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Dijon, designated a City of Art and History by the French Minister of Culture, has many historic landmarks worth visiting. Just walking through the town center, you will find that the majority of buildings are over 200 years old, with many dating back to the Renaissance or even Middle Ages. The neoclassical Porte Guillaume on place Darcy, erected in honor of the Condé noble family in the 18th century, marks the site of earlier city fortifications from the 1100s.
Dijon is home to many Catholic churches with long histories. The Cathedral of Saint Bénigne, which was started in 1280, has a crypt that is over a thousand years old. Today, the adjoining abbey has been turned into an archaeology museum. The Church of Saint-Michel of the early Renaissance period (both historically and architecturally) was built over a period of 160 years, with the final tower being added in 1667. There is also Notre Dame of Dijon, which was built between 1230 and 1250 and features over 50 gargoyles.
Historic plazas and streets in Dijon include the place Darcy (near the Dijon train station), which is surrounded by mid-1800s Parisian-style buildings and the Porte Guillaume. There is also a garden here that has picnic lawns and play areas for children. Place de la Libération, constructed under Louis XIV, has gone through several renamings. It started out as Place Royale before the French Revolution and became place du Maréchal Pétain during the German occupation of World War II.Museums in Dijon include the Museum of Natural History in the Arquebuse Garden, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Museum of Burgundy Life.