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Dijon, former capital of the Dukes of Burgundy, is a town steeped in history proud heir to a rich architectural legacy. Lying at the gates of the famous vineyards of the Cote de Nuits, Dijon is one of the glories of the French gastronomic tradition, known throughout the world for its mustard, blackcurrant liqueur, gingerbread, etc. It is also a university town, a business and cultural center boasting a wide and varied choice of hotels, an auditorium and extensive reception facilities capable of hosting all kinds of events.

Dijon owes its origins to its strategic position in Celtic times on the tin merchants' route from Britain up the Seine and across the Alps to the Adriatic. It became the capital of the dukes of Burgundy around 1000 AD, but its golden age occurred in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries under the auspices of dukes Philippe le Hardi (the Bold), who as a boy had fought the English at Poitiers and been taken prisoner, Jean sans Peur (the Fearless), Philippe le Bon (the Good), who sold Joan of Arc to the English, and Charles le Téméraire (also the Bold). They used their tremendous wealth and power - especially their control of Flanders, the dominant manufacturing region of the age - to make Dijon one of the greatest centres of art, learning and science in Europe. It lost its capital status on incorporation into the kingdom of France in 1477, but has remained one of the country's pre-eminent provincial cities, especially since the rail and industrial booms of the mid-nineteenth century. Today, it's smart, modern and young, especially when the students are around.

Dijon Tourist Attractions

Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy

The Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, overlooking the relaxing Place de la Libération is the former Dukes' Palace. This grand structure evokes the power of Burgundy's warrior rulers (1363-1477), who created a duchy to threaten the authority of the King of France. Louis XI finally incorporated Burgundy into France in 1489. Today the Palace houses the city's Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall), world-class Musée des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Museum), and the delicately carved tombs of dukes Philippe le Hardi (Philip the Brave) and Jean sans Peur (Fearless John) within

Musée Magnin

See how the haute bourgeoisie lived it up at the Musée Magnin. This sumptuous 17th-century townhouse showcases original furniture and Maurice Magnin's private art collection. Or get a feel for daily life in 19th-century Burgundy with a trip to the Musée de la Vie Bourguignonne and its evocative collection of costumes, crafts and decorative art, set in a Cistercian monastery.

Maison Millière

Stroll the streets to see Dijon 's rich array of grand townhouses - the Dijon Tourist Office is set in one of the most impressive, and the rue des Forges is lined with mansions, often decorated with carved gargoyles. Another gem is the stone and wood Maison Millière, on the rue de Chouette, which was built for artistan-draper Guillaume Millière in the 15th century, and provided an atmospheric setting for Gerard Depardieu in Cyrano de Bergerac. Look up to see a sculpted cat and owl on the rooftop, or nip inside for a cup of tea or to buy a teapot.

Botanical Gardens

Go green with a leisurely stroll in the Botanical Gardens - an island of greenery in the heart of Dijon, dedicated to conserving thousands of plant species.

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