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Dijon is a city in eastern France, in the Burgundy region. The city began as a Roman settlement, built on the route between Lyon and Paris, called Divio. It is claimed that the city’s patron saint, Saint Benignus, introduced Christianity to the region before being martyred.
From the early 11th century Dijon was the capital of the Duchy of Burgundy and home to the Dukes of Bugundy. Between the 11th and 15th centuries Dijon was a tremendously wealthy and powerful city and considered on of the great European centres of art, learning and science. The city was occupied by Nazi Germany in 1940 until it was freed by the Allied Powers in 1944. Despite this, and the Franco-Prussian War, Dijon has avoided large scale destruction and much of it old architecture remains.
As a city, Dijon has a significant number of churches and museums to keep you busy. One of the most impressive, the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, is less than a 15-minute drive from the Premiere Classe Hotel Dijon Nord. The museum is a must see for anyone who likes art and, most importantly, it’s free. Nearby is Dijon Cathedral, a beautiful Romanesque building. The crypt under the cathedral, dedicated to Saint Benignus, is a thousand years old.
With longer in Dijon you might want to explore the surrounding region. In Dijon you can rent a classic car from a selection of British and French cars from the 1950s and 60s and tour the area in style. A road book is also provided to clue you in to little known gems in the area. Visit the Musee d’Art Sacre, also in the city centre, for one of the most impressive collection of sacred art in the world.
The city’s Owl Tour is a great way to see the city at your own pace and on your own terms. Follow a series of owl on the walls and floors that will lead you round all of Dijon’s sights and attractions. You can buy a guide from the tourist office, but the route is fairly easy to follow without one. Visit Dijon’s Ducal Palace, built by the Dukes of Burgundy, to get a taste of the city’s history.
Dijon is connected to many major French cities by a number of motorways. Paris is an hour and forty minutes away by a high-speed TGV train service from the Gare de Dijon-Ville. A new tram system opened in Dijon in September 2012 with more than 15 stops around the city.
The heavy Burgundy wines of the region, coupled with beef from the local Charolais cattle, means that the area is known for its rich cuisine. Dishes featuring Burgundian wine are called à la bourguignon, the most well-known example being beef bourguignon. Snails are also common in the region, stewed in white wine and stuffed with parsley and butter.
Dijon hosts a International and Gastronomic Fair on a yearly basis in Autumn. With over 200,000 visitors it is one of the biggest fairs in France and one of the ten most important in he while country. Every three years Dijon is also host to the international flower show Florissimo.
Did You Know?
Dijon is famous for its mustard, Dijon Mustard. But the name refers to a method, developed in Dijon, for making a particularly string type of mustard relish. It does not necessarily mean that the mustard was made in Dijon, or with mustard seed from Dijon, and in fact a lot of the seeds used are imported.