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  • 1 Dôle old town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Nationale-Charles-de-Gaulle F - 39100 Dole

    With its narrow, winding streets, old houses from the 15 to the 18C, huddling tightly together, doorways with coats of arms, little round, square or hexagonal towers, arcaded interior courtyards, flights of steps, wells, niches and wrought iron banis..

  • 2 Forêt de Chaux Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - 39100 Dole

    The second largest forest in France stretches over more than 20 000ha to the east of Dole, between the Doubs and the Loue. The seven famous columns, commissioned by the architect Guidon in 1826, stand at each of the main crossroads and are a useful l..

  • 3 Dole's Collegiate Church of Our Lady Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Place Nationale F - 39100 Dole

    The church symbolises the rebirth of the town after its devastation by Louis XI. The 75m, 16C bell-tower is the town's landmark. Inside, the building is remarkable for its width and the massif round pillars. Do not miss the series of polychrome marbl..

  • 4 Dole Fine Arts Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    85 rue des Arènes F - 39100 Dole

    Situated in the 18C Officers' Pavilion, the museum has local and regional archeological exhibits in the basements, temporary exhibitions on the ground floor, collections of French and foreign paintings from the 15 to the 20C on the upper floor and th..

  • 5 Dole Pasteur Museum - Pasteur's birthplace

    Museums and art

    43 rue Pasteur F - 39100 Dole

    The museum, housed in a workshop-cum-living quarters, contains a number of documents on the life and research work of Louis Pasteur, whose discoveries revolutionised the food industry, medicine and surgery. Visitors can also see the tanner's workshop..

  • 6 Place aux Fleurs

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place aux Fleurs F - 39100 Dole

    In this pleasant square stands a fountain by François Rosset and a modern sculpture by Boettcher, The Gossips. The façade at no 28 dates from 1609. The square offers a pleasant view over the old town, dominated by the bell-tower of the Church of Our ..

  • 7 Place Nationale, Dole

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Nationale F - 39100 Dole

    Lined with old houses and dominated by the Collegiate church, it is a lively spot on market days when the stalls spread out their wares near the pavillon Baltard.

  • 8 Rue Mont-Roland

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Mont-Roland F - 39100 Dole

    This street is lined with fine façades. Particularly noteworthy are the façades of the 16, 17 and 18C private residences, such as the house of Odon de La Tour and the hôtel de Froissard (open the gate for a glimpse of the interior courtyard, the doub..

  • 9 Collège de l'Arc

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue du Collège-de-l’Arc F - 39100 Dole

    The college founded by the Jesuits in 1582 is now a grammar school. It has a fine Renaissance doorway, crowned with a loggia whose arcades rest on winged angels. On the right stand two old residences with fine balustrades and small interior courtyard..

  • 10 Cave d'Enfer

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Rue de Besançon F - 39100 Dole

    A plaque commemorating the heroism of the people of Dole when the town was taken by Louis XI.

  • 11 Rue Pasteur

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Pasteur F - 39100 Dole

    This is traditionally where hemp and leather craftsmen used to live. The birthplace of Louis Pasteur is at no 43.

  • 12 Raynaud III Bridge

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 39100 Dole

    From the bridge over the Canal des Tanneurs, a fine monumental group can be seen, composed of La Charité (18C), the Hôtel-Dieu (17C hospice) and the Dames d'Ounans Convent (18C).

  • 13 Grande Fontaine, Dole

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Prélot F - 39100 Dole

    Featured in the work of Marcel Aymé, the Grande Fontaine (an underground spring and wash house) is hidden under the last arch of Raynaud III Bridge.

  • 14 Hôtel Champagney

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Granvelle F - 39100 Dole

    Go through this 17C doorway with its coat of arms into a courtyard which still has two tower staircases and a fine balcony on a console.

  • 15 Hôtel-Dieu, Dole

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2 rue Bouzonnet F - 39100 Dole

    This was the last large building built in Dole before it was annexed to France. The austerity of the building is alleviated by fanciful ornamentation (note the remarkable sculpted balcony running around part of the building). The interior courtyard i..

  • 16 St John the Evangelist's Church of Dole

    Religious buildings

    Rue Jean-XXIII F - 39100 Dole

    A contemporary church with original architecture. It was built between 1961 and 1964 with a roof in two parts in a hyperbola shape. The walls are glazed and encircled with a fine wrought iron grill by Calka illustrating the Apocalypse.

  • 17 Mount Roland

    Nature and gardens

    N 5 F - 39100 Dole

    A recent sanctuary on an ancient site, it offers a wide panoramic view over the plains of the Doubs and the Saône.

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