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Place Bellecour, Lyon

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Place Bellecour, Lyon, France

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A: Lyon, place Bellecour

by B.JULLIEN, 20 meters away

Cette place se trouve aujourd'hui dans le deuxième arrondissement de la ville, entre la Saône et le R...

Lyon, place Bellecour

B: children park in Place Bellecour

by Nico Roig, 120 meters away

stay up there just a while! another way to show this splendid french square in Lyon.

children park in Place Bellecour

C: Theatre Des Celestins

by Vincent Bosson, 230 meters away

Theartre des Celestins in lyon

Theatre Des Celestins

D: Bonaparte bridge in Lyon

by Galliez Stephane, 290 meters away

Un premier pont en bois, le pont de l'Archevêché (ou pont de Bois, des Comtes, Bellecour ou des Chano...

Bonaparte bridge in Lyon

E: Quai de Saone

by Vincent Bosson, 340 meters away

Quai de Saone

F: Flower

by Vincent Bosson, 350 meters away

Flower in Lyon, France

Flower

G: Pont Du Palais De Justice

by Vincent Bosson, 430 meters away

Bridge of Palais de Justice in Lyon

Pont Du Palais De Justice

H: Gateway courthouse

by Galliez Stephane, 450 meters away

Here's the?Gateway courthouse which crosses Saone river in Lyon by night.

Gateway courthouse

I: Le Bistrot De Lyon

by Vincent Bosson, 480 meters away

Pedestrian street and restaurants in Lyon

Le Bistrot De Lyon

J: Primatiale Saint Jean De Lyon Cathedral

by Andy Bryant, 480 meters away

Lyon Cathedral is also known as a "Primatiale" because in 1079 thePope granted to the archbishop of L...

Primatiale Saint Jean De Lyon Cathedral

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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