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Nearby images in Northern Spain

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A: Harpea

by josu barandiaran, 5.1 km away

Harpea is a shelter under the rock, used by shepherds of the Basque Country to keep their sheeps. The...

Harpea

B: Burdincurutcheta

by Maurice Rebeix, 12.8 km away

Col de Burdincurutcheta - Pays Basque / Burdincurutcheta Pass - Basque Country

Burdincurutcheta

C: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

by Maurice Rebeix, 13.0 km away

Saint Jean Pied de Port - Pont sur la Nive de Béhérobie Chemin de Saint Jacques de Compostelle / Path...

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

D: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

by Maurice Rebeix, 13.1 km away

Saint Jean Pied de Port - Rue de la CitadelleChemin de St Jacques de Compostelle - Path to Santiago d...

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

E: GRAN BOSQUE

by Lademanda manda, 15.7 km away

GRAN BOSQUE

F: Urrizpilota

by josu barandiaran, 17.6 km away

Mountain close to the Baztan valley in Navarre, it offers a great view of the lands on the other side...

Urrizpilota

G: IRATI

by Lademanda manda, 18.2 km away

IRATI

H: El bosque de Navarra

by Alex Veselin, 22.4 km away

The forest in Navarra

El bosque de Navarra

I: SAIOA

by Lademanda manda, 25.3 km away

SAIOA

J: Saioa_II

by Lademanda manda, 25.6 km away

Saioa_II

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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