14 Sights in Besançon, France (with Map and Images)


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Explore interesting sights in Besançon, France. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 14 sights are available in Besançon, France.

Sightseeing Tours in Besançon

1. Mont de Bregille

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The Mont de Brégille is a hill in the Jura massif, culminating at an altitude of 447 m, which makes it the fourth highest hill in the city of Besançon, after Planoise, Chapelle des Buis and Rosemont. Located entirely in the commune, bordered by the Doubs river, the hill includes a vast forest area that almost completely encompasses it, as well as several residential sectors forming the historic district of Bregille. Due to its geographical location, Bregille was for a long time a wine estate, thanks in particular to its sunshine which allowed terraced cultivation to flourish, but also a strategic military site due to its domination over the city and Vauban's citadel. Today, Mont de Bregille is a peri-urban site, appreciated by hikers and locals for its preserved and almost wild natural setting.

Wikipedia: Mont de Brégille (FR)

2. Citadelle de Besançon

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The Citadel of Besançon is a 17th-century fortress in Franche-Comté, France. It is one of the finest masterpieces of military architecture designed by Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban. The Citadel occupies 11 hectares on Mount Saint-Etienne, one of the seven hills that protect Besançon, the capital of Franche-Comté. Mount Saint-Etienne occupies the neck of an oxbow formed by the river Doubs, giving the site a strategic importance that Julius Caesar recognised as early as 58 BC. The Citadel overlooks the old quarter of the city, which is located within the oxbow, and has views of the city and its surroundings.

Wikipedia: Citadel of Besançon (EN)

3. Horloge astronomique

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Horloge astronomique No machine-readable author provided. Arnaud 25 assumed (based on copyright claims). / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Besançon astronomical clock is housed in Besançon Cathedral. Auguste-Lucien Vérité fr:Auguste-Lucien Vérité of Beauvais designed and built Besançon's present astronomical clock, between 1858 and 1863. It replaced an earlier clock that Bernardin had constructed in the 1850s that proved unsatisfactory. Besançon's clock differs from those in Strasbourg, Lyon, and Beauvais. The clock is meant to express the theological concept that each second of the day the Resurrection of Christ transforms the existence of man and of the world.

Wikipedia: Besançon astronomical clock (EN)

4. Porte taillée

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The Porte taillée is a city gate located in Besançon (France). It was drilled in the rock of Saint-Étienne hill by the Romans under Vespasian or Marcus Aurelius, for the aqueduc of Besançon between Vaire-Arcier and square Castan. The passage is redeveloping during the Middle Ages in real city gate, and fortified in 1546 by Vauban under Charles Quint. The Porte taillée is classified Monument historique since 1944.

Wikipedia: Porte taillée (EN)

5. Église Saint-Pierre

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Église Saint-Pierre

The Saint-Pierre church in Besançon is located in the LA BOUCLE district, on the Place du Huit-Septeire, in the heart of the city center. It bears the name of the first pope and apostle of Christ of Christianity Saint Peter. It is part of the Saint Etienne pastoral unit which brings together the churches of the city center as well as that of Morre.

Wikipedia: Église Saint-Pierre de Besançon (FR)

6. Synagogue de Besançon

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The Synagogue of Besançon is the principal Jewish place of worship in the city of Besançon, France. The building is located in the area of Battant, near the old center of the town. It was built in 1869 and was inaugurated on 18 November. Since 1984 the building has been listed as a historical monument.

Wikipedia: Synagogue of Besançon (EN)

7. Église Sainte-Madeleine

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Église Sainte-Madeleine

The église Sainte-Madeleine is a neoclassical 18th century hall church in the Battant district of Besançon, France, dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. Antoine-Pierre II de Grammont, the archbishop of Besançon, had it built from 1746 to 1766 to plans by the architect Nicolas Nicole.

Wikipedia: Église de la Madeleine (Besançon) (EN)

8. Chapelle Notre-Dame des Buis

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The Notre-Dame des Buis chapel commonly known as the Buis Chapel is a Christian building dating at least the 17th century, located in Besançon in the Boucle district. The site in which it is placed as well as its architecture make it one of the most remarkable chapels in the city.

Wikipedia: Chapelle Notre-Dame des Buis (FR), Website

9. Abbaye Saint-Paul

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The Abbey Saint-Paul de Besançon is an ancient Augustinian abbey of the 7th century in the historic center of Besançon in Franche-Comté. Prestigious Abbey in the Middle Ages, the nave of the 14th century Gothic Abbey Church serves as a municipal lapidary reserve today.

Wikipedia: Abbaye Saint-Paul de Besançon (FR)

10. Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation

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Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation Citadelle de Besançon Patrimoine mondial / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Besançon Museum of Resistance and Deportation, labelled Musée de France, is located in the heart of the Citadel of Besançon, a place of culture and tourism in Frankfurt-Comtois. Closed since 2020 for complete overhaul, it reopened on 8 September 2023.

Wikipedia: Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation (Besançon) (FR)

11. Musée du Temps

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The Besançon Museum of Time is a history and watchmaking museum located in Besançon in the Doubs department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region, installed in one of the most beautiful palace in the city, the Palais Granvelle.

Wikipedia: Musée du Temps (FR), Website

12. Promenade Micaud

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Parc Micaud or Promenade Micaud is a public garden in Besançon located on the banks of the Doubs River. It is named after Jean-Agathe Micaud, former mayor of Besançon from 1835 to 1843, and initiator of the park in 1843.

Wikipedia: Parc Micaud (FR)

13. Mémorial Notre-Dame de la Libération

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Our Lady of Liberation is a church built in an old fort at nearly 500 m of altitude near the hamlet of Chapelle des Buis, in the outskirts of the city of Besançon, in the department of Doubs, in eastern France.

Wikipedia: Our Lady of Liberation (EN), Website

14. Usine Dodane

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The Dodane watchmaking factory is a building in the city of Besançon built by the architect Auguste Perret. The factory and the garden have been registered as historic monuments since June 20, 1986.

Wikipedia: Usine des horlogeries Dodane (FR)


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