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Besançon


Located close to the border with Switzerland, Besançon is the capital city of the Franche-Comté region of northeastern France. As of 1999, the city had an urban population of 134,376, with 222,381 living in the metropolitan area.


Key Facts about Besançon


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Citadel of Besançon
Here are some facts about Besançon:
  1. Besançon is a city in eastern France, located close to the border with Switzerland.

  2. Besançon is the capital of the region of Franche-Comté.

  3. As of 1999, Besançon had an urban population of 134,376, with 222,381 living in the metropolitan area.

  4. Besançon is a city with a very ancient history. Julius Caesar first mentions the town (under the name Vesontio) in his Commentarii de Bello Gallico (Commentaries on the Gallic War) in 58 BCE. Gallic tribes are however in fact believed to have settled the area as long ago as 1,500 BCE.

  5. Besançon has been ruled by many states during its history, including being part of Charlemagne's Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, beind independent, under the Duke of Burgundy, and under Spanish and French rule (changing hands repeatedly between them). It was also important during the Napoleonic Wars (the town was bombarded by the Austrians in 1814), the Franco-Prussian War, and occupied by the Nazis during World War II.

  6. When conquered by Louis XIV of France in 1668, the famed military engineer Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban visited the city and drew up plans for fortifications. The French then however immediately lost control of the city back to Spain, but regained it again six years later. Vauban, then returned and organized building many fortifications (including city walls, a moat system, numerous forts, and a citadel), a process which took 30 years.Most of these fortifications can still be seen today.

  7. In 1959, the French Army turned the citadel over to the city, and it subsequently became a museum.

  8. Since 2008, the Citadel of Besançon has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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Weather in Besançon


Besançon has both oceanic and continental climate influences. As a result, it tends to have quite a lot of precipitation, but hard winters (with snow and frost), and warm dry summers.

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Michelin Dijon/Besancon/Mulhouse, France Map No. 66 (Michelin Maps & Atlases)

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Besancon (France) Trip Journal: Lined Travel Journal/Diary/Notebook With Besancon (France) Map Cover Art

By Ralph Prince

Independently published
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Michelin Local Map Number 321: Doubs, Jura, Besancon, Lons-le-Saunier (France) and Surrounding Area, Scale 1:175,000

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Recognized for more than a century for clarity, accuracy and detail even the military has relied Michelin maps Michelin offers over 200 selections for cities, regions and countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. In-house cartographers, or mapmakers produce each map and atlas and leave no stone unturned. Everything from major roads to the tiniest routes is depicted on Michelin maps to allow travelers to go off the beaten path with confidence. What makes Michelin maps and atlases stand out? Michelin maps are frequently updated and specifically designed with travelers in mind. Michelin's cartography, user-friendly format and cross-referencing abilities with its renowned guidebook collections are paramount. The clear, clean and uncluttered style of Michelin maps is compounded with extreme attention to detail covering scenic roads, footpaths, panoramic views, emergency telephones, road widths and more. It's this kind of detail that can, for example, help North American tourists avoid surprises while traveling down narrow roads that are often hundreds of years old. Buildings, monuments, park trails and government offices are highlighted, too. When it comes to ease of use, Michelin has really done its homework. Michelin maps and the patented Michelin fold make it a snap to refold, even with one hand on the wheel. All Michelin atlases are available in spiral format, too. That's the number one binding preference according to independent consumer research. Michelin's unique cross-referencing system also makes mapping out travelers trips a cinch. Maps and guides throughout the Michelin collection work together with universal symbols directing to more information.

City Maps Besancon France

By James McFee

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (24 pages)

City Maps Besancon France
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City Maps Besancon France is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Attractions, pubs, bars, restaurants, museums, convenience stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, marketplaces, police, emergency facilities are only some of the places you will find in this map. This collection of maps is up to date with the latest developments of the city as of 2017. We hope you let this map be part of yet another fun Besancon adventure :)

Besancon

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Wonderful hardbound (cloth cover) book on the city of Bescancon, France. Contains information on History, Culture, Arts, Science, and Economy. Includes pictures. All text is in three languages: French, English, and German.


 
 
 

 
 
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