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Orangery & Observatory

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Ce qu'il reste du chateau de Meudon

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A: Meudon Observatory

by EdouardAS, 90 meters away

Vue sur Paris depuis les jardins de l'observatoire de Meudon

Meudon Observatory

B: Meudon la forêt

by EdouardAS, 2.1 km away

Meudon la forêt

C: Ile Seguin

by Alfonso ALVAREZ, 2.2 km away

Ile Seguin

D: Jardin de l'Ile Seguin

by Alfonso ALVAREZ, 2.2 km away

Jardin de l'Ile Seguin

E: Eglise de Sèvres

by EdouardAS, 2.7 km away

Eglise de Sèvres

F: Parc nautique de l'Ile Monsieur

by Lionel TISSOT-BEZ, 3.1 km away

Parc nautique de l'Ile Monsieur, prise au mât à 16 m.Photo : Specific Systems

Parc nautique de l'Ile Monsieur

G: Aire de Jeux, Parc Ile St. Germain

by Alfonso ALVAREZ, 3.3 km away

Aire de Jeux, Parc Ile St. Germain

H: jardin Albert Khan

by Guillaume Taupin, 4.1 km away

jardin Albert Khan

I: jardin Albert Khan

by Guillaume Taupin, 4.1 km away

jardin Albert Khan

J: jardin Albert Khan

by Guillaume Taupin, 4.1 km away

jardin Albert Khan

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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