Encyclopædia Britannica, Ninth Edition/Auxerre
AUXERRE (the ancient Autissiodurum), a town of France, in the department of Yonne, situated on the banks of the Yonne, in a wine-producing district, and built in an antique fashion. Its cathedral is one of the finest Gothic buildings in the country, and its episcopal palace, now used as a prefecture, will bear comparison with any. It has several normal schools, a college founded by the famous Jacques Amyot (who was a native of the town, and died there in 1593), a society of agriculture, botanic garden, museum, theatre, an extensive and valuable library, &c. The Yonne is navigable from a little above the town. Besides trade in wine and in firewood, there are manufactures of cloths, druggets, serges, cotton and woollen stockings, and some considerable tanneries. Population, 15,497.