France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Palais des Ducs de Bourgogne, Dijon
This imposing palace overlooks the Place de la Libération in the town center.




The Dukes only ruled the Duchy of Burgundy (Bourgogne) for a little over a century, from 1463-1577. But in that time they greatlly increased the power and prestige of Burgundy and left their mark on France. With colorful names—Philip the Bold, John the Fearless, Philip the Good, and Charles the Bold—they fought battles and established Burgundy and Dijon as important centers.

The Palais des Ducs et des États de Bourgogne (Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy) (map) stands today as a reminder of this important history. "Estates" refers to a general assembly of the representatives of the important estates of the Duchy, which met every few years to legislate and govern.

The oldest parts of the Palais date to the 14th century, though most of what we see today dates from the 17th and 18th centuries. The Tour Philippe Le Bon, which stands over the Palace (and which you can climb), is from the 15th century.

As you face the Palais from the Place de la Libération, the left side holds mostly offices of the Mairie, or city hall, while the right side is dedicated to the wonderful Musée des Beaux Arts. A large section of this museum focuses on the history of the Dukes of Burgundy and this area; the tombs of John the Fearless, his wife Margaret of Bavaria, and Philip the Bold are displayed in the museum.

  Detail, Palais des Ducs de Bourgogne, France
  A greeting over the doorway in the courtyard.

It is also interesting to wander through the courtyards of the Palais. The Cour de Flore has lovely architecture and ornately decorated doorways and windows. The Cour de Bar contains a 14th century tower and is also where you'll find the entrance to the Musée des Beaux Arts. There's also the cutely named "Bar de la Cour" where you can enjoy lunch or a drink.

The Tourist Information Office is also housed in the Palais des Ducs, with its entrance on the Rue des Forges. The Chapelle des Élus, a charming small chapel tucked away in a corner of the Palais, is accessed through the Tourist Information Office.


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About Burgundy

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Palais des Ducs de Bourgogne, Dijon, France

Above, Palais des Ducs de Bourgogne and the Tour Philippe Le Bon, Dijon.

Below, Cornucopia carving in the Cour de Flore, Palais des Ducs de Bourgogne.


Detail, Palais des Ducs de Bourgogne, Dijon, France

Courtyard, Palais des Ducs, Dijon

Above, Interior courtyard, Palais des Ducs de Bourgogne.

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