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Architectural Building
Famous for its Cluniac monk inspiration and Romanesque sculptures by Gislebertus, Cathedrale St-Lazare highlights Romanesque art as the seat
Art Museum
Musee Rolin , Autun
The vast collection at Musee Rolin is divided into four departments, including archeology, history, medieval arts, and fine arts. View the da
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Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Welcome to Fontenay Abbey. A !2th Century Burgundy Heritage Abbey!Come and admire the beauty and purity of architecture unspoiled for 900 years, and enjoy the quiet of a place designed for spirituality.
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World heritage site · Garden
Abbaye de Fontenay , Montbard
One of the oldest and most completely intact Cistercian abbeys in Europe, Abbaye de Fontenay was built in 1118 with a mixture of Romanesque a
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Temple de Janus , Autun
The "Temple of Janus" is a Romano-Celtic religious structure located in Autun, Saône-et-Loire, France, to the North-West of the ancient city


Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Theaters
Autun is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in eastern France. It was founded during the Principate era of the early Roman Empire by Emperor Augustus as Augustodunum to give a Roman capital to the Gallic people Aedui, who had Bibracte as their political centre. In Roman times the city may have been home to 30,000 to 100,000 people, according to different estimates.Early historyAugustodunum was founded during the reign of the first Roman emperor, Augustus, after whom it was named. It was the civitas "tribal capital" of the Aedui, Continental Celts who had been allies and "brothers" (fratres) of Rome since before Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars. Augustodunum was a planned foundation replacing the original oppidum Bibracte, located some 25km away. Several elements of Roman architecture such as walls, gates, and a Roman theater are still visible in the town.In 356, a force of Alemanni brought the siege of Autun. The disrepair of the walls left the city in danger of falling. Autun was saved by the arrival of the Emperor Julian in one of his early military successes. Plan your tour of Autun and France travel itinerary using our France trip planner.

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