Tour Philippe le Bon

The Tour Philippe Le Bon is the most prominent structure on the grounds of the castle that was once home to the Dukes and States of Burgundy. 'Tour de la Terrasse' literally translates to 'tower of the terrace.'

Because it is one of the tallest in the city and is vying with the church spires for the title of the tallest building, you will be able to recognize this structure when you see it on the horizon.


Discover the background of the location and the significant figures who played a role in its creation of it:

When the famous Valois Dukes ruled over Dijon in the city's illustrious medieval past, the tower reminded them of their reign.

Jean Poncelet, an architect, based in Lyon, was the one who was in charge of drawing up the drawings for the palace. It was constructed in the city's heart between 1450 and 1460 as a symbol of the control and magnificence held by the Dukes of Burgundy.

Gain an understanding of the functional purpose that the site was steeped in:

Between 1783 and 1940, the Tour Philippe le Bon summit was an astronomical observatory location.

One of the 11 most important in all of Europe and home to some of the most exquisite instruments found anywhere in the world.

Learn about its history, a convoluted story that begins in the Middle Ages continues through the Occupation, and continues into the Enlightenment. It is full of science and intriguing personalities.

Behold sparkling views from the vantage point:

At the summit of its 316 stairs, visitors are rewarded with a stunning panorama that takes into the entirety of the town of Dijon as well as the surrounding countryside in which it is situated. A sight encompasses the whole of the city, and it is said that on a clear day, one may even be able to see Mont Blanc in the distance from the top of the structure. The view from the top of the structure is breathtaking, and its height of 46 meters gives it a commanding presence over the city below it.

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Address of Tour Philippe le Bon

Place des ducs de bourgogne, Dijon France

Opening & Closing time of Tour Philippe le Bon

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