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Beaurecueil retirement home near the Sainte-Victoire

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Taken from a field above the castle, in front of a beautiful old wall.

This castle was built in the seventeenth century at the foot of Mont Sainte-Victoire.

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A: Montagne Sainte-Victoire

door Jean-Luc Audouard, 1.4 hier vandaan

Montagne Sainte-Victoire seen from the roadside between Beaurecueil and Pont de Bayeux in the late af...

Montagne Sainte-Victoire

B: Lac de Bimont

door Bertrand de LACLOS, 3.0 hier vandaan

Les rives du lac de Bimont, à 15km d'Aix-en-Provence, offrent des sentiers de randonnées très agréabl...

Lac de Bimont

C: Aix en provence Cour Mirabeau

door benjamin-suzanne, 8.1 hier vandaan

Aix en provence Cour Mirabeau

D: Aix en provence Place d albertas

door benjamin-suzanne, 8.2 hier vandaan

Aix en provence Place d albertas

E: Sweets

door Roman Kuskowski, 8.3 hier vandaan

Sweets

F: Aix en provence Place de la mairie

door benjamin-suzanne, 8.3 hier vandaan

Aix en provence Place de la mairie

G: Aix en provence Place Augustin

door benjamin-suzanne, 8.4 hier vandaan

Aix en provence Place Augustin

H: Grand theatre d'aix

door benjamin-suzanne, 8.8 hier vandaan

Grand theatre d'aix

I: Toit du theatre d aix

door benjamin-suzanne, 8.9 hier vandaan

Toit du theatre d aix

J: Domaine de Valabre - La Luynes

door Bertrand de LACLOS, 9.5 hier vandaan

très jolie balade près d'Aix en Provence. Le parc du pavillon de chasse du Roi René longe la Luynes e...

Domaine de Valabre - La Luynes

Dit panorama is genomen in France

Dit is een overzicht van 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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