The monastic buildings

The cloister


The cloister is a place to wander around, with its system of galleries serving all the buildings. A closed space (claustrum in Latin), inhabited by silence, it encouraged prayer and meditation.

The abbey church


Organised like a huge reliquary around the tomb of Saint Germain, the abbey church is also a church of pilgrimage and its architecture responds to this double programme.

The crypt


To approach and see the tomb of Saint Germain were the objectives of the pilgrimage. The various reconstructions of the church have always respected the location of the venerated tomb, the “holy of holies”.

The chapter house


After the church, the chapter house is the most important space in the monastery. It is here that the life of the community is organised, during the chapter, the daily meeting of the monks of the community, presided over by the abbot.

The rooms of the Museum of Art and History

The Gallo-Roman archaeology room


Located in the old monastic dormitory, where the location of the monks’ cells can still be seen on the floor, this room presents the Gallo-Roman period through numerous archaeological objects.

The scriptorium


The collections presented in this room evoke the work of copying and illumination carried out by the monks in the Middle Ages, but also the history of the Abbey and its establishment in the town of Auxerre.

The medieval archaeology room


This room houses numerous objects from the medieval period (jewellery, tools, weapons, statues, etc.) from ancient fi nds or recent archaeological excavations in Auxerre and its region.

The sacristy


Dedicated to the bishop Saint-Germain (378-448), the sacristy houses two exceptional 11th century fabrics, the “Shroud” and the “Tunic” known as the Germain Tunic.


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