Auxerre offers its visitors a rich architectural and historical heritage.
Visit the old town and its old districts: the district of "Marine" and the magnificent Place Saint-Nicolas, the district of "l'Horloge" and Saint-Pierre district. Strolling through streets and lanes, you will find beautiful half-timbered houses
Discover the Saint-Etienne Cathedral and Saint-Germain Abbey, monastic millennium almost intact including its crypts ninth century that have the oldest murals France.
Whether following the walking tour "Cadet Roussel" illustrious personage Auxerre, using audioguide or onboard electric shuttles, do not miss visiting Auxerre!
labelised “City of Art and History” since 1995, Auxerre open the doors of its historical and architectural heritage and propos to discover the town :
- Following a marked path to follow in the footsteps of Cadet Roussel, - With an audio guide or an application to download here, - On board the Voyageur, small electric vehicle 100% green, - With your children with a puzzles-guide Cadet'chou for kids
A crazy project...An extraordinaryadventure...A visitnot to be missed!!
In the heart of Puisaye, in Yonne, Burgundy, a team of fifty people have taken on an extraordinary feat: to build a castle using the same techniques and materials used in the Middle Ages.
The wood, stone, earth, sand and clay needed for the castle's construction are all to be found here, in this abandoned quarry. Watched by thousands of visitors, all the trades associated with castle-building - quarrymen, stonemasons, woodcutters, carpenters, blacksmiths, tile makers, basket makers, rope makers, carters and their horses - are all working together to complete the castle.
Work on the site began in 1997 and is scheduled to take 25 years to complete.
Do not miss the 20th season of "Game of Stones": the medieval worksite of Guédelon opens from March 20th!
This year, the masons will crown the first tower, the Chapel Tower, with roof timbers. The banker masons and the fixer masons will finish the stonework on the pigeon loft on the western corner tower. They will also restart construction work on the gatehouse, the main gate into the castle courtyard.
George, theguidein medieval clotheswill make youdiscover the architectureof the thirteenth centuryand hidden treasures(accesswithina defense tower)of Noyers-sur-Serein,vilageranked among the mostbeautiful in France.You can admire acollection of armorand children canbe photographed withshields andalbardes.In 2010,the guide washonored with themedalof tourism.
Durationofcircuit :1 to 2 hours. On request,evening tourwithminimum 10 people.
Reservations: By phone at03 86 82 61 75. On site:12 rue duracquetor 7bis rue desTerreaux,89310Noyerssur Serein. On the website:
Classified among the "most beautiful villages of France" Noyers is a preserved medieval city.
78 houses, aristocratic mansions of the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, bourgeois houses with wood sides or single houses of winemakers have been classified or registered as a historical monument.
Walk the cobbled streets of Noyers, discover its arcaded squares, towers defenses and the panorama from the top of the old castle is back in time and enjoy the charm of old stones and the stories they tell.
In season, the city offers cultural quality animations, musical events, festivals, concerts, artists, galleries, museums and naive folk art ...
Faced with mountains of Morvan, atop a steep hill, the Basilica of Sainte-Madeleine, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, watches majestically on the winegrowers' houses and Renaissance mansions. This masterpiece of Romanesque and restored in the nineteenth century by Viollet-le-Duc art, made of Vézelay a place of pilgrimage and a starting point to Compostela.
Tous les ans durant le solstice d’été, la Basilique Sainte Madeleine de Vézelay se pare d’un phénomène lumineux exceptionnel, « Le Chemin de lumière » : le soleil passant à travers les fenêtres sud fait apparaître un chapelet de 9 taches de lumière parfaitement aligner le long de l’axe de la nef. Ce chemin de lumière conduit irrésistiblement du narthex vers le chœur de la Basilique. On comprend alors pourquoi le «matériau principal » de la basilique est la lumière. Un phénomène extraordinaire à venir observer le 21 juin prochain. Le phénomène se déplace légèrement le 20 et le 22 juin mais reste tout aussi impressionnant.
La visite de la Maison du Visiteur permet de mieux comprendre cette symbolique de la lumière qui donne à Vézelay toute sa splendeur.
Découvrez Sens, sa cathédrale Saint-Etienne et son trésor, son palais épiscopal ou encore le jardin de l'Orangerie.
Visitez l'Abbaye de Vauluisant, fondée en 1127 par les moines de Citeaux, le Château de Vallery , le pays d'Othe ou la vallée de l'Yonne avec Villeneuve sur Yonne, petite ville médiéval qui a conservé une partie de son enceinte médiéval.
Declared World Heritage by UNESCO, Fontenay Abbey is one of the oldest Cistercian monasteries in Europe. Founded in 1118 by Saint Bernard in a marshy valley of Burgundy, Abbey crossed over eight centuries without the not change its magnificent Romanesque architecture. With the exception of the refectory was demolished, all the rooms are perfectly preserved: the church, the dormitory, the cloister, the chapter house, the cooker, the monks' room and forge.