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Meaux

town, Seine-et-Marne departement, Ile-de-France region, northern France, east-northeast of Paris. Situated in a loop of the Marne River in an intensively cultivated region, it has been an agricultural market centre since medieval times. The most outstanding building, Saint-Etienne Cathedral (12th to 16th century), has a Flamboyant Gothic facade, which has suffered from crumbling. The cathedral contains the tomb and two statues of Jacques-Benigne Bossuet, a 17th-century French writer and religious orator. The former episcopal palace (12th to 17th century) houses a Bossuet museum.

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