Architecture, Museums and Historic Monuments

Baume-les-Messieurs

Chateau Chalon

Arc-et-Senans

abbaye de Cluny

abbaye de Fontenay

Salins-les-Bains

Besancon

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Dijon

The French Jura lies in eastern France and roughly corresponds to the old province of Franche-Comté. We are bounded on the west by Burgundy and on the north by the Vosges, though compared with these areas, we are relatively unknown to tourists. Our rural region of "Cités Comtoises de Caractère" produced illustrious representatives of French genius, including Louis Pasteur, Victor Hugo, Louis Pergaud, the Lumière brothers and Gustave Courbet.

In the Jura, we have UNESCO World Heritage sites of Besançon, Arc-et-Senans and Salins-Les-Bains. The UNESCO list of World Treasures is short, so we are very proud to have three of them just for us! Four of our cities; Lods, Pesmes, Baume-les-Messieurs and Château-Chalon, rank among the "Loveliest Villages in France".

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The French Jura:

A Land of Tradition in Franche-Comte

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Middle Age Bridge near Le musee Courbet

CHATEAU CHALON in the middle of the Jura vinyard

View of Ornans, Gustave Courbet

Our rustic food,