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The Church of Notre-Dame de Dijon: photo, description Eglise Notre-Dame de Dijon)

Many of the French churches have some unique feature - a rare value stored in the Cathedral, or an interesting story associated with its construction, or important events that happened in this building. The Notre Dame Church in Dijon has several such features, they certainly are, and sculptural decorations on its walls, and its bell-tower clock which beats the time and the oldest in France, a wooden statue of the Black Madonna.

The construction of this Church began in the first half of the XIII century on the site of the chapel which stood there for nearly a hundred years. The Church was rebuilt several times, and its last reconstruction was done in the second half of the XVIII century. The Church Notre Dame in Dijon is recognized as the most compact of the Gothic churches of Burgundy, as its length is 46 metres. Perhaps the Church would be more if at the time of construction it was not so tightly clustered around a nearby building.

The walls of the Church adorn, and may be guarded by fifty gargoyles and one owl. The owl is the symbol of Dijon, and, according to local legend, it grants wishes, if you touch her hand. Owls in Dijon love, there is even a tourist route "In the footsteps of the owl", where the symbols of the city marked with places that guests of Dijon is worth a visit for sure. Most of these owls along the route there are more than two dozen, and the first of them is on the pavement of the square Darcy. But the gargoyles dianzi't really complain. The fact that during the construction of the Church Notre-Dame, one of the figures broke down the wall and fell on the townspeople, killing him. The residents of Dijon demanded to remove from the walls of the Church of these monsters. The authorities complied with their requirements, and the gargoyles returned to the façade of the Church only in the nineteenth century.

In the bell tower of Notre Dame can be seen the clock, in which human figures beat the hammers time. They appeared on the bell tower in the fourteenth century as a gift to Philip the Bold. First figurine in the clock was one, she was given the name Paris, but gradually this man got a "family" - he had a wife and two children. Latest "addition" occurred in the late nineteenth century.

The interior of the Church is decorated with paintings (XV century), stained glass (the XIII - XV century), tapestries (XVI century), the altar of the XVII century and the sculpture "the Black Madonna".