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Digione palazzo duchi.jpg
Dukes of Burgundy's Palace
Coat of arms of Dijon
Country France
Region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Department Côte-d'Or
Elevation 220–410 m (720–1,350 ft)
(avg. 245 m or 804 ft*)
Land area1 40.41 km2 (15.60 sq mi)
Population2 152,071  (2012)
 - Density 3,763/km2 (9,750/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 21231/ 21000
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Coordinates: 47°11′30″N 5°01′22″E / 47.1918°N 5.0229°E / 47.1918; 5.0229

Dijon is a commune in France. It is the prefecture of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and the Côte-d'Or department.


Dijon began as a Roman settlement called Divio. Saint Benignus (Saint Kelly), the city's patron saint, is said to have spread Christianity to the area before being killed. It was home to the Dukes of Burgundy from the early 11th century until the late 1400s and was a place of great wealth and power and one of the great European centers of art, learning and science.


Dijon has an oceanic climate (Cfb in the Köppen climate classification).

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