The Joly Bridge in Semur-en-Auxois
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Catherine Sadon|
|19.14 km2 (7.39 sq mi)|
|• Density||230/km2 (610/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||237–423 m (778–1,388 ft) |
(avg. 286 m or 938 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Semur-en-Auxois (French pronunciation: [səmyʁ ɑ̃n‿oswa]) is a commune of the Côte-d'Or department in eastern France. The engineer Edmé Régnier L'Aîné (1751–1825) and the Encyclopédiste Philippe Guéneau de Montbeillard (1720–1785) were born in Semur-en-Auxois, while the military engineer Vauban (1633-1707) was educated at the Carmelite college.
Semur-en-Auxois has a medieval core, built on a pink granite bluff more than half-encircled by the River Armançon. The river formerly provided motive power for tanneries and mills, but its flow is now somewhat reduced by the Lac de Pont. The dam was built upstream in the 19th century to provide water for the Canal de Bourgogne.
Semur-en-Auxois was the start of Stage 6 in the 2007 Tour de France.
Semur-en-Auxois is twinned with:
- The church, La Collégiale Notre-Dame, was started in 1225 and built in flamboyant Gothic style. It was restored in the 19th century by Viollet-le-Duc. The north tympanum depicts the legend of St. Thomas.
- La porte Sauvigny, built in the 15th century, marks the entrance to the city
- The fortified castle, built in the 13th century and dismantled in the 17th century. Parts visible today are:
- La tour de l'Orle d'Or, with a height of 44 metres and walls 5 metres thick
- La tour de la Gehenne
- La tour de la Prison
- La tour Margot, behind the theatre.
- Bridges of the city crossing the Armançon:
- Le pont Joly, which provides a picturesque view of the city
- Le pont Pinard
- Le pont des Minimes
- The ramparts provide a promenade with views of the river
- The Sinemurian Age of the Jurassic Period of geological time is named for Semur-en-Auxois
- Communes of the Côte-d'Or department
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