Sunday, April 19, 2009


This is very much the Roman heart of Burgundy. Autun, founded in 10 B.C., controlled the great Agrippa way linking the port of Boulogne with Lyon. This ruined Roman theater seated 15,000 people and the town still puts on a spectacle in the summer with chariot races and gladiators.

Fittingly, it now faces a soccer field...

Much of the present city of Autun retains its Roman architecture:

Below is the 1st century Porte d'Arroux with its four sculpted arcades and the Corinthian columns that inspired Cluny:

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