Greatest Drink Ever!
When at any restaurant or bar in Dijon, order a Kir. This drink is a regional specialty named after a former mayor of the city. Made from a black current liquor (Crème de Cassis) et white wine, it is an ideal before dinner drink. If you are feeling fancy, you can also order a Kir Royal, which replaces the white wine with champaign.
The author of Tour d'Eiffel was born in Dijon. Dijon is famous by the mustard which was begun to make in Ancient Egypt and China, but it have been brought to its manufacture of perfection in Dijon.
A variety of its grades amazes: mustard with a raspberry, a black currant, cognac, liquor - with what only it do not to make! There is even the Mustard Museum.
Place Darcy is an elegant square, open-spaced area in the centre of Dijon. Most of the main streets converge here, and it is full of cafes and restaurants. There is a small arc at one end of the square - probaly called Arc de Triomphe as in other French towns.
a.k.a. Arc de Triomphe
constructed 1788, on the site of the earlier defensive city gate named for the Dijon abbot Guillaume de Volpiano (962-1031) born in Italy
address: Place Darcy, the square named for hydraulic engineer Henry Philibert Gaspard Darcy (1803-1858) who devised a system to supply the city with water
"Palais des Ducs et des Etats de Bourgogne"
- former Palace of the Dukes and the States of Burgundy
constructed: 1365 -1685 in phases beginning with the Tour de Bar (tower) ending with the façade visible in the photo
façade architect: Jules Hardouin Mansart (1646-1708)
current use: city hall, museum and art school.
"Place de la Liberation"
- one of two mirror image semicircle Place de la Liberation arcades facing the Palais Des Ducs across the square,
Place de la Liberation, was constructed as Place Royale its named was changed to Place d'Armes after the French Revolution (1789-99), then changed again to Place du Marechal Petain during the WWII German 1940-44 occupation of Dijon.
DIJON - the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy
Dijon is nowadays a modern capital of Burgundy with more than two hundred thousand inhabitants.
The heir to an exceptional architectural heritage, Dijon accounts for 97 ha of nationally classed monuments. Glazed rooftops, private mansions of the 17th and 18th centuries, the Saint Benign Cathedral, the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy... The Estate of Rameau and Bossuet, rented by Voltaire, and in which Gustave Eiffel was born, was classed first in France for urban tourism.