Auxerre (Lat. Altisiodurum), an ancient city of France, now the capital of the department of Yonne, but formerly the chief town of the county of Auxerre, which with other domains formed the Auxerrois. Auxerre stands on the river Yonne, about 90 miles S.E. of Paris. It possesses a remarkable Gothic cathedral, a church dedicated to St. Germain, wherein lie the remains of the early counts, and an old castle. St. Germain was born here, and Amyot once held the extinct bishopric. Being close to the Burgundy vineyards it does a large business in wine, and manufactures catgut, woollen fabrics, earthenware, etc.