Arche Vens - Mercantour National Park
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Panoramic photo by Thierry Blondeau EXPERT Taken 13:05, 23/08/2007 - Views loading...

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Arche Vens - Mercantour National Park

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Refuge de Rabuons (parc du Mercantour)

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A: Refuge De Vens Mercantour

by Thierry Blondeau, 510 meters away

Refuge De Vens Mercantour

Refuge De Vens Mercantour

B: Aiguilles De Tortisse Mercantour

by Thierry Blondeau, 990 meters away

Aiguilles De Tortisse Mercantour

Aiguilles De Tortisse Mercantour

C: Camps Des Fourches Col De La Bonette

by Thierry Blondeau, 6.1 km away

Camps Des Fourches Col De La Bonetteparc national du mercantour

Camps Des Fourches Col De La Bonette

D: Refuge de Rabuons (parc du Mercantour)

by Thierry Blondeau, 6.6 km away

Refuge de Rabuons (parc du Mercantour)

Refuge de Rabuons (parc du Mercantour)

E: Crete De La Cime De Costabella Italia

by Jeremie Winterman, 6.8 km away

Crete De La Cime De Costabella Italia

F: Vallon De Costabella Italia

by Jeremie Winterman, 7.0 km away

Vallon De Costabella Italia

G: Gite Lou Bella Vista Auron

by Thierry Blondeau, 10.4 km away

Gite Lou Bella Vista Auron www.loubellavista.com

Gite Lou Bella Vista Auron

H: Col De La Bonette

by andrea-repetto, 10.5 km away

Col De La Bonette

I: Col de la Bonnette Parc du Mercantour

by Patrick Weingarten, 10.6 km away

The mountain pass of Bonette is a road mountain pass at 2 715 metres of altitude, which links up the ...

Col de la Bonnette Parc du Mercantour

J: Cime De La Bonnette Mercantour

by Thierry Blondeau, 10.6 km away

Cime De La Bonnette Mercantour2860 m surplombe la route la plus haute d'europe à 2802m

Cime De La Bonnette Mercantour

This panorama was taken in France

This is an overview of France

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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