The walled city of Beaune is a beautifully preserved medieval town at the center of the Burgundy winemaking region in France. Its history goes back over 2,000 years. It was a Gallic sanctuary, then a Roman town. Until the 14th century, it was the residence of the ducs de Bourgogne. Surrounded by the Côte d`Or vineyards, the cobbled town is renowned for an annual wine auction held at the Hôtel-Dieu. Recognized by its colorful, geometric-patterned tile roof, this 15th-century former hospital is now the Hôtel-Dieu Museum, showcasing masterpieces like "The Jugement Dernier" by Rogier van der Weyden. Beaune is a city of art and of history which illustrates the spiritual, cultural and economic development of the entire region of Burgundy.
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