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Church of Notre Dame

See the famous statue of Notre Dame de Bon Espoir, the leering gargoyles and the mechanical clock at this Gothic masterpiece.

The Church of Notre-Dame is the iconic epicenter of Dijon. With its narrow pillars and grand arches, the 13th-century Gothic structure haunts a square in the heart of the city. Peruse the artistic treasures dotted around the large church to learn about its rich history.

Gaze up at the daunting structure from the small plaza. Capture photos of its Gothic façade with a red portal and large arcades on the lower of three tiers. Admire the arcaded galleries on the upper levels with more than 50 decorative gargoyles adding to its already impressive dimensions.

Enter the spacious nave and make your way to the statue of Notre-Dame de Bon-Espoir, a wooden statue that dates back to the 11th century. It is among the oldest Virgin statues in the country. Its baby Jesus disappeared during the French Revolution and the Madonna’s hands are missing. Due to its historical importance, it is one of the most intriguing artifacts in the church.

With your left hand, stroke the owl carved into the north side of the chapel. This is believed to bring good luck. With unknown origin, the owl has been gradually worn down by the touch of those seeking good fortune. The owl sculpture is ingrained in local culture and is now the symbol of the city. Look for the owl on brass plaques  at famous sites along the Owl’s Trail through Dijon.

Admire the five stained-glass windows in the northern transept. They have survived from the 1200s and tell the stories of St. Peter and St. Andrew. A 19th-century artist used the original panes as inspiration for more than 50 new stained-glass windows.

Work commenced on the church in about 1230. The Church of Notre-Dame is in the center of Dijon’s old town on a plaza of the same name and just north of the Square des Ducs. Enjoy the countless cafés and boutiques in this central area of the city. Make sure to visit the nearby Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy.


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Hôtel des Ducs £79
Hôtel des Ducs

Hôtel des Ducs

5 Rue Lamonnoye, Dijon, Cote-d'Or
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Dijon Centre Ville, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy and within 3 miles (5 km) of La Toison d'Or Shopping Center and Zenith Dijon. Museum of Fine Arts and Magnin Museum are also within 5 minutes. Dijon-Porte-Neuve Station is 13 minutes by foot and Dijon Station is 16 minutes.

    Grand Hotel La Cloche Dijon MGallery £169
    Grand Hotel La Cloche Dijon MGallery

    Grand Hotel La Cloche Dijon MGallery

    14 Place Darcy, Dijon, Cote-d'Or
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Dijon hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Darcy Square and Dijon Cathedral. La Toison d'Or Shopping Center and Zenith Dijon are also within 3 miles (5 km). Dijon Station is 6 minutes by foot and Dijon-Porte-Neuve Station is 22 minutes.

      Hotel Residence City Loft £62
      Hotel Residence City Loft

      Hotel Residence City Loft

      96 Rue Des Godrans, Dijon, Cote-d'Or
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Dijon Centre Ville, this residence is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Church of Notre Dame and within 3 miles (5 km) of La Toison d'Or Shopping Center and Zenith Dijon. Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy and Museum of Fine Arts are also within 5 minutes. Dijon Station is 11 minutes by foot and Dijon-Porte-Neuve Station is 18 minutes.

        Vertigo Hôtel - a Member of Design Hotels £120
        Vertigo Hôtel - a Member of Design Hotels

        Vertigo Hôtel - a Member of Design Hotels

        3 rue Devosge, Dijon, Cote-d'Or
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Faubourg North, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Darcy Square and within 3 miles (5 km) of La Toison d'Or Shopping Center and Zenith Dijon. Dijon Cathedral and Church of Notre Dame are also within 10 minutes. Dijon Station is 7 minutes by foot and Dijon-Porte-Neuve Station is 22 minutes.

          Le Petit Tertre - Chambres d'hotes £82
          Le Petit Tertre - Chambres d'hotes

          Le Petit Tertre - Chambres d'hotes

          41, rue Verrerie, Dijon, Cote-d'Or
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Dijon Centre Ville, this bed & breakfast is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy and within 3 miles (5 km) of La Toison d'Or Shopping Center and Zenith Dijon. Museum of Fine Arts and Church of Notre Dame are also within 5 minutes. Dijon-Porte-Neuve Station is 14 minutes by foot and Dijon Station is 17 minutes.

            La Casa Cosy £87
            La Casa Cosy

            La Casa Cosy

            14 Rue Longepierre, Dijon
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Dijon Centre Ville, this bed & breakfast is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Magnin Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of La Toison d'Or Shopping Center and Zenith Dijon. Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy and Museum of Fine Arts are also within 5 minutes. Dijon-Porte-Neuve Station is 12 minutes by foot and Dijon Station is 17 minutes.

              Hostellerie du Chapeau Rouge £127
              Hostellerie du Chapeau Rouge

              Hostellerie du Chapeau Rouge

              5 Rue Michelet, Dijon, Cote-d'Or
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Dijon Centre Ville, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Dijon Cathedral and within 3 miles (5 km) of La Toison d'Or Shopping Center and Zenith Dijon. Place Emile Zola and Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy are also within 10 minutes. Dijon Station is 8 minutes by foot and Dijon-Porte-Neuve Station is 21 minutes.

                Résidence des Ducs £90
                Résidence des Ducs

                Résidence des Ducs

                3 rue du Palais, Dijon
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Dijon Centre Ville, this apartment building is steps away from Liberation Square, Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy and Museum of Fine Arts. Church of Notre Dame and Dijon Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Dijon Station is 14 minutes by foot and Dijon-Porte-Neuve Station is 15 minutes.