Les Baux-de-Provence, France
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Les Baux-de-Provence, France

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A: Restaurant Creperie Les Baux France

by Mark Fink, 30 meters away

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B: Les Baux-de-Provence, France

by Joop Greypink, 60 meters away

Les Baux-de-Provence, France

C: Museum Les Baux France

by Mark Fink, 60 meters away

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D: Les Baux-de-Provence

by OLIVIER CHARLOIS, 100 meters away

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E: Eglise Saint Vincent Les Baux Provence France

by Mark Fink, 120 meters away

Towards the southern end of Les Baux, you will find the Eglise Saint-Vincent, (church of Saint Vincen...

Eglise Saint Vincent Les Baux Provence France

F: Les Baux Battlements Provence France

by Mark Fink, 140 meters away

In its day, the fortress at Les Baux must have been impressive. Its ruins still are. You can see here...

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G: Img 594659

by josu barandiaran, 160 meters away

Les Baux is a small village of the Provence (France). A castle overlooks the village from its position.

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H: Castle of Baux lookout

by Jakub Hruska, 170 meters away

Castle of Baux lookout

I: Castle of Baux de Provence

by Jakub Hruska, 220 meters away

Castle of Baux de Provence

J: Trebuchet at Château des Baux

by Jakub Hruska, 230 meters away

Trebuchet at Château des Baux

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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