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  • 1 Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 pl. de la Révolution F - 25000 Besançon

    Housed in the former corn exchange (1835), this museum was extended in 1971 by Louis Miquel, a pupil of Le Corbusier. It houses a fine collection of Egyptian and Gallo-Roman antiquities, and statues and items from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The..

  • 2 The Citadel Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    99 Rue des Fusillés-de-la-Résistance F - 25000 Besançon

    During the Romain period, this included a Pagan temple, which was followed by a church. After the French conquest of 1674, Vauban added the fortress which stands 118 metres above the Doubs and which, after several changes of of hand (barracks, State ..

  • 3 Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 25000 Besançon

    Begin your walk at the Pont Battant and admire the lovely façades of the 17C houses on the banks of the Doubs. Savour the market atmosphere on Place de la Révolution and then continue on down Grande-Rue, the main street of the town since Roman times...

  • 4 Saint-Jean Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    14 Rue de la Convention F - 25000 Besançon

    In the lower room of the spire, the astronomical clock is a masterpiece, made up of 30,000 parts and designed by Louis-Auguste Vérité. To the left of the gallery stands the famous painting by Fra Bartolomeo, la Vierge aux Saints. Until the French Rev..

  • 5 Palais Granvelle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grande-Rue F - 25000 Besançon

    This superb Renaissance building, built between 1534 and 1542 for Chancellor Nicolas Perrenot de Granvelle, demonstrates the Italian influence on the region's architecture and the city's prosperity in the 16C. There is a pretty interior courtyard sur..

  • 6 Église St-Pierre Interesting

    Religious buildings

    r. de la République F - 25000 Besançon

    Opposite the town hall, this church has a curious façade created by local architect Bertrand (18th C).

  • 7 Préfecture Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3 av. de la Gare-d'Eau F - 25000 Besançon

    The Préfecture sits in the former Palais des Intendants (18th C) whose entrance has been widened with a semicircular space.

  • 8 Musée Comtois Interesting

    Museums and art

    99 r. des Fusillés F - 25000 Besançon

    Furniture, popular objets d'art, puppets, crèches, mechanical theatre, documents - the traditional life of the area is shown here in great detail. The left wing is devoted to ironwork and is particularly interesting.

  • 9 Musée d'Histoire naturelle Interesting

    Museums and art

    Rue des Fusillés-de-la-Résistance F - 25000 Besançon

    Discovering Besançon while learning more about the evolution of vertebrates is not a contradictory ambition, as this Museum of Natural History shows. Visit the insectarium (ants, cockroaches, scorpions, etc.), and the Georges-Besse aquarium (aquatic ..

  • 10 Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation Interesting

    Museums and art

    99 r. des Fusillés F - 25000 Besançon

    The Resistance and Deportation Museum contains photos, objects, posters and documents illustrating the history of the Nazi régime, the 1940 defeat, the Vichy government, the Resistance, Deportation (drawings and paintings made in the camps) and Liber..

  • 11 Municipal Library Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 r. de la Bibliothèque F - 25000 Besançon

    The Library contains illuminated manuscripts, incunabula, drawings and bindings.

  • 12 Musée du Temps Interesting

    Museums and art

    96 Grand-Rue F - 25000 Besançon

    This museum showcases all manner of objects used for measuring time and space. Besançon's watch-making business began in 1793 and was the town's main industry until the 1920s. Make the most of the museum's interactive approach which takes you back to..

  • 13 Chaudanne

    Nature and gardens

    Rue du Fort-de-Chaudanne F - 25000 Besançon

    Magnificent view over Besançon and the bend in the Doubs.

  • 14 Quai Vauban

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Vauban F - 25000 Besançon

    A pretty line of houses reflected in the waters of the Doubs. A harmonious «rampart» with façades of grey-blue stone created in the 17th C by the brotherrs Robelin that can be admired from the Pont Battant.

  • 15 Place de la Révolution

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place de la Révolution F - 25000 Besançon

    This busy crossroads is surrounded by the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie and old buildings looking out onto Rue des Boucheries.

  • 16 Ancien hôpital du St-Esprit

    Religious buildings

    Place de la Révolution F - 25000 Besançon

    The church of this former hospital has been a Protestant place of worship since 1842. The courtyard has preserved a sculpted wood gallery from the early 16C.

  • 17 Grande-Rue

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grande-Rue F - 25000 Besançon

    The old Roman road crossing Vesantio is still the main road through Besançon. Today, it has been partly given over to pedestrians, and on it sit some beautiful houses - Hôtel d'Emskerque (n° 44), de Pourcheresse de Fraisans (at n° 67), Terrier de San..

  • 18 Couvent des Grandes Carmes

    Religious buildings

    88 Grande-Rue F - 25000 Besançon

    Neptune, sat on a dolphin, guards the entrance to this Convent of the Great Carmelites. On this early 16th C piece, sculptor Claude Lullier represented Fernando Alvarez of Toledo (1507-1582), Duke of Alba and General Philippe II, who was usually port..

  • 19 Hôtel de ville

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grande-Rue F - 25000 Besançon

    With its beautiful bossage façade of blue and ochre stones, the town hall dates back to the 16th C.

  • 20 Palais de justice

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 r. Mégevand F - 25000 Besançon

    In the middle of the law courts, a pretty Renaissance façade by Hugues Sambin. The main door is hidden behind a beautiful gate. The parliament of Franche-Comté sits here.

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