Saturday, July 28, 2012

Architectural Delights of Dijon

Dijon, known throughout the world for it's famous mustard and wines, is also a city full of many medieval architectural treasures. During the 11th to 15th century, it was a city of great wealth and a centre for art, learning and science. Many of these buildings and works of art have survived and are still in use today.

The "chouette", (or owl), is considered to be a good luck charm in Dijon and the symbol can be found scattered throughout the city, sometimes in unexpected places.  Here it has been set into the sidewalks.
An architectural peculiarity of Burgundy are the polychrome glazed roof tiles in terracotta, green, yellow and black, arranged in geometric patterns.  (I see a pieced quilt coming from this tour of Burgundy!)
One of the many intricately carved doors found throughout the historic centre of town. (Inspiration for a free-motion quilting design?)
These half timbered houses, some dating as far back as the 12th century, are still in full use as commercial spaces or as apartments. It's not unusual to see a satellite dish peeking out of a window.
The Church of Notre Dame (13th C), although one of the smaller churches in the town, is known for it's art and architecture. The vibrantly coloured stained glass windows date back to the 13th century. (Surely inspiration for some applique!)
There were also some spectacular tapestries in the church, unfortunately the light was too dark for a photo.

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