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AttractionsDole France

Located in the western Jura near Burgundy, Dole was once a free country and the capital of the Comté. This independence from France cost Dole dearly, as it has had a long history of military battles with France and has been sieged on a number of occasions, 1479 by Louis XI, 1636 by Louis XIII and finally by Louis XIV in 1668 and 1674. Each wanted the wealth that Dole possessed to be incorporated into the French crown. The siege of 1674 was the last as Dole finally fell to the French and with the Treaty of Nijmegen Dole was annexed to France.

Dole has also had a few famous inhabitants, scientist Louis Pasteur, novelist Marcel Aymé and one notorious inhabitant General Malet who tried to overthrown Napoleon in October of 1812.

Dole also has a rich intellectual history as it is home to a university founded in 1423.

The main tourist attractions, the home where Louis Pasteur was born, Notre-Dame Church and medieval streets, are located in the town center.

I suggest that if you visit Dole you park near the Notre-Dame Church. This will put you near everything you should see, Louis Pasteur's birth home, medieval streets and the canals. If the weather is right eat lunch outside along one of the canals or in a sidewalk café. The Fine Arts Museum, should you have the need for a little art, is just outside the center on the rue des Arènes.

Give yourself a few hours to see the main tourist attractions in Dole.

Related Links:
Know before you go to Dole France
France : Franche-Comte : Dôle

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