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Dijon Cathedral: photos, description (Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon)

Cathedral in Dijon bears the name of St. Benin (or Benign) and is a national historic landmark and one of the few in France medieval religious buildings, almost completely preserved to the present time. The Cathedral is also recognized as the highest building of Dijon, its height is 93 meters. The temple is located West of the Central square of the city.

The status of a Cathedral, this temple was purchased in 1731, when Pope Clement XII established the diocese of Dijon. The building was erected in the second half of the IX century on the site of the Church of St. Gregory of earlier buildings (VI century). It is known that the original structure was built in the Romanesque style, the nave in length was 115 meters. From the first Church have been preserved underground crypt, which holds the remains of St. Benigna, who during his life paid the locals to Christianity and accepted a Martyr's death, and Duke of Burgundy Philip III the Good.

The Cathedral of St. Benigna was repeatedly rebuilt first after the great city fire in 1137, and then after the collapse of the Church tower in 1271, and seriously damaged the building of the temple. Ten years later began a new reconstruction, which lasted 20 years and was conducted on donations from wealthy residents, and it resulted in the appearance of the building, which residents and visitors can see Dijon for more than seven centuries. During the great French revolution, the temple suffered some losses, but significant changes in his appearance did not happen. The image of the Cathedral of St. Benigna centuries later called stylistically unified and complete example of Gothic architecture.