10 Interesting Dijon Facts


Dijon Facts:

  1. The city limits of Dijon date to the Neolithic period.

  2. Dijon is situated at the heart of a plain drained by two small converging rivers: the Suzon & the Ouche.

  3. Dijon is twinned with: Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Dallas, United States; Mainz, Germany; Opole, Poland; Pécs, Hungary; Reggio Emilia, Italy; Skopje, Macedonia; Volgograd, Russia; York, England & Białystok, Poland.

  4. Dijon holds its International and Gastronomic Fair every year in autumn.

  5. The historical center of the city has been registered since July 4, 2015, as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  6. Dijon is the capital of the Côte-d’Or département in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.

  7. Dijon began as a Roman settlement called Divio.

  8. As of 2015, the population of Dijon is around 155,114.

  9. Dijon mustard originated in 1856, when Jean Naigeon of Dijon substituted verjuice, for vinegar in the traditional mustard recipe.

  10. Dijon hosted the Formula 1 French Grand Prix on five occasions from 1974 to 1984.