Heritage

Ancient heritage, medieval heritage, heritage of the 19th century: Autun is full of treasures to discover!

Ancient heritage

Autun

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

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Open all year
Autun

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

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Open all year
Site accessible to people with reduced mobility. 

Mesvres

St Martin Priory

The well-preserved remains of this former priory used tu study the configuration of a monastic complex attached to Cluny from the late tenth century.

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Impasse du Prieuré in Mesvres

Latitude : 46.8601910
Longitude : 4.241779

Tel.: +33 (0)3 85 54 40 14 

Website of les Amis du Prieuré

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Visit by appointment - Open during the European Heritage Days

Autun

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

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Open all year
Autun

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

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Open all year

Autun

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

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Open all year

Autun

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

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Open all year

11th to the 15th Century heritage

Curgy

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

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Open all year

Autun

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.

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Place du Terreau, Autun

Latitude: 46.9451264
Longitude: 4.2994304

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Open all year from 8am to 7pm.

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).

From 1st to 30th of September : open between 8:00 am to 7:00 pm 

From 1st of October : open between 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Be careful ! works are planned this year in the Cathedral : 

  • To the 14th of April : Restoration works in the Transept.
  • From the 15th of April to mid-June : Dismantling of the scaffolding in the Transept
  • From the 14th of April : Installation of the scaffolding in the nave of the cathedral : The cathedral can not be accessible from this date and during 2 months ! 

Works will be continued in the nave during 18 months. No access into the nave during the summer 2018.

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: from the 1st of April, 2017 to the 11th of November 2017. 
Visiting hours: between 10:00am to 12:00pm and 2:00pm to 6:00pm - Departure every 30 minutes.
Possible tours in English and Dutch.
18 people per visit.
Closed on Mondays (open monday afternoon in July and August), Sunday mornings, the 15th of August.

Click for more information about the parish.

Autun

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

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The Ursulines Tower can be visited from mid-July to mid-August during the summer exhibition.

Anost

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" 

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Open all year

Anost

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" 

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Open all year

19th Century heritage

Autun

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

Autun

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

Autun

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

Autun

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

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Monday to Saturday: 8am - 7pm