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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Beaune is the wine capital of Burgundy in the Cote d'Or department in eastern France. It is located between Paris and Geneva.

Beaune is one of the key wine centers in France. Indeed the annual wine auction of the Hospices de Beaune is the primary wine auction in France. Beaune is surrounded by some of the world's most famous wine villages; the facilities and cellars of many producers large and small are in Beaune.

It is an ancient and historic town on the plain, by the hills of the Cote d'Or. There are features from pre-Roman and Roman times, from antiquity, medieval, renaissance and modern times.

Beaune is a walled city: about half of the battlements, ramparts, and the moat, remain in good condition. The central "old town" is extensive. Historically Beaune is intimately connected with the Dukes of Burgundy.

Landmarks in Beaune include the Halles, the Hospices, the Beffroi, and Notre Dame.

There is extensive "traditional" shopping clustered around the central square with a focus on gourmet food, fashion, and wine. Large supermarkets, business parks, etc., are on the outskirts of town. Beaune is the center for wine industry services (such as tractor and cuverie equipment) and a number of wine-related institutes and education facilities. The train station is served by TGV, through Dijon or Lyon.

Beaune has a major fine food market on Saturdays with a large number of suppliers of everything produced in Burgundy and surrounding regions (for example, Bresse chickens, Jura cheeses, smallgoods, epicerie, produce of every type and seasonal specialties such as truffles).<ref>Ville de Beaune, Faire son marché </ref> There is a smaller market on Wednesday. There are special-event markets and fetes throughout the year.

Beaune enjoys a good amount of tourism, but it is not primarily a tourist-driven town, as it is sustained by the wine industry. There are about five traditional smaller hotels intramuros and about five chain hotels on the outskirts.

Technically Beaune is a commune in eastern France, a sub-prefecture of department 21, the Côte-d'Or department, in the Bourgogne region.

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