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Cathedrale St-Lazare
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Autun
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Chicago, Illinois
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

Wonderful carvings and architecture. A 12th centurey romanesque church. The town around the church is very old and interesting.

Visited September 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Huge Cathedral”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Set high up on the hill of Autun and in the centre of town is the Cathedral, closely surrounded by houses, businesses and restaurants. Our first experience was to witness a funeral of obviously a major figure in the town, everyone stood up outside. After the service was completed and the funeral party departed, others could go into the Cathedral, and it was amazing, we sat quietly and just took it all in. Well worth a stop and look inside.

Visited October 2012
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oxford
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“Stunning yet tranquil”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

Perched high in the winding medieval streets, you know that this is going to be something special before you enter. The cool and tranquillity hits you immediately; the soaring arches and pale stone were aided by quiet background organ music, which really set the atmosphere.
Every column has a carved capitol showing a bible scene - great fun to work out what's what - and the tympanium is spectacular. Details of both are on helpful leaflets in several languages.
Outside there are several excellent (and not too pricey) restaurants, with a cobbled square & fountain. There is also a tiny public car park right by the cathedral - difficult to find as not signed, but shady and free!
Away from the cathedral, the Roman relics are Ok but not worth a long trek - I recommend the Petit Train ride for these.However, I would recommend a visit to the Plan D'eau just a few minutes outside the town (Plan D'eau du Vallon). A large grassy space around a lake, with lovely views of the hills behind, this has extensive free parking, a good open air pool, Ok mini-golf and lakeside walks - just the job to relax or amuse the kids after a hot day's sight-seeing. (with supermarkets a few streets away, for picnic food!) There are two small hotels right by this; a good place to be for a holiday base?

Visited July 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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“Worth a visit if you're nearby”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

Lovely building with a splendid timpano. Autun is an attractive smallish town and, if you're there, then this is the highlight of the town.

Visited April 2013
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Harwood, Maryland
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“Beautiful Sculpture in the Cathedral”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

The cathedral sits on top a hill which has been occupied since Roman times, and had been fortified in earlier epochs. The Cathedral dates back to the 12th century. Although the cathedral was badly damaged during the French Revolution, it is still a beautiful structure which is currently undergoing some restoration. We were particularly impressed by the sculpture work on the tympanum, 12th century, by the sculptor Gislebertus. There are also sculptures on the top of the columns. All are beautiful work. At the bottom of the hill in lower Autun is the Champs de Mars where can park. In this area there is a large outdoor market on Fridays. The food is in the large area under the Hotel de Ville.

Visited October 2012
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