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France, Burgundy – Dijon

Published: 22.12.2021
The Musée des Beaux-Arts or Museum of Fine Arts is our next destination in beautiful Dijon. Last time we ended up at the Palais des Ducs and we won't go too far from it, because the museum is located in its east wing. It is one of the oldest and most important art museums in France. It is home to extensive collections that begin with ancient Egypt and end with the present. For a relatively low entrance fee (6 euros), you can look forward to art feasts that you just won't see anywhere else.

The Museum of Life in Burgundy (Musée de la Vie Bourguignonne) is another place that is almost a must. It is located in the grounds of a former monastery. As the name of the museum suggests, its main purpose is to introduce visitors to everyday life in Dijon from the 18th to the 20th century. Exhibits such as peasants 'and townspeople' s clothes, furniture or everyday objects are exhibited here. If you speak French, you will certainly appreciate the library, which specializes in topics related to everyday life in Burgundy in the 19th century.

Muzeum života v Burgundsku

Visits to interesting museums in Dijon will end at the Musée Magnin, located in Lantin, a hotel built in the 17th century. In the museum you will see paintings (over 650 pieces) and design pieces by French artists. The local collection is, by the way, a private collection of Jeanne and Maurice Magnin.

Musée Magnin

Another destination for our walks around Dijon is the Chartreuse de Champmol. It is a Carthusian monastery located on the western outskirts of the city. Originally there was a burial ground of the Dukes of Valois and today a psychiatric clinic is located here.

There is also one of the most famous attractions in Dijon - the Well of Moses (Puits de Moïse). The hexagonal well is decorated with decorative columns with statues of angels and six Old Testament prophets (Moses, Isaiah, Daniel, Zechariah, Jeremiah and David).

kartuziánský klášter Chartreuse de Champmol

The Hôtel de Vogüé is a magnificent residence built by Etienne Bouhier, a member of the Burgundy Parliament in 1614. This building is one of the most valuable historic buildings you can see in Dijon. It is an example of a classic Renaissance style with a picturesque courtyard, a grand garden and a majestic entrance. The whole building is characterized by rich decoration and thatched roof with patterns, as is typical in Burgundy..

Hôtel de Vogüé   Hôtel de Vogüé

And the last place we would like to take you is the Jardin des Sciences de l'Arquebuse. It is a museum, planetarium and botanical garden in one. In the Pavillon de l'Arquebuse pavilion you can see many exhibits from the field of zoology, geology or mineralogy. The Pavillon du Raines is set aside for temporary exhibitions on popular topics such as nature conservation. In the planetarium you will learn something about astronomy and in the botanical garden you will get to know the typical Burgundy flora.

GPS: 47°19'10.0"N 5°02'17.0"E


Text: Maxim Kucer

Photos: Wikipedia.org: Christophe.Finot, Christophe.Finot 2, Christophe.Finot 3François de Dijon, René-Gabriel Ojéda, I,Nargile

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