Auxerre Travel Guide

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Auxerre Things to Do

  • See the Art Museum and Bell-Tower at St....

    A 12C Romanesque belfry is situated to the West of the other religious buildins at St. Germanus. The space results from the destruction of the nave of the desanctified church. Other conventual buildings of the Abbey centered around the remnants of the cloister: a sacristy, chapter house and cellars are today and Art and History Museum. The belfry...

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  • Walk to the Abbey Church of St....

    St. Germanus is the ancient religious center of Auxerre. It was a Benedictine Abbey in the 6C. Remains odf a later Carolingian two-level crypt lie beneath the later 13 & 15C Gothic church. We visited the crypt but could not take pictures of the frescos. The church fabric consists of a Lady Chapel a crossing and South transept and a little more. A...

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  • Do Not Miss the Crypt of the Cathedral

    The crypt is the only remnant from the previous Romanesque church and has massive groined vault construction tha t supprots the base of the magnificent Gothic choir. In the crypt are spectacular frescos of the 11 and 13C. One is of Christ and 4 Angels on white horses (my good copy was destroyed in a hurricane) and the later one of Christ in Majesty...

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  • Visit the Cathedral Treasury

    The treasury of Auxerre cathedral is particularly rich in antique fine arts: enameled reliquary caskets as early as the 12C, and equally old portable polyptych altars. There are old hand scribed music books and early printed and hand painted ones as well (early 1500's). If it open be sure to visit and help support the church. You will enjoy the...

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  • Study the Cathedral's Stained Glass

    The stained glass windows of Auxerre range from 13C medallion style in the choir area, with vivid reds and blues, to 16C lancets below the transept Rose windows. The early works reproduce such items as the story of David and Goliath, the Tree of Jesse lives of Saints (eg. Mammes). The oldest are of the Chartres type and worth a study of the detail.

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  • More Sculpture Is Inside the Cathedral

    The sculpture inside of the cathedral is decorative, but is variably realistic or even licentious under the consoles in the South transept. In other places they are mascarones that are symbolic, fanciful or historical. All are of high quality and unusual in such profusion. Not to be missed.

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  • Look At the Transepts and Crossing

    The transepts , their Rose windows and the crossing were added in the mid-16C. The tympanum of the South Door is devoted to the stoning of St. Stephen while the north tympanum displays the Life of St. Germanus.

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  • Enter the Cathedral

    This is Flamboyant verticality at its acme (although only 99 feet high). The fine limestone used at Auxerre allowed forthe elimination of capitals on the vertical columns so that they could run unimpeded into the vaulting. (The buttresses are internal). This is accompanied by a triforium that is delicate tracery. The clerestory windows copy those...

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  • Then the South Portal-West Facade

    The tympanum and lintel are intact here. The story is of the early active years of John and Jesus and its three levels includes the baptism and other events. On the flank bases are the story of David and Bathsheba somewhat damaged but showing skill at limning the human figures. In the border above are statuettes of the Seven Liberal Arts and...

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  • The North Door of the W. Facade Is Next

    The tympanum is gone but the lintel shows the Coronation of Our Lady. The recessed arches depict scenes from her life (hard to decipher). On the bases of the arms of the doorway are medallions with scenes from Genesis carved in fine relief. On the right the creation of Adam and Eve and on the left their banishment and scenes of Noah's Ark. These...

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  • Examine the West Facade of St. Stephen's...

    In 1217 it was decided to demolish the Romanesque church and build a cathedral in the new modern French style. The choir was the first part built (1234) over the retained ancient crypt. Apparently the old nave remained until the early 14C, but then was replaced with a daring new interior and a Flamboyant Gothic Facade of 4 arcaded stories with...

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  • The Natural History Museum

    This is a small Museum, housed in an old Chateaux , it's more of an educational museum mainly for children as it has various "hands on " exhibitions. There is a permanent collection of fossils and minerals. At present there is a Polar exhibition showing polar exploration and animals that live in the polar region.The museum is all in French, they do...

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  • Francois Brochets House

    The house of the Francois Brochet the wood sculptor, is open to the public and free of charge.There are a couple of rooms showing his art work as well as his colourful figures.It isn't a large exhibition, but if you are interested in his work it's worth a visit.

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  • The Visitandines Chapel

    This pretty little chapel houses a collection of colourful wood sculptures. They are all done by a local artist named Francois Brochet. You can also spot some of his work dotted around the town. They are brightly coloured and certainly put a smile on your face.Entrance is free, and it's open July - September.

