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Dijon is a city in eastern France, in the Burgundy region. The city began as a Roman settlement, built on the route between Lyon and Paris, called Divio. It is claimed that the city’s patron saint, Saint Benignus, introduced Christianity to the region before being martyred.
From the early 11th century Dijon was the capital of the Duchy of Burgundy and home to the Dukes of Bugundy. Between the 11th and 15th centuries Dijon was a tremendously wealthy and powerful city and considered on of the great European centres of art, learning and science. The city was occupied by Nazi Germany in 1940 until it was freed by the Allied Powers in 1944. Despite this, and the Franco-Prussian War, Dijon has avoided large scale destruction and much of it old architecture remains.