Dijon Cathedral (Cathedral of Saint Benignus of Dijon)
Said to be built on the grave of St. Benignus—Burgundy’s first martyr, who was executed by the Romans for heresy in the 3rd century—the Dijon Cathedral is one of the city’s key historical highlights. Originally built in a Romanesque style—and later rebuilt according to Gothic traditions following a devastating fire and a later collapse—the cathedral is known for its relatively spare and austere design, though its distinctive turrets and colorful roof tiles give it a personality all its own.
The cathedral can be seen during Dijon walking and sightseeing tours and is also easy to visit independently, as it’s right in the center of town.
Things to know before you go
- A highlight of the cathedral is its 10th-century crypt, which includes St. Benignus’ relics and striking architectural features.
- The cathedral itself is free to enter, though there is an additional charge if you wish to explore the crypt.
- Once inside, discover the landmark’s Roman-era artifacts and relics, and learn more about its history.
- You can pick up souvenirs at the on-site cathedral shop.
- The Dijon Cathedral is included in the Historic Center of Dijon UNESCO World Heritage Site.
How to get there
The Dijon Cathedral is conveniently located in the heart of Dijon. It is less than a 10-minute walk from the Gare de Dijon: Dijon’s main train station, which is served by numerous mainline trains. It can also be reached by the T1 and T2 trams, which stop nearby at Darcy, and can be accessed by bike and by taxi.
When to get there
The Dijon Cathedral is open every day, and Mass is held several times per day, throughout the week. If visiting when a service is in session, remember to be quiet and respectful.
Concerts at the Cathedral
The Dijon Cathedral hosts a regular schedule of organ performances on Friday afternoons that are free for members of the public to attend. Additionally, carillon concerts are held at the beginning of August each year, and the cathedral has several choirs who perform regularly.
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