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BFF-2012

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A: Pano2 003 Panorama

by Coeckelberghs Nicolas, 14.8 km away

Pano2 003 Panorama

B: Rammed earth heritage

by Coeckelberghs Nicolas, 14.8 km away

Heritage of rammed earth building around de lake Paladru in France. Study by the DSA group of 2012-20...

Rammed earth heritage

C: Rammed earth heritage 2

by Coeckelberghs Nicolas, 14.8 km away

Rammed earth heritage 2

D: Rammed earth heritage 4

by Coeckelberghs Nicolas, 14.9 km away

Rammed earth heritage 4

E: Les Grands Ateliers

by Coeckelberghs Nicolas, 21.2 km away

During the festival grains d'Isère organized by Craterre, BuildingCaseStudies or BCS had the great pl...

Les Grands Ateliers

F: Medieval Tower of Morestel

by Galliez Stephane, 21.4 km away

Il ne subsiste aujourd'hui du château de Morestel que l'ancien donjon : grosse tour carrée, restaurée...

Medieval Tower of Morestel

G: My house from above

by Thomas Demolliens, 25.3 km away

Shot from hexacopter F550 with GoPro

My house from above

H: Notre-Dame des Sommets, Montaud

by Andy Bryant, 30.3 km away

View over Montaud from the Notre-Dame des Sommets, erected by the father Emile Neraud, former mission...

Notre-Dame des Sommets, Montaud

I: Grande Sure Chartreuse

by Andy Bryant, 31.8 km away

Grande Sure is a 1920m mountain on the western ridge of the Chartreuse Mountains, close to Grenoble. ...

Grande Sure Chartreuse

J: Pas De La Cle Vercors

by Andy Bryant, 32.7 km away

The Pas de la Cle is on the Northern end of the Vercors plateau (les Balcons Nord du Vercors), and a ...

Pas De La Cle Vercors

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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