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900 years of Saint-Lazare cathedral

In 2020, our beautiful and majestic Saint-Lazare Cathedral in Autun celebrates its 900th anniversary. On this occasion, various activities are organized during this year to celebrate this event !

900 ans cathédrale

Construction of Saint Lazare Cathedral began in 1120 at the request of Bishop Etienne de Bagé. This monument is endowed with an important Cluniac architecture on which we find Romanesque sculptures like several capitals, a very pretty tympanum, and works recognized worldwide by the artist Gislebertus.

Whether you are passing through, planning a vacation, this year is an opportunity to discover the cathedral with different events !


In March

Saturday, March 28th at 6:00 p.m. - Ambulation-concert in homage to the cathedral

From 6 p.m., a masked stroll is planned in the streets of Autun, and from 7 p.m., a musical show by students of the plastic art school and the Conservatory of the Great Autunois Morvan will be offered in the cathedral.

Photo credit: copyright OTGAM / Jean Marc Schwarz

Practical infos

  • Free participation in the cathedral

Im April

Saturday, April 4 and Sunday April 5 - Book festival with medieval theme and cathedral

Authors will be present at the fair for interviews, round tables and dedications.

Sunday April 19 at 5:00 p.m. - Concert by the choirs of Morvan 2020

“An immersion in the sounds of the masters of the 16th and 17th centuries in the great tradition of Venetian polychorality: voices and brass combined.
Salve Regina, Gaelic hymn, alternating a cappella pieces, pieces accompanied by brass instruments and pieces for brass instruments only. "
Management Pascal Baudrillard

Practical infos

  • Book festival in France, free access

  • Concert by the choirs of Morvan 2020 at the cathedral, 15 € per person

In May

Saturday May 9 at 8:30 pm - Concert "Harmonies du Nord"

"Concert dedicated to composers from the North of Europe given by the Schola, an adult choir of the Cathedral masters, which invites the Hautevoix vocal group and the string orchestra of the Grand Autunois Morvan conservatory. Colors of harmonies, beauty of polyphonies with 4, 6, 8 voices, the musical program is a true aurora borealis. A real dive into the heart of sound, in a concert where the choirs will be in motion, exploring the sounds of the enchanted vaults of the cathedral. »Direction Guillaume Labois

Saturday May 16 at 8:00 p.m. - L’Aubade Concert

During this concert, you will be able to listen to performances from a secular and sacred classical repertoire by 80 choir members from the Aubade d'Autun choir and guest choirs.

Saturday May 23 at 8:30 p.m. - Hunting horn concert

- By Les Echos de la Goulenne

Saturday May 30 at 9:00 pm - Concert "From the sunken cathedral to the resurrection"

“Concert show with soprano, American tenor morvandiau, violin, organ, piano and an actor.
Global artistic event by the association Ex Cathedra, around the theme of the resurrection, metaphor for Saint Lazarus and for the restoration of the building. "
Scenario F. Heuillard, stage direction P. Tilmont

Photo credit: copyright Autun Infos - Les chorales L’Aubade

Practical infos

  • Concerts: "Harmonies du Nord", L’Aubade, hunting horns at the cathedral - free participation

  • The concert: "From the submerged cathedral to the resurrection", at the cathedral - price: 30 € (price reduced to 20 €)


In June

Sunday June 14 at 5:00 pm - "L’Ensemble Laostic - Bourgogne"

Direction François Tainturier
"A musical walk from the 9th to the 16th centuries which illustrates the evolution of music from primitive melodies to sober or flamboyant Renaissance polyphonies. "

Sunday June 21 at 11:00 am- Televised Mass

Broadcast live on France 2.

Friday June 26 at 8:30 p.m. - Laurent Voulzy in concert

"Laurent Voulzy will be in concert, in places he knows and particularly likes: churches and cathedrals.

Accompanied by two musicians he will revisit his repertoire specially selected for the places, in resonance with the walls, the vaults and the starry sky.
It is not the first time that Laurent has performed in a religious building. The Lys & Love tour started at Saint Denis Basilica during the Saint Denis Festival and ended in London at Saint Johns Smith Square Church. "

“I go to churches a lot, especially when they are empty. They are a haven of eternity for me. Singing in a church is like getting into a spaceship that takes you to heaven. "

Photo credit: copyright appelproduction

Practical infos

  • "L’Ensemble Laostic - Bourgogne" and TV Mass at the cathedral, free participation

  • Laurent Voulzy in concert, at the cathedral. Prices: € 43 - € 41 (reduced price). Booking at the Tourist Office, info at: 03 85 86 80 38


In July

Saturday July 4 at 8:30 p.m. - La Sestina Chamber Choir

"Te deum by Marc-Antoine Chapentier.
Music for the funeral of Queen Mary by Henry Purcell. "
Direction François Bertrand

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July: Inaugural weekend of the temporary exhibition at the Rolin museum "Prince's mirror - The golden age of patronage in Autun"

Exceptional opening of the Rolin Museum at night for the 4th meeting of the Louvres in Autun! On the program: sweets from the Middle Ages during a citizen aperitif accompanied by a concert and popular outdoor dances.

