Walks of Dijon
Favorite thing: some misc photos that brings to mind the frequent discussion about Dijon here, wonderful town as any in France ::) This is the heart of Burgundy together with Beaune.
The beautiful park near castle of the dukes of burgundy
Done in the 17C by Louis II De Bourbon, Prince de Condé and governor of Burgundy (le Grand Condé). continue by his grandchild , Henri-Jules, Duke of Enghien . there was a castle here before Castel de la Colombière on the other side of the river Ouche. It was canalised with a passarelle to reach the Castle of the Dukes that inspired the gardener Le Nôtre to send one of his disciples to do it and maintained, Antoine De Maerle.
Fondest memory: walking by its wooden houses in old squares is always sublime, and walking is the best way to see a city.
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
Dijon and Beaune (transport and visit)
Favorite thing: "Transco bus provides transportation from Dijon along N72 to Beaune." Actually it is N74. Here is the link to Dijon bus company Transco http://www.cotedor.fr/jahia/Jahia/pid/473. (then click on "Télécharger les horaires.."
You can also take a train between Dijon and Beaune (20min trip) Buses and trains both leave from the train station in Dijon.
Thank you for posting questions about Dijon, the first one in 2 months!:-))
Since you have a little time, go to the tourist office and ask for the owl's trail brochure (2,5€)follow the steps and they will show you and comment all the nicest sites in Dijon. http://www.dijon-tourism.com/uk/dijon_parcours_chouette.htm
Have a great stay!
- Road Trip
History - finished
Favorite thing: All the territories, were not the uniform state Burgundy, they were united only by authority of the ruling duke. Formally Burgundian dukes were vassals of the emperor, and the French king, and actually - independent governors. With accession of Capets dynasty Dijon becomes the capital of Burgundy.
The monastic Bernardin order arised in Burgundy. Sacred Bernard, the founder, rised in the head of the second crusade. Dijon became the capital of Burgundy with the accession of the Capeting dynasty. In the XIV-th century the throne passed to the dynasty of Valua whose three representatives were born in Dijon: Jean, Phillip and Charles.
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History - continued
Favorite thing: Dijon stands on Ouche river, in historical area of France and is the center of Burgundy. In the Vth century the German tribe of burgunds created the kingdom of Burgundy on Rhine with the center in Vorms. The duchy Burgundy, with the center in the city of Dijon was formed on a part of territory of kingdom in the IXth century. It was in vassal dependence from the French kings and per 1032-1361 belonged to representatives of a lateral branch of French dynasty Capets.
In the XIV-XV centuries the Burgundian dukes have actually transformed duchy into the independent state which became one of the strongest European powers. Its structure included Flanders, Artois, a county Burgundy, Enoy, Holland, Zealand, Namur, Brabant, Limburg, Luxembourg. Simultaneously these territories were a part of Sacred Roman empire.
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History - facts
Favorite thing: Burgundy is the east province of France. The Burgundian duchy during several centuries played an important role in the history of France. Within the childhood and Charles's VI adolescence the true owner of the country was much expanded its borders and his own possession duke Phillip the Courageous. His son Jean managed to eliminate Orlean duke and to take Paris, but he terminated his life by hand of a murderer. The son of Jean - Phillip the Kind entered the union with England and ruled in the whole territory of the northern and eastern France. Burgundy achieved the greatest power at Charles whom, hardly has not embodied the dream of his}ancestors to create huge empire in borders of Flanders and Lorraine. He captivated Lui XI, but lost in fight at Nancy. So the decline of the duchy began.
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Favorite thing: Not every city can be so lucky as to be situated Oceanside. Some can’t even say they have a lake.
This used to be Dijon’s case and they made their own lake.
Lake Kir was the idea of Félix Kir, a former mayor of Dijon during the mid-1900’s.
The lake is now named after him. In June 2004 the lake celebrated its 40th year.
The big project at Lake Kir was the construction of a small beach. There’s real sand, changing rooms, showers, and beach chairs available. There’s also a beach volley ball area.
Favorite thing: Dijon is one of the glories of the French gastronomic tradition, known throughout the world for its mustard (moutard de Dijon), blackcurrant liqueur (creme de cassis), gingerbread (pain d'epice), etc...
Parc de la Colombiere
Favorite thing: Parks and gardens have their own importance in the city 17 parks and gardens make the city more attractive for its inhabitants.
Most of these parks or gardens are equipped with children's playgrounds or small animal parks like in the Parc de la Colombiere. (33ha, created in 1672)
"The most beautiful avenue of my kingdom", said Louis XIV about the central 1,5 km walk of the park.
Touch the owl and make a wish...
Favorite thing: The ideal way to see the old town is on foot along the The Owl's Trail. Pick up a booklet from the Tourist Office on Place Darcy and follow the 22 numbered stages around the old town. Over the centuries the owl has become a good luck charm in Dijon. It was carved on one of the flying buttresses of the side chapel of Notre Dame. When you pass by on your tour, rub it with your left hand and make a wish – and pray that a gargoyle doesn't fall down and hit you.
Musee des Beaux Arts
Favorite thing: The Palais now houses Dijon's town hall and the Musee des Beaux Arts. The art collection, the most significant outside Paris, features many Dutch and Flemish masters and sculptures by Francois Rude and Charles Sluter, including the magnificent tombs of the dukes in the Salle des Gardes.
Rue de la Liberte
Favorite thing: Dijon is an open museum of fine domestic architecture, offering fascinating glimpses of the past. Most of the buildings of interest are crammed into the old city, an area protected by stringent zoning regulations. Through its centre runs the Rue de la Liberte, cutting like a sword through the smaller streets on either side.
Favorite thing: Behind the Palais runs the Rue des Forges, site of one of Dijon's oldest dwellings, the Maison Milliere (built in 1483). Its half-timbered facade features in a scene in the movie Cyrano de Bergerac with famous Gerard Depardieu.
Notre-Dame de Dijon
Favorite thing: 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".
The Palace of the Dukes
Favorite thing: In 1682 it was decided to rebuild the south side of the palace in the style of Versailles. Daniel Gittard, an architect in the service of the Prince de Condé, designed the immense Salle des Etats which enclosed the Cour d'Honneur on the west. Gittard died in 1686 and was replaced by the Premier Architecte du Roi, Jules-Hardouin Mansart, and his son-in-law Robert de Cotte. These were the authors of the final enlargement of Versailles. Just as, in the thirteenth century, the Capetian monarchy had marked its presence by the construction of the great Gothic cathedrals, so Louis XIV left the imprint of his regime upon Dijon by the architecture of the Logis du Roi.
Favorite thing: Dijon has many sights that are a constant source of delight. This is an infinitely beautiful town which gets its charm from the past and from the wit and wisdom of those who bring it to life. Dijon passed through successive armed conflicts unscathed, which explains the richness of its architectural heritage today !