Founded by Philip the Bold at the end of the 14th century as the necropolis of the Valois dukes of Burgundy, the Chartreuse de Champmol was a prodigious artistic centre where French and northern artists worked together. The monastery, which was dismantled during the French Revolution, has preserved two major works by the Flemish sculptor Claus Sluter: the church portal, depicting Philip the Bold and his wife Marguerite of Flanders, and the Well of Moses. Decorated with majestic statues of King David and Moses, as well as those of the four prophets (Isaiah, Daniel, Zechariah and Jeremiah), the Well was erected in the centre of the great cloister. This strikingly realistic masterpiece by Sluter brilliantly illustrates the richness and finesse of Burgundian-Flemish sculpture from the late 14th century.
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Guided tours by appointment, contact the Dijon Métropole Tourist Office.