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Inspiring Destinations – Dijon, France

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Dijon, France

Dijon is the capital city of the Burgundy region in eastern France. It is highly regarded for its vineyards, diverse architecture ranging from Gothic to Art Deco, and wonderful Dijon Mustard.

Porte Guillaume Dijon France
Porte Guillaume is a monumental 1700s city gate featuring a stone archway with allegorical relief sculptures.

Dijon was once a Roman settlement named Divio, located on the road between Lyon and Paris.

For a walking guide to the city, check out our Self-Guided City Walk of Dijon.

Burgundy was a great power during the 14th and 15th centuries, when the Dukes controlled a large part of what is now northeastern France, western Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. As a result, beautiful buildings were constructed in Dijon, and the city is so compact it is an easy walk to see them.

Inspiring Destinations Dijon France
Pharmacie du Miroir is an historic pharmacy in Dijon

Dijon is famous for Dijon mustard, which originated in 1856, when Jean Naigeon substituted verjuice, the acidic “green” juice of not-quite-ripe grapes, for vinegar in the traditional mustard recipe.

Inspiring Destinations Dijon France
Maille Mustard shop – try the mustard made with wine.

The historical centre of the city has been registered since July 4, 2015, as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Praluline
The Praluline from La Maison Pralus is “a well-buttered brioche with a good dose of home-made pralines”

The distinguished 1787 Musée des Beaux-Arts, housed in the vast Palace of the Dukes, holds a rich collection of paintings, sculptures, crafts and antiquities.

Église Notre-Dame de Dijon
Église Notre-Dame de Dijon viewed from Rue Jeannin

Construction of the Church of Notre-Dame of Dijon began around 1230. There are 51 gargoyles decorating the façade and are a little spooky to look up at.

Église Notre-Dame de Dijon
Gargoyles on the front of Église Notre-Dame de Dijon

We visited Dijon on a road trip through France, you can read about our visit here.