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Maison Joseph Drouhin

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The Cellars od the Kings of France and the Cave of the Parliament

This 13th Century cellar was built on the foundations of the ancient "castrum" (a Roman fort of the 4h Century). The cellar belonged to the Dukes of Burgundy, who owned an important vineyard domaine in Burgundy. Above this cellar is the great hall of the Parliament where the Dukes enacted legislation. The Dukes resided in Dijon, but their court of law was in Beaune. When coming to Beaune, they stayed at the Hôtel des Ducs, which has now become the Wine Museum (Musée du Vin). At the death of Marie de Bourgogne, the cellars became the property of the French crown (under Louis XI, in the 15th Century).