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  • 5 St Bénigne's Cathedral

    Religious buildings

    Place Ste-Bénigne F - 21000 Dijon

    Under the porchway, crowned by a small open-work gallery, the framework of the old Romanesque doorway has been preserved in the Gothic façade. The sober lines of the interior make it quite austere. The Romanesque crypt reveals part of the transept cr..

  • 6 Place de la Libération

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place de la Libération F - 21000 Dijon

    Designed to a semicircular plan by the architect of Versailles, Hardouin-Mansart, and built by one of his pupils, Robert de Cotte, between 1686 and 1701, the arcades of this quasi-royal square, occupied by shops, give a majestic appearance to the mai..

  • 7 Birthplace of Adolphe-Joanne

    Museums and art

    5 Rue de la Liberté. de la Liberté F - 21000 Dijon

    The creator of travel guides and founder of the newspaper L'Illustration (the news-magazine of our ancestors) and the French Alpine Club, Adolphe Joanne (1813-1881) was born in this house in Dijon.

  • 8 Place François-Rude (or du Bareuzai)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Francois-Rude (ou du Bareuzai) F - 21000 Dijon

    In the centre of a pedestrian area stands a misshapen square which, with its timber-framed houses, has a certain charm. A fountain stands in the centre with the figure of a «Bareuzai» wine-grower treading the grapes. However, the fountain normally on..

  • 9 Rue Verrerie

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Verrerie F - 21000 Dijon

    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.

  • 10 Rue Chaudronnerie

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Chaudronnerie F - 21000 Dijon

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

  • 11 Tower of Philippe the Good

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    11 r. des Forges F - 21000 Dijon

    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.

  • 12 Cour de Flore

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Cour de Flore F - 21000 Dijon

    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..

  • 13 Cour de Bar

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 21000 Dijon

    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..

  • 14 Hôtel Bouhier

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    12 Rue Vauban F - 21000 Dijon

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

  • 15 Place St-Fiacre

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place St-Fiacre F - 21000 Dijon

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

  • 16 Hôtel Legouz de Gerland

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    21 Rue Vauban F - 21000 Dijon

    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..

  • 17 Hôtel Fyot-de-Mimeure

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    23 Rue de l'Amiral-Roussin F - 21000 Dijon

    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..

  • 18 Municipal Library

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3 r. de l'École-de-Droit F - 21000 Dijon

    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..

  • 19 Law Courts

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue du Palais F - 21000 Dijon

    This is where the Burgundy parliament used to meet. The Renaissance-style, gabled 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 museum. Inside, is..

  • 20 Church of St Philibert

    Religious buildings

    Parvis St-Philibert F - 21000 Dijon

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

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