The Well of Moses
A masterpiece monumental sculpture of the Dutch artist Claus Sluter in 1395. The style has Gothic grandeur combined with a European realism, but on a monumental scale rarely seen. It consists of a large crucifixion scene of a tall cross surmounting a hexagonal base, which was surrounded by the figures of the six prophets who had foreseen the death of Christ (Moses, David, Jeremiah, Zachariah, Daniel and Isaiah). The work was damaged in 1791, during the French Revolution and only fragments of the Crucifixion scene survive, which are now housed in the Musée Archéologique in Dijon.
The Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy is a well preserved historic palace in Dijon. The oldest part is from the 14th and 15th century Gothic Ducal Palace and seat of the Dukes of Burgundy. Today, the palace is still part of Dijon politics with the Mayor of Dijon’s office within. It’s also a museum with the ground floor dedicated to the palace’s and Dijon’s history and the east wing containing the Musee des Beaux-Arts, one of the Frances premier art museums.
Cathedral of Saint Benignus of Dijon
To the west of the Ducal palace the twin-towered Cathédrale St. Bénigne stands in Gothic majesty. This large church is the seat of the Archbishopric of Dijon, and is a French national monument. Originally a Benedictine abbey, the cathedral is the product of a many reconstructions over its 1,500 year history. Today, in addition to being a national monument, the church is as a museum with primarily Roman and medieval artifacts.
Musée de la Vie Bourguignonne
This is situated in the cloister of a former Bernardine convent building and houses a collection to display every day life of rural and urban people in Dijon, from the 18C to the 20C. The Museum is over three floors. The ground floor has exhibits covering rural life of Burgundy in the late 1800s, the 1st floor shows daily life in Dijon from the late 1700s until the 2nd World War and the 2nd floor has a reading room and library as well as audio visual displays.