Notre-Dame de Dijon
Viollet-le-Duc was the first architect since the Middle Ages to reach a profound understanding of the principles of Gothic construction and he devoted his careful scrutiny to the structure of Notre-Dame. The tall, monolithic and incredibly thin colonettes which support the apse vaults he describes as "splender pins, as strongs as if they were of cast iron, thanks to the quality of the stone employed".
Visit the schools!
I know, I know. Why would you go to school when you don't have to? Simple. Because it's French school, and it is much cooler than American school! Just go in and visit. The buildings are amazing and usually have beautiful courtyards and gardens as well. The atmosphere is so laid back and comfortable.
Salle des Gardes: A Famous Retable (4)
Although the Tombs of Philip the Bold and John the Fearless and his Wife are the gems of the Salle des Gardes and of the entire museum, there are other objects in the room worthy of careful study. One such is the retable carved by Jacques de Baerze and painted and gilded by Melchior Broederlam between 1390-99. On one side is a carving of the crucifixon scene and related events while on the other side are four paintings from the early life of Christ. This work was originally in the Chartreuse de Champmol along with the Tombs.
Study the Facade of Notre Dame Church
Notre Dame is a mid-13C Gothic church. Its West front is most unusual. It has a 3-bayed porch topped by two galleries and three horizontal rows of "gargoyles". (They are not really gargoyles because they have no water diverting function). The original figures were removed in earlier centuries for fear of falling accidents. These were designed by V.-le-Duc in the 19C. (He had a "thing" about gargoyles). The sculpture of the portals was completely defaced during the Revolution. Above all this at the South end of the facade on its proper platform is Jacquemart (See Tip Under Customs).
Dijon is one of the most attractive for tourists cities in France. It is known not only its graceful buildings of the Middle Ages, but also its culinary, for example, the most sweet mustard in the world is produced in Dijon.
Our excursion around the city as usually begun from Notre-Dame. The city centre is Forzh street. Day was windy. On the main foot street flags have been hanged out. They fluttered with noisy in impulses of a wind. One more feature of Dijon, and probably, Burgundy, were multi-coloured roofs from a brown, green and yellow tile. Till now we saw only a brown and orange tile, there it has given a variety to a city landscape.
A sculpture of an owl attracted our attention near the Cathedral. It shined from touches of the tourists trusting as we have been explained, that the owl will execute any wish.
Ancient walls of XII century surround the Count palace.
Dijon was the capital of four dukes of Burgundy. The glory about the Burgundian ducal court yard rattled across Europe. The city was one of the centers of the European art.