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  • St Etienne Cathedral

    This Gothic style cathedral dates back to the 13th century. It has some beautiful stained glass windows, these are reputed to be some of the best preserved windows in France.The crypt is worth a visit, it has a very an unusual mural on the wall.Entrance is free, apart from the crypt (€3).Just beware of the beggars that stand at the door.

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  • Cathedral Saint Etienne

    The gothic cathedral is known for the beautiful stained glasses, the Christ on the horse paint,and the treasure in the XI th crypts

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  • down at the river Yonne

    The main tourist office is down here at the river and starts its walking tour here - here it recommends too to get the best panoramic vantage point of the town ie in their opinion to admire 'one of Frances most beautiful panoramas'! (and the town's not even mentioned in my travel bible, the Lonely Planet!)But anyway where ever you start the walking...

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  • the Count's Palace and Place...

    In behind the Clock tower and the Town Hall is the square, which looks more like a big parking lot, is a building covered in medallions of local celebrities. This building was once a Count's palace and then Auxerre's bailwick and presidial seat were held here until the Revolution. It then became the law courts in the 19th century.In 1869 the museum...

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  • another one of Auxerre's loveliest...

    The Town Hall's Square - Place de l'Hotel de Ville - called this in every french town i visited? - is a lovely square surrounded with interesting timbered buildings.You can see the 15th century clock and bell tower from here and theres Marie Noels statue along with some interesting hanging shop signs! Apart from the elegant looking Town Hall built...

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  • look out for medieval streets

    Following the 'Follow the Thread of History in Auxerre' walking tour you get to see a significant number of historical sights with the accompanying information - but keep your eyes open along the way for pretty and interesting streets along the way in between those sights pointed out to you.I found it a really interesting and photogenic town to...

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  • the covered passageway 'Passage...

    The walking tour guide calls this a fine building of shops - it is certainly has a rather attractive facade to it - a neo-Renaissance stone facade built by architect George Roux in 1869.this is apparently one of Burgundy's rare covered passageways! (along with that of Autun)

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Auxerre Restaurants

  • Seafood and Bistro

    What can I say about this great little restaurant, well, we visited twice, mainly because we were made to feel very welcome, the ambiance was just right, and, the meal was excellent.Our first meal was in the evening, our second one was a Sunday lunch time. The meal was very relaxed and took 3 hours to get through, there was no better way to spend a...

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  • Alsacian

    This is a big platter of Fruits de Mer. One of my favourite dishes anywhere in France but preferably on the coast.

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Auxerre Transportation

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    by ATLC Written May 5, 2003

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    On three occassions I found that parking along the Quai de la République or Quai de la Marine which is the same street (along the river Yonne) was easiest. Free and the tourist office is on the corner of Rue Lebeuf.

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Auxerre Shopping

  • Knives and kitchenware

    The shop window is delightful. Lovely kitchenware and quality knives. But when you go inside it's even better. A shop crammed with goods. Nothing fancy and rather small. But they have the most wonderful stuff. Madame et Monsieur know everything about what ever they sell.Laguiole is not a brand so you need to watch out for bad quality (as in buying...

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  • Buy bubbly

    Everyone knows champagne. It's usually a rare treat.But outside the Champagne region, very fine bubblies are made too. Exactly the same process, and the same grapes (Chardonnay) but not allowed to be called champagne.So it is called crémant.For instance Crémant de Bourgogne or d'Alsace.I get my lovely Crémant by the box full at a cave near Auxerre...

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Auxerre Off The Beaten Path

  • 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,...

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  • look up!

    this is a picture to show you how are the top of old houses and overall what type of botanic culture is well developped in France! ;-p

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  • ESCOLIVES SAINTE-CAMILLE

    The village of Escolives, 10 kms south of Auxerre, is where we stayed during our visit in June 2002. It has a beautiful roman church and an archeological site.

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Auxerre Favorites

  • Wander the Old Town

    The old town of Auxerre has much that is similar to Rouen: old churches and a cathedral, a 16C Horloge and bell-tower, many half-timbered houses. But atypically one also encounters quaint modern polychromed statuary of famous townfolk by Francois Brochet such as the poetess Marie Rouget (Marie Noel). Its ambience

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  • Clock Tower and Marie Noel.

    There are many different and rather funny statues in the centre. The statue of an old lady will surprise you (look the picture - the right side). This familiar image recalls one of the most important French poetesses of the 20th century: Marie Noel. She was from Auxerre region and, in solitude, she lived a very touching, internal adventure, which...

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  • The centre

    Go up towards the town. Take the time to walk around and discover it. The town centre is superb, especially around the Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) and the 15th century Clock Tower. Here you can meet the "auxerrois". Their love of wine and taste for big style trading have given rise to a subtle, shrewd and pleasant spirit.

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