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Mer de Glace

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A: Mer-de-Glace, Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France

by Hubert Pawlowski, 220 meters away

Voici la vue panoramique sur le plus grand glacier de France. Il a reçu le nom de Mer de Glace de deu...

Mer-de-Glace, Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France

B: Mer de Glace, Montenvers, Chamonix, France

by Hubert Pawlowski, 270 meters away

Mer de Glace, Montenvers, Chamonix, France

C: Grandbalconnord 01

by Brandon Riza, 380 meters away

Grandbalconnord 01

D: Montenvers, Mer-de-Glace, Chamonix

by Hubert Pawlowski, 400 meters away

Montenvers, Mer-de-Glace, Chamonix

E: Grandbalconnord 02

by Brandon Riza, 420 meters away

Grandbalconnord 02

F: plateau de montenvers et hôtel - chamonix

by françois paris, 500 meters away

plateau de montenvers et hôtel - chamonix

G: plateau de montenvers - chamonix

by françois paris, 530 meters away

plateau de montenvers - chamonix

H: A view of Chamonix from Grand Balcon Nord

by Brandon Riza, 830 meters away

A view down into the valley towards Chamonix and the Aiguilles Rouges from the Grand Balcon Nord trai...

A view of Chamonix from Grand Balcon Nord

I: Train à crémaillère du Montenvers Mer de Glace

by Michel M A L H E R B E., 3.6 km away

Au départ de Chamonix, le train à crémaillère du Montenvers, permet d' accéder sans difficulté en 20 ...

Train à crémaillère du Montenvers Mer de Glace

J: Train du Montenvers Mer de Glace - Quais

by Michel M A L H E R B E., 3.6 km away

Au départ de Chamonix, le train à crémaillère du Montenvers, permet d' accéder sans difficulté en 20 ...

Train du Montenvers Mer de Glace - Quais

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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