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Auxerre (/ˈsɛər/ oh-SAIR,[2] French: [osɛʁ] (About this soundlisten)) is the capital of the Yonne department and the fourth-largest city in Burgundy. Auxerre's population today is about 39,000;[3] the metropolitan area comprises roughly 92,000 inhabitants.[citation needed] Residents of Auxerre are referred to as Auxerrois.

Auxerre
Auxerre, Cathedral and Abbey by Yonne riverfront
Auxerre, Cathedral and Abbey by Yonne riverfront
Coat of arms of Auxerre
Coat of arms
Location of Auxerre
Auxerre is located in France
Auxerre
Auxerre
Auxerre is located in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Auxerre
Auxerre
Coordinates: 47°47′55″N 3°34′02″E / 47.7986°N 3.5672°E / 47.7986; 3.5672Coordinates: 47°47′55″N 3°34′02″E / 47.7986°N 3.5672°E / 47.7986; 3.5672
CountryFrance
RegionBourgogne-Franche-Comté
DepartmentYonne
ArrondissementAuxerre
CantonAuxerre-1, Auxerre-2, Auxerre-3, Auxerre-4
IntercommunalityCA Auxerrois
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Guy Ferez
Area
1
49.95 km2 (19.29 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
36,804
 • Density740/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+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 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]

HistoryEdit

 
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]

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Auxerre (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 16.8
(62.2)
23.0
(73.4)
26.6
(79.9)
29.8
(85.6)
32.1
(89.8)
37.7
(99.9)
39.6
(103.3)
41.1
(106.0)
35.3
(95.5)
31.3
(88.3)
22.8
(73.0)
18.4
(65.1)
41.1
(106.0)
Average high °C (°F) 6.3
(43.3)
7.9
(46.2)
12.2
(54.0)
15.6
(60.1)
19.8
(67.6)
23.0
(73.4)
26.1
(79.0)
25.8
(78.4)
21.5
(70.7)
16.6
(61.9)
10.2
(50.4)
6.7
(44.1)
16.0
(60.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) 3.6
(38.5)
4.4
(39.9)
7.8
(46.0)
10.5
(50.9)
14.5
(58.1)
17.7
(63.9)
20.2
(68.4)
20.0
(68.0)
16.3
(61.3)
12.4
(54.3)
7.1
(44.8)
4.1
(39.4)
11.6
(52.9)
Average low °C (°F) 0.8
(33.4)
0.9
(33.6)
3.3
(37.9)
5.3
(41.5)
9.2
(48.6)
12.3
(54.1)
14.4
(57.9)
14.1
(57.4)
11.0
(51.8)
8.2
(46.8)
4.0
(39.2)
1.6
(34.9)
7.1
(44.8)
Record low °C (°F) −20.2
(−4.4)
−18.8
(−1.8)
−11.6
(11.1)
−5.2
(22.6)
−1.0
(30.2)
3.0
(37.4)
5.8
(42.4)
4.0
(39.2)
0.5
(32.9)
−2.9
(26.8)
−8.8
(16.2)
−15.1
(4.8)
−20.2
(−4.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 56.3
(2.22)
47.7
(1.88)
48.9
(1.93)
56.0
(2.20)
69.5
(2.74)
61.5
(2.42)
53.9
(2.12)
59.3
(2.33)
61.1
(2.41)
70.8
(2.79)
61.1
(2.41)
61.2
(2.41)
707.3
(27.85)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 11.2 9.6 10.6 9.9 11.3 9.7 7.6 7.8 8.5 10.3 11.0 11.6 119.1
Average relative humidity (%) 87 82 77 72 76 74 71 73 78 85 87 88 79.2
Mean monthly sunshine hours 61.7 89.2 135.2 173.9 198.0 213.9 245.2 229.6 177.2 121.2 70.1 53.3 1,768.5
Source #1: Meteo climat[6][7]
Source #2: Infoclimat.fr (humidity, 1961–1990)[8]

Main sightsEdit

 
A view of Auxerre's old town with Saint-Germain Abbey in the background.
 
Church of St. Pierre en Vallée, listed as monument.
  • Cathedral of St. Étienne (11th–16th centuries). In Gothic style, it is renowned for its three doorways with remarkable bas-reliefs. The stained glass windows in the choir and the apsidal chapel are among the finest in France. The 11th century crypt houses the remains of the former Romanesque cathedral.
  • Abbey of Saint-Germain, existing from the ninth century. The crypt has some of the most ancient mural paintings in France, and houses the tomb of the bishops of Auxerre. Also interesting are the chapter room (12th century), the cellar (14th century) and the cloister (seventeenth century).
  • The Clock tower, located in the Old Town
  • The church of St. Pierre en Vallée (17th–18th centuries), established over a 6th-century abbey. In the style of late Gothic architecture, it has a tower similar to that of the cathedral. Portions of the decorations and inner chapels were financed by local winegrowers.
  • Church of St. Eusèbe, founded in the 7th century. The nave was rebuilt in the 13th century, while the tower is in Romanesque style.

Notable peopleEdit

SpecialtiesEdit

Famous regional winesEdit

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

International relationsEdit

Twin towns and sister citiesEdit

Auxerre is twinned with:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Wells, John C. (2008). Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (3rd ed.). Longman. ISBN 978-1-4058-8118-0.
  3. ^ Populations légales 2007 de la commune d’Auxerre, INSEE
  4. ^ fr:Villes et Pays d'art et d'histoire
  5. ^ Councils were held here in 578 and 1147.
  6. ^ "Moyennes 1981/2010: Région Bourgogne" (in French). Météoclimat. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  7. ^ "STATION Auxerre" (in French). Météoclimat. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Normes et records 1961-1990: Auxerre (89) - altitude 207m" (in French). Infoclimat. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  9. ^ Howard Eves (1990). An Introduction to the History of Mathematics (sixth ed.). Saunders College Publishing.
  10. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607–1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963.
  11. ^ "British towns twinned with French towns". Archant Community Media Ltd. Retrieved 11 July 2013.

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