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Mont Cenis lake

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A: Chapelle du Lac Mont-Cenis

by Michel M A L H E R B E., 160 meters away

La disparition du prieuré est pris en compte par EDF qui édifie à la place une chapelle, consacrée le...

Chapelle du Lac Mont-Cenis

B: Fort de Ronce, Mont Cenis

by Alessandro Ugazio, 820 meters away

Some interesting links: http://www.moncenisio.com http://www.archivoltogallery.com/photogallery/monce...

Fort de Ronce, Mont Cenis

C: Mont Cenis lake from Fort de Ronce

by Alessandro Ugazio, 850 meters away

Mont Cenis lake from Fort de Ronce

D: Mont Cenis Lake - View from the dam

by Gianpaolo Bottin, 1.5 km away

View of the Mont Cenis lake from the dam. This panorama was taken in spring when the lake is almost e...

Mont Cenis Lake - View from the dam

E: Barrage côté Italie

by Michel M A L H E R B E., 1.6 km away

Le lac se déverse dans la Cenise (Cenischia en italien), qui elle-même se jette dans la Doire ripaire...

Barrage côté Italie

G: Barrage côté France, 315 millions de mètres cubes!

by Michel M A L H E R B E., 1.7 km away

C'est un lac artificiel, retenu par un barrage, situé près de la frontière entre la France et l'Itali...

Barrage côté France, 315 millions de mètres cubes!

I: Fort Variselle - Mont Cenis Lake

by Gianpaolo Bottin, 1.8 km away

Fort du Variselle is an old and abandoned fortification near the Mont Cenis lake between France and I...

Fort Variselle - Mont Cenis Lake

J: Face Italie, derrière le barrage, 315 millions de mètres cubes!

by Michel M A L H E R B E., 2.2 km away

Bien que se trouvant entièrement sur le territoire français, le lac est situé sur le versant italien ...

Face Italie, derrière le barrage, 315 millions de mètres cubes!

This panorama was taken in Maurienne valley, Savoy Alps, 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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