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Beaune

 

Beaune is a French commune located in the department of Côte-d'Or and the Burgundy region. Located 45 kilometers south of Dijon and 150 km north of Lyon, it is the sub-prefecture of the district of Beaune. Its inhabitants are called the Beaunois.

In 2007, the population of intramural Beaune was 22,012 inhabitants, which makes it the 2nd commune of Côte-d'Or. The Beaune agglomeration community known as “Beaune, Côte et Sud” has a little over 50,000 inhabitants.

It is also the 8th city of Burgundy, behind the capital and regional capital of Dijon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Nevers, Auxerre, Mâcon, Sens (Yonne), Le Creusot and in front of Montceau-les-Mines.

Heir to a rich historical and architectural heritage, seat of many trading houses, Beaune can be considered the capital of Burgundy wines.

It is a Ville fleurie awarded four flowers and the National Grand Prix distinction. Gold medal at the European Entente Florale competition in 2006.

tourist Office
Tourist Office "Beaune & Pays Beaunois" 6, Bd Perpreuil, Logo indicating a telephone number +33 3 80 26 21 30, email: contacts@beaune-tourisme.fr

 

History

40 km south of Dijon, this small town of 23,000 inhabitants, surrounded like a barrel by its ramparts and bastions, was and remained at the start of the 21st century the center of the Burgundy wine trade. In its venerable wine houses ripen nectars nicely called "still wines".

Parliamentary capital in the fifteenth century in a Duchy of Burgundy which already foreshadows Europe, this city of art and history illustrates all the spiritual, cultural and soon economic adventure of a province in the heart of Europe.

At the edge of the ramparts, a Hôtel-Dieu never stops redeeming the "sins" of a great servant of the "Burgundian state": Nicolas Rolin. This famous site visited by more than 400,000 people each year, rightly boasts of a masterpiece of Flemish painting: the altarpiece of the Last Judgment attributed to the painter Rogier Van der Weyden.

In a city where you can still stroll, we discover a ducal hotel converted into a Wine Museum and located between rue du Paradis and rue d'Enfer - you can't make it up! When leaving the same street, coincidence ?, the gaze is on the collegiate basilica of Notre-Dame, the last daughter of the Abbey of Cluny.

And always, from mansions to mansions, a whole society parades, aristocrats of swords or dresses, merchants and notables but also artists, Félix Ziem paints Venice ... and Jules Marey invents himself as one of the fathers of cinema.

 

Vineyard

A 580 hectare vineyard presents red wines made from Pinot noir. An exceptional estate including 320 hectares in 1er cru (the largest area in 1er cru on the whole coast). Firm, frank, colorful, full of fire and bouquet, mellow, such are the wines of Beaune. The Duke of Clarence condemned to death by his brother the King of England exclaimed: "I want to be drowned in a barrel of Beaune wine so that my death will be effortless and good". What better promotion ...

 

Music

Beaune loves Music, ancient, modern, classical…… always eclectic.

In July, the International Baroque Opera Festival opens the ball. By its notoriety and its audience, this event is one of the most prestigious festivals in Europe. Every year since 1983, the meetings have perpetuated the musical tradition of the court of the Dukes of Burgundy considered one of the most brilliant and sumptuous of the fifteenth century.

In September, it's the Jazz harvest with Jazz à Beaune and Grands Vins de Bourgogne. New talents and great international, American and European artists perform in the intimate atmosphere of the Beaune theater. The formula that made the festival known and won over festival-goers: tastings of Burgundy wines before each concert, and a program that will combine swing, blues, harmonies and improvisations.

Just before Christmas, the Beaune Blues Boogie Festival brings together the best blues and boogie woogie pianists and musicians from France, Germany, USA, Guadeloupe who perform as solo piano, piano duo and orchestra.

This exclusive formula inspired by the famous Parisian festival “Les Nuits jazz & Boogie piano” owes everything to its creator, Jean Pierre Bertrand, an outstanding pianist, won over by the terroir and the conviviality of Beaune and its vineyards.

Cinema
Beaune and the cinema: a beautiful story that began more than a century ago, even before the official birth of the cinematograph, thanks to the invention of Etienne-Jules Marey's chrono-photographic rifle.

 

Since then, Beaune has taken up the challenge of a city-studio, by offering a formidable natural backdrop to the greatest directors, of La Grande Vadrouille, an anthology film shot in the heart of Burgundy's most famous monument, the Hospices, to the recent success of Claude Lelouch, Roman de Gare.

This long link between Beaune and the cinema continues its path and is embodied today with strength and originality, with the creation of a Cinema School and the opening of the Maison du Mouvement, after the arrival of a complex. state-of-the-art cinematography.