Saint Bénigne Cathedral of Dijon, don’t miss the crypt

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The Saint Bénigne Cathedral is 93m high. It has a choir and nave typical of the gothic style. It has a flamboyant polychrome roof. It’s a beautiful cathedral near the Darcy square.

History of Saint Bénigne Cathedral

The history of St Bénigne Cathedral of Dijon in Burgundy begins in the year 177 AC. A group of Christians travel through the Saone valley to spread a new religion, Catholicism. One of them, Benignus (Bénigne) has been arrested in the roman city of Divio known as Dijon nowadays. He became a martyr.

In the 6th century, Grégoire de Langres decided to build a basilica at the place of the grave of Benignus. This basilica has evolved through the centuries to become the actual Saint Bénigne Cathedral of Dijon.

The actual Cathedral was rebuilt in 1280 after a great fire almost destroyed Dijon.

The crypt

The crypt is a masterpiece of Romanesque burgundian art. It has been discovered at the end of the 19th century. The crypt has a specific circular shape. The sarcophagus of Benignus was at the center of the crypt and the pilgrims used to go around following the circle.

Saint-Benigne-crypt

Nowadays the sarcophagus of Benignus is not at the center of the crypt but a bit further inside the crypt.

Benignus was the first apostle of Burgundy. He’s a martyr because of the Romans tortures. They pierced him with spears, put molten bronze on his feet, crushed his fingers and finally killed him with an iron bar.

Inside the Cathedral

The nave has a typical Burgundian gothic style. It has five ribbed vault ogives.

Inside the Cathedral you can see a big organ. The organ has been built in the 18th century. It has 6000 pipes and 5 keyboards.

orgue

There’s a free guided visit of the carillon and organ on Saturdays and Sundays at 2h45 PM and 4h PM.

Crypt schedule:
Weekdays from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Sundays from 2 PM to 5:30 PM.

Mass schedule:
Sunday mass: 10h AM, 11h30 AM, 8PM
During week: 6h30 PM

Check the page of the Cathedral website for detailed schedule.

Address: Place Saint Bénigne 21000 Dijon

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