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Dole, Jura

Old Dole
Old Dole
Coat of arms of Dole
Coat of arms
Dole is located in France
Country France
Region Franche-Comté
Department Jura
Arrondissement Dole
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Jean-Maris Sermier (UMP)
Area1 38.38 km2 (14.82 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 25,384
 • Density 660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 39198 / 39100
Elevation 196–341 m (643–1,119 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Dole (pronunciation: ,[1] sometimes wrongly pronounced ,[2] probably due to the incorrect orthography "Dôle" sometimes encountered) is a commune in the Jura department in the Franche-Comté region in eastern France, of which it is a subprefecture (sous-préfecture).


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Population 3
  • Transport 4
  • Famous residents 5
  • Museums 6
  • Twin towns 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Dole was the capital of Franche-Comté until Louis XIV conquered the region; he shifted the parlement from Dole to Besançon. The university, founded by Philip the Good of Burgundy in 1422, was also transferred to Besançon at that time.

In January 1573, Gilles Garnier was put to death after being found guilty of lycanthropy and witchcraft. He had confessed of murdering and cannibalizing four young children.

The 1995 film, Happiness Is in the Field, was set in Dole.


Dole is located on the Doubs River. The commune has a land area of 38.38 km² (14.82 sq mi).


It is the largest commune in Jura, although the préfecture is Lons-le-Saunier.


Dole – Jura Airport is located in the commune of Tavaux, 7 km southwest of Dole.

Famous residents


The Museum of Fine Arts, Dole founded in 1821, is located in the House of the Officers, an example of military architecture of Franche-Comté at the 18th century.

Twin towns

Dole is sister city to the following cities in four countries:

See also


  1. ^ (French) Henri Bertand in the video Henri Bertand se livre,
  2. ^ (French) Francis Guthleben in Imagine ce pays - Dôle, France 3 Bourgogne-Franche Comté
  • INSEE statistics

External links

  • Official website (in French)

Dole Basilica:

  • Belfry
  • Photos
  • Sundial
  • Dole city guide in English

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