in the distance. Rearing up just beyond town were two dark hillocks that were puzzling, until we found out what they were. They are two immense slag-heaps that result from the "mining" of the tar sands in that locality before the 20C. With the technology of oil well drilling in its infancy, oil shale and other bituminous materials were harvested for petroleum associated materials and these are the residues, over a century old. The mines closed when petroleum became plentiful. Immense mineral deposits of this type are present in both the US and Canada (Athabaska) and vast sums are being spent trying to make it profitable, but the slag will always remain as a by-product. This is a monument to man's ignorance and greed.

    Slag-heaps at the edge of town
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  • #1 Most Impressive Woman in Art (My...

    The Rolin Museum contains much of interest. Among the items is a deeply cut bas-relief originally above a doorway in the Cathedral. During my 15+ years of European travel, I began to enjoy the evolution of Western Art. I saw that one of the obsessions oe artists has been the human form, most particularly the female. So I decided to rank the women I...

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  • Th wooden doors in this church look...

    Look at the details of these doors the wood carvings are really something.What a craftmanship. The St Lazare Cathedral in the centre of Autun

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  • Beautiful stained glass windows also in...

    There are few churches that do not have stained glass windows ,and this church certainly has beautiful stained glasswindows. The St Lazare Cathedral in the centre of Autun

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