Your guide to Besançon

Besançon cityscape GIPE25/Flickr

Besançon cityscape ©GIPE25/Flickr

Located in Eastern France, Besançon is the major city and capital of the French-Comté region. It is a beautiful city which attracts dozens of visitors due to its unique sights. One of the major landmarks of the city, the Vauban Citadel has been inscribed on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites since 2008. Besides, there are other fascinating sights to visit in Besançon. The Old Town is a must for visitors, just like the St. Jean Cathedral, the Porte Noire, the museums and theatres of the city. If you find this introduction convincing, I recommend you to visit this amazing city! You won’t regret it. Before traveling read this guide to Besançon.

The Old Town

The city is famous for owning one of the most beautiful historic centers (old town) of major towns in France. The imposing citadel overlooks the Old Town, while the beautiful Doubs River, more precisely the broad horse-shoe of the river encircles the Old Town. Besides, the historic centre is famous for its remarkable ensemble of classic stone buildings.

Besançon cityscape GIPE25/Flickr

Besançon cityscape ©GIPE25/Flickr

The Citadel of Besançon

The main landmark of the city is its imposing citadel named the Citadel of Besançon. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the major fortifications of Vauban. The immense citadel overlooks the city. It is very well preserved, being an important tourist attraction of Besançon. It gives home to several museums and attracts numerous tourists each year. You can not miss to visit the citadel if you visit Besançon.

Besançon Citadel GIPE25/Flickr

Besançon Citadel ©GIPE25/Flickr

St. Jean Cathedral

One of the numerous religious buildings of Besançon, St. Jean Cathedral is another famous landmark of the city. Dating from the 12th century, the Roman Catholic cathedral of the city includes an astronomical clock remarkable for having thousands of moving parts. Besides, it is home to several valuable paintings. Don’t miss to visit the cathedral if you visit Besançon.

Porte Noire

The beautiful Porte Noire is a ruined Roman triumphal arch dating from the 2nd century CE. It stands at the foot of the hill on which the citadel lies. The Porte Noire is considered to commemorate the victories of Marcus Aurelius over the Germans. The arch needed reconstruction works in 1820.

Besançon street demiante/Flickr

Besançon street ©demiante/Flickr

The Museum of Fine Arts and Archeology

The most important museum of Besançon is the Museum of Fine Arts and Archeology. The museum is considered to include one of the finest collections of fine arts in France. The collection includes works dating from the 17th century. From classical antiquity to modern age, the museum presents gorgeous works.

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