Auxerre attractions

Abbey in Auxerre

Abbaye St-Germain

This ancient abbey with its dramatic flying buttresses began as a basilica above the tomb of St Germain, the 5th-century bishop who made Auxerre an important Christian centre. By medieval times it was attracting pil…
Tower in Auxerre

Tour de l'Horloge

In the heart of Auxerre's partly medieval commercial precinct, the golden, spire-topped Tour de l'Horloge was built in 1483 as part of the city's fortifications. On the beautiful 17th-century clock faces (there's on…
Cathedral in Auxerre

Cathédrale St-Étienne

This vast Gothic cathedral and its stately 68m-high bell tower dominate Auxerre's skyline. The choir, ambulatory and some of the vivid stained-glass windows date from the 1200s. The 11th-century Romanesque crypt is …
Tower in Auxerre

Tour des Prisons

The striking late-15th-century Tour des Prisons is the lone remaining tower from the original stone fortifications surrounding Auxerre's medieval Abbaye St-Germain. It can be viewed from the outside only.
Landmark in Auxerre

Hôtel de Ville

Flanked by colourful half-timbered buildings, Auxerre's town hall forms the centrepiece of the medieval centre's most attractive square.
Church in Auxerre

Église St-Pierre

Marked by Gothic architectural elements, this church between the river and the medieval centre is a prominent Auxerre landmark.
Church in Auxerre

Église St-Eusèbe

Presided over by a 12th-century bell tower, this church is a convenient landmark in Auxerre's medieval centre.