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Auxerre, Cathedral and Abbey by Yonne riverfront
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Location of Auxerre
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Coordinates: 47°47′55″N3°34′02″E / 47.7986°N 3.5672°E / 47.7986; 3.5672 Coordinates: 47°47′55″N3°34′02″E / 47.7986°N 3.5672°E / 47.7986; 3.5672
Country France
Region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Department Yonne
Arrondissement Auxerre
Canton Auxerre-1, Auxerre-2, Auxerre-3, Auxerre-4
Intercommunality CA Auxerrois
  Mayor (2014–2020) Guy Ferez
49.95 km2 (19.29 sq mi)
 (2017-01-01) [1]
  Density690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
89024 /89000
Elevation93–217 m (305–712 ft)
(avg. 102 m or 335 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Auxerre ( /ˈsɛər/ oh-SAIR, [2] French:  [osɛʁ] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen )) is the capital of the Yonne department and the fourth-largest city in Burgundy. Auxerre's population today is about 35,000; [3] the metropolitan area comprises roughly 92,000 inhabitants.[ citation needed ] Residents of Auxerre are referred to as Auxerrois.


Auxerre is a commercial and industrial centre, with industries including food production, woodworking and batteries. It is also noted for its production of Burgundy wine, including world-famous Chablis. In 1995 Auxerre was named "Town of Art and History". [4] [ circular reference ]


Place Charles Lepere seen from rue du Temple Auxerre old slide.jpg
Place Charles Lepère seen from rue du Temple

Auxerre was a flourishing Gallo-Roman centre, then called Autissiodorum, through which passed one of the main roads of the area, the Via Agrippa (1st century AD) which crossed the Yonne (Gallo-Roman Icauna) here. In the third century it became the seat of a bishop [5] and a provincial capital of the Roman Empire. In the 5th century it received a cathedral. In the late 11th-early 12th century the existing communities were included inside a new line of walls built by the feudal counts of Auxerre.

Bourgeois activities accompanied the traditional land and wine cultivations starting from the twelfth century, and Auxerre developed into a commune with a Town Hall of its own. The Burgundian city, which became part of France under King Louis XI, suffered during the Hundred Years' War and the Wars of Religion. In 1567 it was captured by the Huguenots, and many of the Catholic edifices were damaged. The medieval ramparts were demolished in the 18th century.

In the 19th century numerous heavy infrastructures were built, including a railway station, a psychiatric hospital and the courts, and new quarters were developed on the right bank of the Yonne.

Up until the early 20th century, Auxerre was one of the most prosperous cities in the departement. But the local authorities of that period refused the railway that was subsequently set in the then village of Migennes, and signed the economic decline of the town. [ citation needed ]


Climate data for Auxerre (1981–2010)
Record high °C (°F)16.8
Average high °C (°F)6.3
Daily mean °C (°F)3.6
Average low °C (°F)0.8
Record low °C (°F)−20.2
Average precipitation mm (inches)56.3
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm)11.29.610.69.911.
Average relative humidity (%)87827772767471737885878879.2
Mean monthly sunshine hours 61.789.2135.2173.9198.0213.9245.2229.6177.2121.270.153.31,768.5
Source 1: Meteo climat [6] [7]
Source 2: (humidity, 1961–1990) [8]

Main sights

A view of Auxerre's old town with Saint-Germain Abbey in the background. Auxerre 003.JPG
A view of Auxerre's old town with Saint-Germain Abbey in the background.
Church of St. Pierre en Vallee, listed as monument. Auxerre - Saint Pierre Church.jpg
Church of St. Pierre en Vallée, listed as monument.

Notable people


Famous regional wines

The whole region of Burgundy produces over 200 million bottles per year.

International relations

Twin towns and sister cities

Auxerre is twinned with:

See also

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