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  • 1 Rue Verrerie

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Verrerie

    A number of antique dealers have their shops in this street, lined with fine, half-timbered houses. The houses from Nos 8 to 12, with their carved beams, form a beautiful ensemble.

  • 2 Rue Chaudronnerie

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Chaudronnerie

    At no 28, no less than twelve statues decorate the façade of the well-named House of the Caryatids (1603)!

  • 3 Place des Ducs-de-Bourgogne

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place des Ducs-de-Bourgogne

    The fine Gothic façade which dominates the square is that of the Guard Room, overlooked by the tower of Philip the Good.

  • 4 Tower of Philippe the Good

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    11 r. des Forges

    The 46m-high tower of the Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy was built in the 15C by Philippe III. 316 steps lead to the top, but the views over the town, Saône and Ouche valleys, and the foothills of the Jura make the climb well worthwhile.

  • 5 Cour d'Honneur of the Palace of the Dukes and States of Burgundy

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Cour d’Honneur

    This attractive courtyard in front of the ducal palace is dominated by the tower of Philippe the Good. Beneath it, the royal lodgings are flanked by two right-angled wings. The courtyard of the Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy has to its r..

  • 6 Cour de Flore

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Cour de Flore

    This courtyard is hemmed in by the pre-Revolution buildings of the Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy; in one corner is the Chapelle des Élus, with its Louis XV door and interior decoration. Under the porch giving access onto rue de la Liber..

  • 7 Cour de Bar

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This courtyard is dominted by its 14C tower, built by Philippe the Bold, known as the new tower when constructed but now the oldest part of the palace. The 17C Bellegarde staircase serves the north gallery: Statue of Claus Sluter (the main sculptor o..

  • 8 Hôtel Bouhier

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    12 rue Vauban

    This is a fine classical residence with a monumental doorway at the rear, an interior courtyard and a façade decorated with pilasters and pediments.

  • 9 Place St-Fiacre

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place St-Fiacre

    The square was named after a hospital dedicated to the saint who healed pilgrims; the entrance was at no 13 rue Vauban.

  • 10 Hôtel Legouz de Gerland

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    21 rue Vauban

    Legouz de Gerland was the Princess's Master of the Wardrobe in 1690. His residence at no 21 rue Vauban gives onto a classical style courtyard. To get a glimpse of the Renaissance façade with its four bartizans, you need to go further to the ruelle Je..

  • 11 Hôtel Fyot-de-Mimeure

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    23 rue de l’Amiral-Roussin

    Some think the façade is refined and others find it over-decorative. People often have a divergence of opinion over the Sambin style. Quite indifferent to the controversy, which rarely degenerates any further, the residence stands proudly in an attra..

  • 12 La Nef City-Centre Library

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3 r. de l'École-de-Droit

    The chapel of the former college of the Godrans has been turned into a reading-room. It has precious 12C illuminated manuscripts from Cîteaux, seized during the Revolution. In the courtyard stands a well taken from a house that was demolished when th..

  • 13 Law Courts of Dijon

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue du Palais

    This is where the Burgundy parliament used to meet. The gabled, Renaissance façade has a porch supported by columns. The door, decorated with garlands and trophies, is a copy (of the Sambin door, the original of which is in the Musée des Beaux Arts)...

  • 14 St Philibert's Church of Dijon

    Religious buildings

    Parvis St-Philibert

    Built in the 12C and no longer in use, this church has a west doorway in the «Floral Romanesque» style.

  • 15 Dijon Museum of Sacred Art

    Museums and art

    15 r. Ste-Anne

    The former church of St Anne, a circular, domed building, houses the furnishing collected from sanctuaries in the Côte d'Or region. Its star attraction is a marble and stucco main altar, sculpted in 1672 by the Dijon sculptor, Jean Dubois.

  • 16 Square Darcy

    Nature and gardens

    Square Darcy

    Darcy was the engineer who installed a drinking water supply in Dijon and was responsible for the PLM railway line running through the city. For this he deserved to have a square named after him - a pleasant square, decorated with a replica of the Po..

  • 17 Colombière Park

    Nature and gardens

    Cours du Parc

    Flowerbeds crossed by paths and green lawns make this former park of the Princes of Condé a pleasant place for a walk. According to Louis XIV, these pathways laid out in 1672 were the «finest in the realm». A fragment of the roman road leading from L..

  • 18 Dijon Canal Port

    Nature and gardens

    Quai Nicolas-Rolin

    Is Dijon really a port? The answer is yes. An obelisk dating from 1780 is a reminder of the inauguration of the port and the 1 000km network of canals running through Burgundy, created by the Prince of Condé originally to link Dijon to Paris, the Med..

  • 19 Lake Kir

    Nature and gardens

    N 5

    The memory of the famous Canon, a roguish clergyman, who not only gave his name to a famous apéritif but also took a particular interest in water: he was responsible for the creation of this 37ha stretch of water, a favourite with the people of Dijon..

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