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Marais Poitevin - a view from the bridge of Le Vanneau

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Visit the marvellous Marais Poitevin, a natural area preserved to conserve beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna. CRTPC©S.Charbeau

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A: Marais Poitevin Tetard

by Yannick Chosse, 7.5 km away

Image typique du marais poitevin, têtard est le nom donné aux arbres taillés pour retenir les berges ...

Marais Poitevin Tetard

B: Marais Poitevin St Sigismond

by Yannick Chosse, 8.1 km away

Le marais poitevin à Saint Sigismond

Marais Poitevin St Sigismond

C: Marais Poitevin, chemin

by Yannick Chosse, 8.7 km away

Chemin du marais poitevin et têtards

Marais Poitevin, chemin

D: Roussille Ecluse Auberge

by Yannick Chosse, 10.3 km away

Écluse de la Roussille sur la Sèvre niortaise. Auberge de la Roussille

Roussille Ecluse Auberge

E: Oulmes Eglise Romane

by Yannick Chosse, 11.5 km away

Eglise romane de Oulmes, la porte du marais poitevin

Oulmes Eglise Romane

F: Maillezais St Nicolas Romane

by Yannick Chosse, 11.6 km away

Eglise Saint Nicolas de Maillezais, architecture romane proche de l'abbaye de Maillezais

Maillezais St Nicolas Romane

G: Nieul Autise Abbaye

by Yannick Chosse, 14.4 km away

Abbaye romane de Nieul sur l'Autise.

Nieul Autise Abbaye

H: Marans Ecluse

by Yannick Chosse, 27.9 km away

Le port de Marans, vue de l'écluse

Marans Ecluse

I: Marans Port

by Yannick Chosse, 28.1 km away

Le port de Marans, vue de la cale du chantier naval

Marans Port

This panorama was taken in France

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France is affectionately referred to as "the Hexagon" for its overall shape.

French history goes back to the Gauls, a Celtic tribe which inhabited the area circa 300BC until being conquered by Julius Caesar.

The Franks were the first tribe to adopt Catholic Christianity after the Roman Empire collapsed. France became an independent location in the Treaty of Verdun in (843 AD), which divided up Charlemagne's Carolingian Empire into several portions.

The French monarchy reached its zenith during the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King, who stood for seventy-two years as the Monarch of all Monarchs. His palace of Versailles and its Hall of Mirrors are a splendid treasure-trove of Baroque art.

The French Revolution ended the rule of the monarchy with the motto "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!" On July 14th, 1789 angry mobs stormed La Bastille prison and began the Revolution in which Louis XVI, his wife Marie-Antoinette and thousands of others met the guillotine.

One decade after the revolution, Napolean Bonaparte seized control of the Republic and named himself Emperor. His armies conquered most of Europe and his Napoleonic Code became a lasting legal foundation for concepts of personal status and property.

During the period of colonization France controlled the largest empire in the world, second only to Britain.

France is one of the founding members of the European Union and the United Nations, as well as one of the nuclear armed nations of the world.

Text by Steve Smith.

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