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Viewpoint near castle of Baux de Provence

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A: Les Baux Overlook Provence France

by Mark Fink, 100 meters away

As you can see from this vantage point, Les Baux is a perfect location for a defensive fortress. You ...

Les Baux Overlook Provence France

B: Trebuchet at Château des Baux

by Jakub Hruska, 180 meters away

Trebuchet at Château des Baux

C: Castle of Baux de Provence

by Jakub Hruska, 210 meters away

Castle of Baux de Provence

D: Eglise Saint Vincent Les Baux Provence France

by Mark Fink, 250 meters away

Towards the southern end of Les Baux, you will find the Eglise Saint-Vincent, (church of Saint Vincen...

Eglise Saint Vincent Les Baux Provence France

E: Les Baux-de-Provence

by OLIVIER CHARLOIS, 270 meters away

The defensive possibilities of Les Baux led to the site being settled early on in human history. Trac...

Les Baux-de-Provence

F: Les Baux Battlements Provence France

by Mark Fink, 330 meters away

In its day, the fortress at Les Baux must have been impressive. Its ruins still are. You can see here...

Les Baux Battlements Provence France

G: Restaurant Creperie Les Baux France

by Mark Fink, 350 meters away

Would we have ever left the Middle Ages if ice cream had been available? Here in the midst of the rui...

Restaurant Creperie Les Baux France

H: Les Baux-de-Provence, France

by Joop Greypink, 370 meters away

Les Baux-de-Provence, France

I: Museum Les Baux France

by Mark Fink, 370 meters away

Les Baux is a village in Provence with ruins of a fortress dating back hundreds of years. However, it...

Museum Les Baux France

J: Les Baux-de-Provence, France

by Joop Greypink, 370 meters away

Les Baux-de-Provence, France

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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