Located in the middle of Burgundy, this sleepy town has everything a tourist could want, Roman ruins, a Cathedral, medieval walls and a school attended by Napoleon!
Known as “Augustodunum” during the Roman era, Autun’s outdoor theater was once the largest in Gaul. It could hold over 20,000 spectators on three levels. Other remaining Roman structures include Porte St-André and Porte d’Arroux, two of the original Roman gates to the city. The town’s ramparts and walls are large, and still look able to keep out the unwelcomed.
The St-Lazare Cathedral built in the 12th century has a masterpiece of sculpture above its doorway. Just be warned that there are pigeons galore so look up with care!
Napoleon attended the Lycée Bonaparte in 1779 (hence the name). Just before he went to military school in Brienne.
In the hills outside of town a wonderful view can be found in front of the Croix de la Libération (Liberation Cross). This cross was erected a few years after WWII to celebrate the liberation of Autun.