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Baiona

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Rue du port neuf in Baiona, capital town of the small basque province of Lapurdi.

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A: Rue du Port Neuf

by josu barandiaran, 30 meters away

Rue du Port Neuf in the city center of Baiona.

Rue du Port Neuf

B: Baiona

by josu barandiaran, 120 meters away

Baiona

C: Bayonne

by Maurice Rebeix, 210 meters away

Cathédrale de Bayonne (13éme / 16ème siècle)

Bayonne

D:

by Rodrigo Gonzalez, 6.7 km away

E: Biarritz

by Maurice Rebeix, 6.8 km away

Merry-Go-Round facing the Grande Plage (Grand Beach) - Biarritz

Biarritz

F: Biarritz Beach

by Carsten Arenz, 7.0 km away

Biarritz Beach

G:

by Rodrigo Gonzalez, 7.0 km away

H: Chateau d`Arcangues

by Alexander Kalashnikoff, 7.0 km away

Chateau d`Arcangues

Chateau d`Arcangues

I: Biarritz Ocean View

by Carsten Arenz, 7.1 km away

Biarritz Ocean View

J: Sunrise

by Alexander Kalashnikoff, 7.1 km away

Sunrise Allée Port des Pêcheurs

Sunrise

This panorama was taken in Northern Spain, 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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