Palais des Ducs

Palace in Dijon

Palais Des Ducs De Bourgogne
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A visit to Dijon often centers around its historical heart, the Palais des Ducs, which is situated at the city’s core. The main courtyard faces the Place de la Libération, a serene square designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, who was one of the architects responsible for Versailles. Constructed in the late 17th century, this area has become a popular spot for relaxation and socializing, particularly since it was closed to vehicular traffic, which has significantly boosted the local café scene.

Dominating the courtyard in front of the east wing of the palace is the 14th-century Tour de Bar, which now hosts the Musée des Beaux-Arts. The taller, 15th-century Tour Philippe-le-Bon is another highlight, though it can only be explored through guided tours. The view from the top of this tower is particularly rewarding, offering sweeping vistas over Dijon including the distinctive glazed Burgundian tiles of the Hôtel de Vogüé and the cathedral. On clear days, the Jura Mountains are visible in the distance, adding to the panoramic beauty witnessed from this historic site.

The Palais des Ducs appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Dijon!

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Visiting Palais des Ducs

Address: Palais des Ducs et des États de Bourgogne, Rue Rameau, Dijon, France
Duration: 20 minutes

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