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Best of Dijon
The city of Dijon is not only known for its mustard sauce, but also for its fascinating history and rich gastronomic heritage. Dijon is a picturesque city in France with numerous well-preserved historic monuments from the Ducal Era. Some of the most notable mansions, called “hotels particuliers”, including the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy are constructed with splendid facades. Take a trip to the past by strolling through the streets and admiring the majestic vistas of the medieval churches, Fine Arts Museum, and the Ducal Palace.
When you are in Dijon, do not forget to visit the Palais des Ducs (Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy), located right at the centre of this historic city. The oldest element of this palace is the 52 meters tall tower (Tour de Bar). Here you will find the old kitchen with its six enormous fireplaces, which were used to cook the grand banquets. On the eastern side of the palace, you will find the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, one of the most popular art museums in the country. The museum boasts of a huge collection of artifacts including 15th-20th century sculptures, 14th-18th century Italian paintings, medieval paintings, Renaissance Burgundian sculptures, Egyptian antiquities, and Gothic altarpieces from several old churches.
Travel to the northern side of the palace to explore the Church of Notre-Dame. Constructed in Burgundian Gothic style during 1230-1250, the church features a clock tower that has beautiful mechanical figures chiming the church bell. One of the most significant historic attractions you cannot miss in Dijon is the Musee Magnin, a museum that features an extensive collection of designs, objects, and paintings. French paintings and works of art including the works of Fragonard, the “Parisian Atticism” style of art, and 650 pieces of paintings from the 17th century are all included in its collection.
At the western side of Dijon, you will come across the Chartreuse de Champmol, which once served as the burial ground of the Dukes. Here, you can see the hexagon-shaped Well of Moses with decorative columns of angels and statues representing the prophets – David, Jeremiah, Zechariah, Daniel, Isaiah, and Moses. You can also spend quality time with your friends or family in Jardine Botanique de l’Arquebuse. The wonderful public garden, offering an interesting presentation of Burgundian flora, is a pleasant spot to relax.
Filled with these magnificent buildings of Renaissance and medieval times, Dijon is an appealing city that will surely captivate your senses.
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