L'église Monolithe de Saint Émilion
Lots of visitors, especially wine sommeliers come to St Émilion for its renown wine produce. St Émilion wine we've been told come in 5 various classes: St Émilion, St Émilion Grand Cru, St Émilion Grand Cru Superior, Superior Class A and the topmost, Superior Class B which could cost hundreds - if not thousands of euros - a bottle. The visit itself is not complete without the tower visits from both the Kings Keep and the Église Monolith viewed here from the restaurant square. These were used as watch towers during the 100 year war between France and England. Don't be surprised at the number of English visitors you'd come across when you're here. The clock tower seems to have lost its time, stuck at 5:27, but this was actually taken at lunch time. Thus explaining the human traffic, it's time for the restaurants to get serving!
Saint-Emilion By Night
Saint-Emilion, son vignoble et son paysage sont inscrits au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO.
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.