Saturday July 18 and Sunday July 19: Artists and artisans of the Middle Ages

This is an opportunity to discover working techniques during the Middle Ages. How were the sculptures and the stained glass made? What were the techniques of the cabinetmakers? ... A cultural and pleasant moment to do with the family! There is even an escape game on this occasion! And in addition, several activities await you such as puppet theater, gargoyles on stilt ...
On Saturday evening, a great medieval ball.
Cathedral area, free access.

Friday, July 24 at 8:30 p.m. - Storytelling concert: "Augustine, Morvandelle nanny, a life in black, a life in pink. "

“A former nanny remembers her life. She evokes the necessities and the poverty of the Morvan which encouraged young mothers to leave their babies while they were feeding another in wealthy families.
Traditional music, active public participation, emotional moments. Musicians of the Compagnie Arpège, texts by Françoise Hédeline »

Friday July 31 at 8:30 p.m. - Tutti young talents

"Symphonic program offered by an orchestra of fifteen teenagers aged 12 to 15. »Direction François Tillerot

Practical infos

  • Concerts at the cathedral, free participation

  • Inauguration of the exhibition at the Musée Rolin, free access


In August

Wednesday August 19 at 8:30 p.m. - Quatuor l'Espièglerie

“By plains and by mountains, airs of old memory” Traditional music of Burgundy Franche-Comté (hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, clarinet, recorder, chromatic accordion, French horn): with Six Noëls for organ, Litanies by the Virgin, Way of the Cross of Rimont Abbey, Airs Bressans, Airs de Saint Claude, plays by Jean-Philippe Rameau »
Direction François Tillerot
Cathedral - Free participation

Sunday August 30 at 6:00 p.m. - Mozart's Requiem

“By the OPUS 71 Chamber Choir. Musical accompaniment: piano with 4 hands (transcription Carl Czerny).
Motet Misericordias Domini K222 Tracking »
Direction Christian Garneret

Sunday August 30 at 10:30 am - Feast of Saint Lazarus, Patron of the Cathedral.

Procession behind the reliquary of Saint Lazarus.
In July and August - Saint-Lazare: Unusual visions

You will discover Saint-Lazare Cathedral in a different way thanks to photos on large format canvas exposed outside in various places of the city. Open your eyes, you can discover small details that usually elude you! Free access.

Practical infos

  • Concert "Quatuor l'Espièglerie" - at the cathedral, free participation

  • "Mozart Requiem" concert - at the cathedral, € 15 per person - € 10 (reduced rate)


In September

Saturday September 5 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. - Concert offered by the Ginkgoia association

“Dijon-Bourgogne orchestra, with Pauline Perret on the piano.

At 11:00 a.m .: Concert at the Clos Gislebertus - Works by Franck, Chausson and Brahms
At 8:00 pm: Concert at the cathedral - Saint-Saëns concerto and symphony »

Direction Débora Waldman

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September - European Heritage Days

Take advantage of Heritage Days to (re) discover the cathedral and gain access to some of its hidden corners, which are usually not visited by the public. A chrono-thematic route linked to the patronage of the high dignitaries of Autun will be offered for those who wish.

Photo credit: copyright OPUS 71

Practical infos

  • Concert at the cathedral, prices announced later

In October

Sunday October 18 at 5:00 p.m. - Gregorian Chants

By the Ambrosinians

Photo credit: copyright OPUS 71

Practical infos

  • In the cathedral, free participation 

In November

Tuesday November 10 at 8:00 pm - Cine-concert "The passion of Joan of Arc"

A silent film by C. Drayer will be broadcast in the cathedral with live accompaniment Antoine Brun and the choir Lumina Coeli.
Direction Hugo Gutierrez.

Saturday November 28 at 8:30 p.m. - The Stentors sing Christmas

“900,000 albums sold and 7 discs awarded with numerous gold records! A pure moment of emotion and shared joy, with powerful and warm opera voices, to offer or to offer. "

Exhibition: from Tuesday November 24 to Saturday December 5 "Wood made of flutes and other instruments ..."

