City of Art and History, Dole forms a beautiful and harmonious group of buildings with its canals, its old houses and its collegiate church dominating the whole scene. The particularly well-preserved historic centre of Dole is listed as conservation area. Very romantic, the short walk going along the Tanneurs canal is the perfect place for a stroll. It is in this district that was born in 1822 Louis Pasteur, the inventor of the rabies vaccine. Today, Pasteur's birth house is a museum, which describes the life and scientific work of the famous scholar.
Along the walk, numerous period buildings can be observed: the 16th-century Notre-Dame collegiate church, the Hôtel-Dieu now sheltering the media library, Collège de l'Arc secondary school transformed into a sixth-form college, the former Carmélites convent, the Jesuits chapel, the Palais de Justice (law courts) (former Cordeliers convent) and several mansions such as the Froissard mansion and the Champagney mansion.
The Fine art museum situated in the former Officers pavilion has displays of the region's archaeology, sculptures from Burgundy and Franche-Comté, and paintings.
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