Boulogne-sur-Mer, France.

Boulogne-sur-Mer, city, Pas-de-Calais dept., N France, in Picardy, is located at the mouth of River Liana in the English Channel. Boulogne was known to the Romans as Bononia and served as the major port connecting the rest of the empire to Britain. The emperor Claudius used this town as his base for the Roman invasion of Britain, in AD 43, and there again Napoleon assembled an invasion fleet (which never sailed) in 1803-5. The higher part of Boulogne, which is surrounded by city walls, is administrative, religious and touristic. It is dominated by the dome of the basilica Notre-Dame.

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