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“Small but perfectly formed”
Review of Notre Dame

Notre Dame
Ranked #5 of 70 things to do in Dijon
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Owner description: Early 13th-century gothic church features gargoyles and slender columns topped by the famous 14th-century Jacquemart Clock.
Reviewed March 1, 2013

Notre Dame isnt as imposing as its Pariseanne namesake, tucked away in the centre of Dijon, but I can honestly say its architecture and sculpture on its frontage is as equally impressive

Small and dark inside the stained glass windows are beautiful

Nice place to spend 20 mins or so

1  Thank MJH1
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

We went to visit the Notre-dame on our walking tour through Dijon. It's really beautiful, and although not as big and well-known as the one in Paris it's still well worth the visit. The only thing that is slightly annoying is the people begging for money outside the entrance of the Cathedral. There is no entry-fee, so don't get fooled by these people.

1  Thank lreburger
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

I absolutely loved Dijon’s Notre Dame Cathedral, an architectural delight of Burgundian Gothic Style—most striking because of its tall, incredibly slender colonettes and delicate spires. The building dates from the 13th century, and much of its stained glass is original. The church is also topped on the right of its facade by a clock, called the Jacquemart Clock which was brought to Dijon by Phillip the Bold from Flanders in the 14th century. It has become one of the most recognized sites in Dijon.

Inside, the cathedral is soothing and warm—even on a winter day of snow. It’s definitely an ideal space for rest and reflection. The cathedral’s most sacred item is its famous Black Virgin, also called Our Lady of Good Hope. In 1513, this 11th century wooden image of Mary was credited with freeing the besieged city from the Swiss; and in 1944, she was credited with influencing the Germans to suddenly and almost miraculously lift their siege of Dijon. Her shrine is to the right of the main altar and near a spectacular display of stained glass. There’s a great energy of peace and inspiration here.

When you leave the cathedral, be sure to go to the right side of the cathedral (the side that has a street running by)—the Rue de la Chouette /Street of the Owl. Here, the famous Dijon Owl sits around six feet from the ground. For good luck, rub the owl WITH YOUR LEFT HAND. Don’t forget! He will impart wisdom and a sharp sense of direction, so you’ll never get lost on your many adventures!

TIP: Dijon's Notre Dame is located in the heart of Dijon’s historical center—behind the Ducal Palaces, steps from both the Francoise Rude Square and Les Halles Food Market. For the most picturesque approach to the cathedral, start from Rude Square and take the Rue des Forges to the Notre Dame Cathedral Square. Rue des Forges is the most picturesque street in Dijon that has the famous multi-colored tiled roofs.

5  Thank Loretta R
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

My girlfriend and I had just returned from a day trip to Beaune (36 km away) and took a walk through the town at dusk. As it turned dark, we walked past Notre Dame. The colors were just perfect. I took this on a point and shoot camera.
It wasn't until I'd returned home that I found out that this was Dijon's Notre Dame Cathedral. It was spectacular.

Thank EBoner
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

You cannot imagine the sheer scale, beauty and immense detail of this church. Baffling...second only to the Segrada Familia in Barcelona.

Thank MKK0524
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