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Panoramic photo by Luca Candela PRO EXPERT Taken 17:13, 17/05/2011 - Views loading...

Viewpoint in Town

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A: Saorge en HDR, Ciassa Soutana

by Roberto Scavino, 10 meters away

Saorge en HDR, Ciassa Soutana

B: Ciassa Soutana à Saorge

by Roberto Scavino, 10 meters away

Ciassa Soutana à Saorge

D: Saorge en HDR, Carera de Baous

by Roberto Scavino, 70 meters away

Saorge en HDR, Carera de Baous

E: Saorge en HDR, place de l'église Saint-Sauveur

by Roberto Scavino, 70 meters away

Saorge en HDR, place de l'église Saint-Sauveur

F: Est-ce que le Golem habite à Saorge ?

by Roberto Scavino, 80 meters away

Est-ce que le Golem habite à Saorge ?

G: The entrance...

by Luca Candela, 110 meters away

The entrance...

H: Saorge, coucher de soleil sur la Vallée de la Roya

by Roberto Scavino, 110 meters away

Saorge, coucher de soleil sur la Vallée de la Roya

I: Saorge en HDR, place Georges Clémenceau

by Roberto Scavino, 110 meters away

Saorge en HDR, place Georges Clémenceau

J: Place Georges Clémenceau à Saorge

by Roberto Scavino, 110 meters away

Place Georges Clémenceau à Saorge

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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