whose arms and motto are :

"Justitia et Armis DOLA"

The Jura : plain and mounts.
From Dole (at 11 a m) to Switzerland (at 05 p m).

aerial view of Dole

The "Majestic Lady" proudly overlooking the old city.
In the foreground (below) an arch of the Norman bridge
and in the distance, the collegiate church preparing to unveil itself
when the first frost comes

Sightseeing the historic city center must be

performed on foot..

Dare push some gates and discover

picturesqsue yards.




This world-wide famed logo was drawn by Benjamin Rabier in 1924 to illustrate the boxes of the " The Laughing Cow" cheese made in Dole.


Harsh humour.

(Cairo, Feb 2011).

Once in Dole, you will certainly wish to stay there for a while as numerous sightseers regularly do who enjoy fine buildings. You will fall under the charm of the old time character of fine mansions, religious establishments and staircases dating mostly from the 17th and 18th centuries.

You will feel like wandering through its preserved area (one of the most extended in France), roaming along the numerous waterways, and of course visit the birth place of the local celebrity Louis Pasteur and observe the important works on the left bank of the river Doubs

The collegiate church can be seen from a good way off
beyond the Doubs river.

The Rhone to Rhine canal
and the overflow channel.

Promenade along quai Pasteur

The siege of Dole (1636) : print by Nicolas Labbé showing the unsuccessful
siege of the city by the troops of Condé.


A storm is brooding over the collegiate church

The flooded "Paquier"

A fine 18th c derelict Nymphea that would deserve a serious restoration

Fine 18th C basin, The Arch College street


Dragon's head ?
Fireworks for Whit-Sunday 2006.

An unexpected early-morning next-door visitor.

I might also advise you to visit the Fine Arts Museum, the Hôtel Dieu now a multimedia centre and above all the imposing Collegiate church which proudly overlooks the old city.
This basilica is the most important religious building in the whole region of Franche-Comté, and it is of course the main monument in the city built from 1509 onward.
With luck -and if you like baroque music- you might enjoy listening to the exceptional organ which was built in the collegiate church between 1750 and 1754 by K J Riepp, a German "orgelbauer" and great amateur and merchant of Burgundy wine. The instrument has miraculously kept most of its original stops and is considered as one of the most precious examples of a long tradtion of organ building in the area still active today with organ builders like Bernard Aubertin, master of art at Courtefontaine whose recent works (2005-2010) at St Louis-en-l'Ile in Paris and the Mariagerkirke in Denmark are already aknowledged as genuine masterpieces.

Another example of striking contemporary religious art : St John's church built in 1964 after Anton Korady's draft and Maurice Calka's iron sculptures has just been labelled "twentieth century heritage".

The Holy City by M. Calka (transparent effect)

If the weather is fine, you should take the opportunity of wandering along the numerous canals and rivers animating the city.

Louis XV bridge.

The Rhône to Rhine canal in Autumn

The Tanners' canal

Along the canal

When in Dole, you could drive to Chevigny (D 475 to Gray,
at about 12 km via Rainans) so as to see what is left of
a somewhat decayed medieval castle
after repeated harmful looting and nondescript building.

The only remains of the castle are a wing which has recently been rebuilt and is inhabited by the present owner, fortified walls and some impressive cellars.
On your way to other places of interest along a fine tour, marked out by some crosses in the area of Auxonne, Menotey, Frasne, Montmirey, Offlanges, Brans, Thervay, Pesmes, Acey abbey, Mont Roland, you might admire a unique natural giant : The oak tree of "La Manche".
And, if you have time and wish to go a bit farther, you should
drive to Château-Chalon and Baume-les-Messieurs on the way to Lons-le-Saunier : there you will find some equally admirable spots.

You shouldn't fail to visit Arc et Senans, beyond the Chaux forest ( one of the largest in France) so as to sight see the Royal salt-works, one remarkable masterpiece of neo-classical industrial architecture of the 18th century by Claude Nicolas Ledoux.


Aurora borealis ? No, just a threatening sandy cloud as can at times be seen in the sky at Dole.

Cloudy Summer sunset over the city.
A slight opening onto the infinite ?

In 2002 Dole pays a nightly tribute to V. Hugo.
(Report in the German press).

Dole is twinned with several cities in Europe among which :
TABOR in the Czech Republic , a middle-sized city with many neo classical monuments
so typical of South Bohemia whose links with Dole were originated
by a university partnership in tourism, LAHR in Germany,
KOSTROMA in Russia where the Romanov family found its roots
with the exceptional Ipatiewski monastery on the banks of the Volga river,
SESTRI LEVANTE in Italiy, CARLOW in Ireland, NORTHWICH in England.