"Exhibition of a hundred copies of old instruments. Presentation and demonstration of the instruments by François Tainturier, who plays some forty of these instruments for schoolchildren accompanied by their teacher and for adults. "

Photo credit: copyright ©WAOU Production

Practical infos

  • Concerts at the cathedral, prices announced later

  • Exhibition at the Bussy-Rabutin Library - Free access


Once a month


At the initiative of the Eduan society, the learned Autun society, cycle of conferences on the builders of the cathedral, the evolutions of the building over the centuries or the contribution of preventive archeology to the knowledge of the Saint Cathedral -Lazare.

Practical infos

Various locations. Program edited separately.

Ancient heritage


Pierre de Couhard

Located at the top of a Gallo-Roman necropolis, the Pierre de Couhard, built in the 1st century AD, is a funerary monument.

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Couhard in Autun

Latitude: 46.940028
Latitude: 4.312953

Hours and prices

Open all year
Site accessible to people with reduced mobility. 


Porte d'Arroux

This gate dates back to the early 1st century AD; it opened to the north at the end of the Cardo Maximus (the road crosses from North to South). It has two large archways, one for vehicles and two small ones for pedestrians.

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Rue du Faubourg d'Arroux - Autun

Latitude: 46.9591489
Latitude: 4.296059

Hours and prices

Open all year

Porte Saint-André

This gate opens to the East; at the end of the Decumanus (The road crosses the city from the East to the West). Its architecture is close to that of the Porte d'Arroux, but has undergone numerous restorations and in particular to the Viollet-le-Duc.

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Rue des Fusilliers Marins - Autun

Latitude: 46.957017
Longitude: 4.306644

Hours and prices

Open all year

Roman Theatre

Built around 70 AD and located east of the ancient city, it was used for dramatic performances. With 148m in diameter, it seems to be the largest in the Roman world, and can accommodate 20,000 spectators. Built on the natural slope of the land, the theatre has a classic style with tiered seating on three semi-circular rows which are divided by the stairs. An imposing wall closes the theatre behind the scene, from an unproven height of 30 m.

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Rue de la Maladière, Autun

Latitude: 46.950545
Longitude: 4.310761

Hours and prices

Open all year
Because of the installation and performances of the Augustodunum show, you can come in the Antique Theater only by the "Passage Diviciac" from 9am to 7 pm. 


St Martin Priory

A Christian place of worship created after an antique temple. It became a monastic complex attached to Cluny in 996.

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4,impasse du Prieuré in Mesvres

Latitude : 46.860117
Longitude : 4.241157

E-mail : dominique.labonde@wanadoo.fr 

Hours and prices

Visit by appointment


Temple of Janus

The Temple of Janus is the only ruin that is still intact, located in a cultural area on the outside of the town. It's a Fanum (a temple of Gallic origin); the God that was honoured in this temple is unknown. The name Janus comes from the deformation of the name of the area "La Genetoye", the place where brooms grew.

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Rue du Faubourg Saint-Andoche - Autun

Latitude: 46.9536306
Longitude: 4.2916637

Hours and prices

Open all year

The ancient ramparts

When Augustodunum (Autun) was founded in the 1st century BC, the city has an impressive rampart (6 km) with 4 gates, two of which remain today. The part that is best preserved is situated on boulevard Mac-Mahon.

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Boulevard Mac Mahon, Autun

Latitude: 46.943207
Longitude: 4.297792

Hours and prices

Open all year

11th to the 15th Century heritage


Le Prieuré du Val Saint-Benoit

Construit en 1236 par Gauthier de Sully following a vow to the Virgin Mary, the priory knows two centuries of monastic fervor before being abandoned. Since 1982, the church has been completely restored as well as the chapel of Les Loges.
Nearby is the cloister of about fifteen hermitages for the nuns.

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Le Val Saint-Benoit in Epinac

Latitude : 46.969394
Longitude : 4.465013

Hours and prices

Free access all year


Les Gisants

Dating back to the 13th century, they represent Jehan de Roussillon and his wife Isabeau. It's been classified as a Historical Monument since 1903.

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Anost Church

Latitude: 47.077697
Longitude: 4.098963

Consult the Anost website 
The village of Anost is classified "Station Verte" 

Hours and prices

Open all year


Saint Ferreol Church

The church dates back to the 11th century and the Bell Tower from the 12th century. It is a building with three naves that end at the chapels. The simplicity of the decor evokes the Roman character of the architecture. Inside there is a magnificent fresco representing Christ in his all majesty (1120). It has been classified a Historical Monument since 1897 thanks to Jacques-Gabriel Bulliot.

