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Nearby images in France


A: Le Grand Trianon

by zeljko soletic, 130 meters away

Le Grand Trianon

B: Temple de l'Amour

by Роман Осташ, 190 meters away

Temple de l'Amour

C: Le Hameau

by Роман Осташ, 430 meters away

Le Hameau


by Роман Осташ, 460 meters away

E: Versailles hamlet of Marie Antoinette

by Mark Peterson, 470 meters away

The Hamlet of Marie Antoinette near the palace of Versailles was built and used by the king and queen...

Versailles hamlet of Marie Antoinette


by Роман Осташ, 480 meters away

G: ferm

by Роман Осташ, 530 meters away


H: Versailles

by Wojciech Gancarczyk, 720 meters away


I: La Colonnade at Versailles

by Mark Peterson, 990 meters away

There are many fountains and statues on the grounds of Versailles. This is the Colonnade fountain in ...

La Colonnade at Versailles

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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