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Briancon is located southeast of France – in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur – and belongs to the Haute-Alpes. The city lies at the confluence of the rivers Durance and Guisanne – only 13 km from the border with Italy.
Briançon is a small and beautiful mountain town located 1,350 meters The city has about 11,600 inhabitants (2009), and is also a famous ski resort for ski enthusiasts. The city is also famous for being the start or sluttby for race “Tour de France”.
Briançon has a great climate with 300 days of sunshine per year and very low humidity. The city has for years been a famous health resort for the treatment of respiratory diseases – including asthma.
One of the city’s tourist attractions, the fortress was built in the 1600s, to protect the region against Austria.This is included in the “Vauban fortresses” – and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The same bridge “Pont d’Asfeld” from 1734.
Also the church of Notre-Dame et Saint-Nicolas from 1718 is worth a visit.
Briancon is located near the Ecrins National Park, and from the village Chantemerle (6 km northwest of Briançon), one can take the cable car up to the mountain “Prorel” – which is 2566 m From here one has a great view of the ski area “Serre Chevalier.”