Chartreuse de Champmol

Tomb in Dijon

Dijon Chartreuse De Champmol, Puit De Moïse
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The Chartreuse de Champmol, founded by Philip the Bold at the end of the 14th century, was established as the burial site for the Valois dukes of Burgundy and quickly became a significant artistic hub. Here, French and northern European artists collaborated, creating a vibrant creative community.

Though the monastery was dismantled during the French Revolution, two major works by the Flemish sculptor Claus Sluter have been preserved. One is the church portal, which features depictions of Philip the Bold and his wife Marguerite of Flanders, showcasing the intricate and expressive style characteristic of the period.

Another notable work is the Well of Moses, positioned at the heart of the great cloister. This sculpture is adorned with majestic statues of biblical figures, including King David, Moses, and the prophets Isaiah, Daniel, Zechariah, and Jeremiah. The Well of Moses is celebrated for its striking realism and the depth of emotional expression in the figures, qualities that highlight the richness and finesse of late 14th-century Burgundian-Flemish sculpture. This masterpiece remains a testament to the artistic achievements of its era and the legacy of its creator, Claus Sluter.

The Chartreuse de Champmol appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Dijon!

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Visiting Chartreuse de Champmol


9am to 5.30pm

Address: Chartreuse de Champmol, Dijon, France
Duration: 20 minutes

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