Burgundy Sights

Palais des Ducs (Ducal Palace)

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 10/16/2017

Fodor's Review

The elegant, classical exterior of this former palace can best be admired from half-moon Place de la Libération and the cour d'honneur. The kitchens (circa 1450), with their six huge fireplaces and (for their time) state-of-the-art aeration funnel in the ceiling, catch the eye, as does the 15th-century Salle des Gardes (Guard Room), with its richly carved and colored tombs and late-14th-century altarpieces. The palace now houses one of France's major art museums, the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Museum). The magnificent tombs sculpted for dukes Philip the Bold and his son John the Fearless (note their dramatically moving mourners, hidden in shrouds) are just two highlights of a rich collection of medieval objects and Renaissance furniture gathered here as testimony to Marguerite of Flanders (Philip the Bold's wife). She brought to Burgundy not only her dowry, namely the rich province of Flanders, but also a host of distinguished artists—including Rogier van der Weyden, Jan van

Eyck, and Claus Sluter. Their artistic legacy can be seen here, as well as at several of Burgundy's other museums and monuments. Among the paintings are works by Italian old masters and French 19th-century artists, such as Théodore Géricault and Gustave Courbet, plus their Impressionist successors, notably Édouard Manet and Claude Monet. Due to a major renovation project, the wing housing the 17th-to-20th-century collections is closed until 2019.

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  • Liberation Square, Palace of Dukes, Dijon, Burgundy, France

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Sight Information


Cours de Flore, Dijon, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, 21000, France



Website: mba.dijon.fr

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Closed Tues.

Published 10/16/2017


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