Walk in Autun in the center of Burgundy

Walk in Autun, ancient Gallo-Roman and medieval city in the heart of Burgundy

Walk in Autun, a small city in the center of Burgundy, at the gates of the Morvan. Founded by the Romans, the city was called Augustodunum (the fortress of Augustus). The vestiges of the Roman period mark out the course. Important center of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages, Autun shelters a medieval city around the cathedral Saint-Lazare.

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Duration: 4 h.

Tympanum of the cathedral

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 Tympanum of the cathedral
The tympanum of the cathedral represents a scene of the Last Judgment. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Lazarus (one of the first bishops of Marseille in the 5th century).

Cathedral Square

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Cathedral Square
You can find many restaurants around the cathedral square.

Saint-Lazare Cathedral

Saint-Lazare Cathedral
The construction of the cathedral dedicated to Saint Lazarus began around 1120, and was completed around 1146 - 1147. The cathedral was to attract the pilgrims of Compostelle leaving from Vézelay to the city.

Circuit of the ramparts

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Circuit of the ramparts
You can walk through the remains of the Roman wall. Of the initial 6 km long enclosure, only a few traces remain around the cathedral. The base of the ramparts is Gallo-Roman and completed by the remains of a medieval citadel.

The Ursuline Tower

The Ursuline Tower
The tower of the Ursulines is in fact a keep. It is the last vestige of a citadel dismantled around 1600. Donated to the Ursuline sisters, it is now the International Cultural Center of the Ursuline Tower.

Place du Champ de Mars

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Place du Champ de Mars
Around the square are the town hall and the town theater.

Military High School

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Military High School
Passing in front of the military high school.

Roman Theatre

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Roman Theatre
The Roman theater built under the emperor Augustus could accommodate up to 20,000 people.

Valley water body

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Valley water body
Passing in front of the water of the valley.

Saint Andrew's Gate

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Saint Andrew's Gate
The Saint-André gate was part of the Roman enclosure.

Arroux Gate

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Arroux Gate
The Arroux gate was part of the Roman enclosure.

Temple of Janus

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Temple of Janus
The temple called "Janus" is located outside the ramparts. Only 2 sections remain. It is not known precisely to which divinity this temple was dedicated.
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