One of the regions of central France is Burgundy(Bourgogne). The region has four departments, namely Yonne, Cote-d’Or, Saone-et Loire and Nievr.
During its history, Burgundy has had as its inhabitants Celts and Gallo-Romans and in the 4th century the region had as his citizens the Romans which were at that time allied with the Burgundians. They formed a kingdom for themselves and established there, however they were conquered by the Franks in the 6th century who took over the kingdom and continued it under their own rule.
The kingdom was later separated into the County of Burgundy to the east and the Duchy of Burgundy to the west. The County of Burgundy became the province of Franche-Comte while the Duchy of Burgundy became the province of Burgundy.
The base of Burgundy’s existence in modern times is the separation of the Frankish Empire that took place later on. As a result, four Burgundies were formed, namely, the Duchy of Burgundy, the County of Burgundy, the Kingdom of Upper Burgundy and the Kingdom of Lower Burgundy. As time went by, Lower Burgundy and Upper Burgundy were reunified in 937 and attached to the Holy Roman Empire under the name Kingdom of Arles, in 1032. The duchy of Burgundy was incorporated into France only in 1678 and until then it was lightly associated with the Holy Roman Empire. The incorporation of the Duchy of Burgundy was done with the Treaties of Nijmegen.
Now-a-days the region of Burgundy is smaller than the area under the rule of the Dukes of Burgundy and it is bigger than the old Duchy of Burgundy. The region has several old provinces, namely the Champagne-Ardenne region, the Nivernais, the northern half of Yonne and Burgundy, which means the Cote-d’Or, the southern half of Yonne and the Saone-et Loire.
If you’ve decided by now that you want to move to Burgundy and you haven’t decided where, you must take into account some of the major communities that appertain to the region, such as Auxerre, Dijon, Ce-Creusot, Nevers and Sens.
There are various locations you would want to visit if you’re ever in Burgundy, such as the Palais des ducs de Bourgogne, Les Hospices de Beaune, La basilique romane de Paray-le-Monial, the Abbaye de Cluny and the Temple of a Thousand Buddhas among others. These are a must-see in the region of Burgundy and a fine example of what it can offer.
Burgundy is quite well known for its delicious red and white wine that is made mostly out of Chardonnay and Pinot noir grapes. In the areas used for the production of wine, you can find several other grape families such as Pinot blanc, Sauvignon blanc, Gamay and Aligote. The region is divided into the Cote-d’Or, Chablis, Macon, Cote Chalonnaise and Beaujolais. The most valued and most expensive Burgundies can be found in Cote-d’Or.
The wine in the Burgundy region is famous and of good quality and as the quantities that are produced every year isn’t very large, it only adds to the high price. These wines have a high demand and are high up in the price ranking because of their extravagant price. Nevertheless the sceneries that are displayed are breathtaking and the atmosphere the region has invokes pleasurable sensations to all. Even the cuisine is influenced by this atmosphere and as a result some famous dishes were born in this very region, such as the Epoisses de Bourgogne cheese, the beef bourguignon and the coq au vin.
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