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Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Autun, a Roman Town

Autun was a walled and fortified Roman town founded in the 1st century by Emporer Augustus. It was on the Via Agrippa, the Roman road connecting Boulogne-sur-Mer (in northern France on the Atlantic coast near Calais) to Lyon (southeast of Autun). The town replaced a previous settlement at nearby Bibracte. City walls, two gates, an ancient temple and a theater remain from the Gallo-Roman times. There are many medieval buildings in the city center.

Location: France - Bourgogne-Franche-Comté - Saone-et-Loire - Autun
Autun is a small town in western Burgundy (population 15,000) on the edge of the Morvan Regional Natural Park. This is a pretty town with many things to see. There are restaurants in the square in front of Saint-Lazare and on the main square, Place du Champ-de-Mars. There is a large parking lot near the main square.

The Roman Theater is on the outskirts of the town, signed on your left as you enter on the D973 or N80. The rest of the sites can be visited on foot from the center of town.

Website: Autun Tourism

Roman Sites

These are the main Roman sites in Autun:

Roman Theater. The remains of the largest theater in Gaul (capacity 17,000) are on the eastern edge of the town.
Porte d'Arroux. One of two remaining gates in the city walls, on the northern edge of town, near the Temple of Janus.
Temple of Janus. Roman temple outside of town, on the northern edge.
Porte Saint-André. One of two remaining gates in the city walls, on the eastern edge of the town.

Other sites in Autun:

. A Romanesque cathedral built in the 12th century. The tympanum of The Last Judgment above the west portal is well preserved.
Covered Passage. A market building from 18th century was turned into this covered passage in 1848.
Rolin Museum. Roman and Medieval collections.


Roman Porte d'Arroux. Originally the Roman Porta Senonica, leading towards Via Agrippa.


Saint-Lazare. Typanum - stone carved entrance showing The Last Judgement.

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