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Panoramic photo by Роман Осташ EXPERT Taken 19:30, 23/08/2011 - Views loading...

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A: Parc Floral Paris

by Роман Осташ, 30 meters away

Parc Floral Paris

B: Parc Floral

by Роман Осташ, 70 meters away

Parc Floral

C: Parc Floral de Paris (valley of flowers)

by Franck Masschelein, 170 meters away

This is a view on the valley of flowers of the Parc Floral de Paris. The shot was taken in november 2...

Parc Floral de Paris (valley of flowers)

D: Fort de Vincennes

by Роман Осташ, 600 meters away

Fort de Vincennes

E: The Château de Vincennes (the court)

by Franck Masschelein, 640 meters away

This is a view of the Château de Vincennes. The photo was taken between the Tour du Bois - Arc de Tri...

The Château de Vincennes (the court)

F: Château de Vincennes and Chapelle

by Andrea Biffi, 660 meters away

The Château de Vincennes is a massive 14th and 17th century French royal castle in the town of Vincen...

Château de Vincennes and Chapelle

G: La Sainte Chapelle, Vincennes, Paris

by Antushev Vladimir, 670 meters away

La Sainte Chapelle, Vincennes, Paris

H: The Château de Vincennes (the Sainte-Chapelle and the donjon)

by Franck Masschelein, 700 meters away

This is a view of the Château de Vincennes. The photo was taken between the Portique Le Vau (south), ...

The Château de Vincennes (the Sainte-Chapelle and the donjon)

I: Chateau De Vincennes Paris

by Antushev Vladimir, 710 meters away

Chateau De Vincennes Paris

J: Fort de Vincennes HDR

by Роман Осташ, 710 meters away

Fort de Vincennes HDR

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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