Dijon

Overview

Introduction

Dijon, France, is a gem of ancient architecture, ranging from the 15th century to the Revolution. There's an archaeological museum, full of Gallo-Roman artifacts, including the statues that once adorned the city's original walls, as well as the 12th-century Notre Dame church with its three tiers of gargoyles and mechanical clock. Also be sure to explore the winding streets of Old Town.

The monumental Palace of the Dukes and States of Burgundy (Palais des Ducs for short) at the Place de la Liberation was once home to Burgundy's powerful dukes. The palace's east wing features a superb museum, Musee des Beaux-Arts. On Rue Ste.-Anne, there's the Musee de la Vie Bourguignone, an interesting museum highlighting village and town life in Burgundy from centuries past, with a whole street re-created on the first floor.

Mustard lovers can taste several varieties at the Maille shop on Rue de Liberte, where the staff will package your choice in a crockery container to take home. Those who like to wander on their own can pick up a map at the tourist office, then follow the owl images embedded in the streets to sites of historical interest.

There is also a variety of vineyard tours available at the tourist office, for an introduction to the surrounding Cote d'Or vineyards.


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