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Le Bourg, Curgy

Latitude 46.986733
Longitude: 4.385919

Hours and prices

Open all year


Saint-Lazare Cathedral

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Dominated by a high stone spire of the fifteenth century, it remains one of the major Clunisian works of art, built between 1120 and 1130. The Tympanum of the «Last Judgment", biblical scenes on capitals, the famous "Temptation of Eve" (exhibited at the Rolin museum), were carved by Gislebertus.
The interior renovation of the cathedral is completed. Since the beginning of August, you can discover all the Nave and the Tansept.

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Place du Terreau, Autun

Latitude: 46.9451264
Longitude: 4.2994304

Hours and prices

Open all year from 9 am to 6 pm.

In July and August, "Les Amis de la Cathédrale" welcome you from Monday to Saturday in July and in August from 10.30am to 5pm.
From 1 July to 31 August from 21h to 23h , " Cathédrale en Lumière " : free visit of the Saint-Lazare Cathedral musical background with lighting highlighting the architectural elements (except evening Nocturnes and concerts).

In July and August open between 8:00 am to 7:00 pm 

From 1st of October : open between 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Site accessible to disabled persons, inquire upstream to the Tourist Office. 

Visit the "salle capitulaire"  of the cathedral:
Prices : €2 / adult - free for children under 12 years old - €1.50 / personn for group (more than 10 people)

Opening times: Currently closed

  • From Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm
  • Sunday from 2 pm to 6 pm
  • Departure every 30 minutes.
  • Possible tours in English and Dutch.
  • 18 people per visit.
  • Closed on Sunday morning, Monday, and the 15th of August.

Click for more information about the parish.


The Ursulines Tower

This is the only remaining element of the medieval fortress of Riveau. It was built on Gallo-Roman foundations and integrated into the rampart. This site became the property of the Ursuline nuns in 1647. They were expelled during the Revolution. In the 19th century, the Visitandines (Sisters of the visitation) put up the statue of the Virgin. The tower is now owned by a Japanese artist.

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Boulevard Mac Mahon, Autun

Latitude: 46.9451264
Longitude: 4.2994304

Hours and prices

No opening to the public in 2019


Velée Chapel

The chapel dates back to the 11th century. In the interior different decors have been preserved and listed in the inventory of Historic Monuments and the wall murals were designed and produced using the Byzantine technique "a fresco" by the monk Dom Angelico Surchamps in 1966-1967.  

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A place known as Velée - Anost

Latitude: 47.054974
Longitude: 4.103826

Visit the Anost website
The village of Anost is classified "Station Verte" 

Hours and prices

Open all year

19th Century heritage


City Hall

The current city hall of Autun was constructed in several stages. In 1832, an edifice was built consisting of a ground floor, a first floor and an attic. At the end of the 19th century, a second floor was added which gave it, its' final form. The halls of the first floor are still used on Wednesdays and Fridays for the markets.

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27 place du Champ de Mars - Autun

Latitude: 46.950832
Longitude: 4.299048


Municipal theatre

Located next to the Town Hall, the theatre dates back to the end of the 19th century. This little «Italian" theatre remains the venue for Autun's cultural seasons. The room, a harmony of red and gold is decorated with trompe l'oeil paintings and title blocks with the names of the authors and composers. The theatre is not open to visitors.

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27 place du Champ de Mars – Autun

Latitude: 46.950832
Longitude: 4.299048


The Balthus passage (covered walkway)

This was built in the mid-nineteenth century, in the place of the market fair which had become unhealthy. It has kept its neo-renaissance decor and its original glass roof.

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9 Rue du Général Demetz - Autun

Latitude: 46.949134
Longitude: 4.298166

Hours and prices

Monday to Saturday: 8am - 7pm


The Panoptique prison

The prison of Autun was built in 1854 with the plans drawn up by the architect, André Berthier. This is one of the first prisons in France to adopt cellular detention. It combines with a circular plan. In the centre there is a cylindrical space where the chapel stood and this is surmounted by a glass dome. The cells are spread out on three levels which allows for easy surveillance. Outside of the prison, the rectangular building contained the courts administration office and the wardens housing. The prison has been abandoned since 1955. At present, it is closed to visitors due to renovations, which are part of the expansion project for the Rolin museum.

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2 bis Place Saint-Louis - Autun

Latitude: 46.945539
Longitude: 4.299272