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Cathedral St. Lazare’s spire as seen through an ancient Roman gate at the edge of the city of Autun, France. (Autumn 2006)

Autun, in the Burgandy region of France, was founded during the reign of the first Roman emperor, Augustus (after whom it was named).  Several elements of Roman architecture dating from the time of Augustus, such as walls, gates, and a Roman theater, are still visible in and around the small town.

Autun Cathedral, also known as Cathedral St. Lazare, dates from the early twelfth century and is an example of Romanesque architecture.  Originally, it was built to house the relics of Lazurus, a Christian martyr who was archbishop of Aix-en-Province. The cathedral is famous for its architectural sculpture, particularly the tympanum of The Last Judgement.


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