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

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

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1. Mont de Bregille

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The Mont de Brégille is a hill of the Jura massif, culminating at 447 m above sea level which makes it the fourth highest hill in the city of Besançon, after that of Planoise, the chapel of Buis and Rosemont. Located in full in the town, bordered by the Doubs river, the hill includes a large forest area which encompasses it almost entirely, as well as several sectors of housing forming the historic district of Bregille. Its geographical location means that Bregille was for a long time a wine estate, in particular thanks to its sunshine which made the cultivation in terraces prosper, but also a military strategic site due to its domination over the city and on the Citadel of Vauban. Today Mont de Bregille is a peri-urban site, appreciated by hikers and residents for its preserved natural setting and almost in the wild.

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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.

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3. Fort de Rosemont

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The fort of Rosemont is a fortification located in the French city of Besançon (Franche-Comté). Built on the summit of the hill of Rosemont during the Franco-Prussian War, for support the fort of Planoise and the fort of Chaudanne, It composed of two buildings which had six rooms. But no battles took place in the city, since Rosemont was dismantled just before World War I. It has been vandalised in the recent history, but recently the two buildings were restored and yet visitors are still prohibited. Rosemont is the smallest fort in the city after the lunettes of Trois-Châtels and Tousey.

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4. 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.

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5. Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Refuge

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The Chapel of Notre Dame of Sanctuary, an 18th-century Baroque Catholic chapel in Besancon (Doubs) with an immortal dome of colored glazed tiles, was attached to a former "Sanctuary Monastery" in 1709 and to St. Jacques Hospital in Besancon in 1802. Located in the historic center of Besan ç on in Franche-Comt é Doubs, it is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and was listed as a historical monument in 1970.

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6. Église Saint-Pierre

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Église Saint-Pierre Arnaud 25 / Public domain

The Saint-Pierre de Besançon church is located in the LA BOUCLE district, on the Place du Éuit-Septement, 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.

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7. 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.

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8. Église Saint-Maurice

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The Saint-Maurice church is a church in the city center of Besançon in Franche-Comté dedicated to Saint Maurice. Its foundation was attested from the sixth century. The Church is demolished and rebuilt several times; The current Jesuit style building dates from the beginning of the 18th century.

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9. Église Sainte-Madeleine

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Église Sainte-Madeleine Arnaud 25 / Public domain

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.

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10. Abbaye Saint-Paul

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St. Paul de Besancon Monastery is an Augustinian monastery built in the 7th century, located in the historical center of Besancon in Franche-Conte. A famous monastery in the Middle Ages, the nave of the 14th-century Gothic monastery church is still used as a municipal church reserve.

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11. Pavillon d’entrée du front Saint-Etienne

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Pavillon d’entrée du front Saint-Etienne Citadelle de Besançon Patrimoine mondial / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Museum of the Resistance and deportation of Besançon, labeled Museum of France, is located in the heart of the Citadel of Besançon, a high place of culture and tourism in Franche-Comté. Each year, it welcomes more than 55,000 visitors.

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12. Promenade Micaud

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Micaud or Micaud Park is a Besançon public garden located on the banks of the Doubs. He was baptized by the name of Jean-Agathe Micaud, former mayor of Besançon from 1835 to 1843, and initiator of the park in 1843.

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13. Fontaine des Clarisses

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La Fontaine des Clarisses is a public fountain in Besan ç on, in the French province of Dubus. The fountain is located near the entrance to the former Besan ç on Artillery School at 4 M é gevand Street.

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14. Porte Rivotte

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The Porte Rivotte is a military building located in the Rivotte sector, near the historic center of Besançon. It is one of the last two town doors of Besançon, with the carved door, still in elevation.

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