Church of Saint-Bernard

In front of his castle of Fontaine, Aleth de Montbard, had a chapel built in 1102; dedicated to St. Ambrosinian. She was the mother of Bernard de Fontaine, the future St Bernard, born at the Château de Fontaine (near Dijon). The present church under the name of St Bernard is built on its site, and the present building has a construction dating back to the 14th and 16th centuries.

About this building

The church has a longitudinal plan, a nave composed of two bays and narrow aisles. It is 44 metres long and ends with a flat west chevet. Its stone porch dates from the last quarter of the 19th century. It has a beautiful statuary and two remarkable 16th-century pillar altars, and the Gothic north portal presents sclupted in stone a snail and the salamander of Francis I, facing him a 16th-century cemetery cross. The south wall contains impressive mural paintings, and the octagonal bell tower on the façade contains 5 bells.

Key Features

  • Monuments

Visitors information

  • Parking within 250m
  • Café within 500m

Other nearby buildings

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Dijon Cathedral

Dijon's Saint-Bénigne Cathedral is a Gothic church dating from the 13th century. Originally an abbey church, it only became a cathedral in 1792 following the church of Saint Etienne de Dijon which had first received the seat of the bishopric of Dijon created in 1731. The crypt, founded in the 6th century, is the oldest part of the building, which is thought to be the origin of the building as it housed the tomb of Saint Bénigne. The church was given a rotunda in the 11th century, which was destroyed in 1792, except for the crypt on the lower floor of the rotunda.

Church of Notre-Dame of Dijon

A chapel was first built in the 12th century on the site of the current Notre-Dame church. After a Romanesque construction, the current Gothic church was built in the years 1220-1240. The church was notably restored in the 19th century by Jean-Charles Laisné (notably the tower of the transept crossing).