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OISE (French pronunciation: ​ ) is a department in the north of France
France
. It is named after the river Oise
Oise
. Natives of the department are called Isariens.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 2 Geography

* 2.1 Principal towns

* 3 Tourism * 4 Twinned county * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links

HISTORY

Oise
Oise
is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from part of the province of Île-de- France
France
and Picardy .

After the coalition victory at Waterloo , the department was occupied by British troops between June 1815 and November 1818.

GEOGRAPHY

Oise
Oise
is part of the current region of Hauts-de- France
France
and is situated 35 km north of Paris
Paris
. It is surrounded by the departments of Somme , Aisne , Seine-et-Marne , Val-d\' Oise
Oise
, Eure , and Seine-Maritime .

PRINCIPAL TOWNS

MOST POPULOUS OISE COMMUNES RANK COMMUNE CANTON ARRONDISSEMENT POPULATION

1 Beauvais
Beauvais
Beauvais-1 Beauvais-2 Beauvais
Beauvais
55,252

2 Compiègne
Compiègne
Compiègne-1 Compiègne-2 Compiègne
Compiègne
40,430

3 Creil Creil Senlis 34,262

4 Nogent-sur-Oise Nogent-sur-Oise Senlis 18,753

5 Senlis Senlis Senlis 15,583

6 Crépy-en-Valois Crépy-en-Valois Senlis 14,962

7 Méru Méru Beauvais
Beauvais
13,995

8 Noyon
Noyon
Noyon
Noyon
Compiègne
Compiègne
13,894

9 Montataire
Montataire
Montataire
Montataire
Senlis 12,843

10 Pont-Sainte-Maxence Pont-Sainte-Maxence Senlis 12,637

TOURISM

The major tourist attraction of the department is the Parc Astérix , which opened in 1989. Another very interesting site is Beauvais Cathedral . Also to be seen is the Chateau de Pierrefonds
Chateau de Pierrefonds
, restored by Viollet-le-Duc . The art collection of the Château de Chantilly is one of the largest outside Paris.

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Art gallery in the Château de Chantilly *

Beauvais
Beauvais
Cathedral *

Rollercoaster at the Parc Astérix *

Renault FT
Renault FT
in the Glade of the Armistice *

Château de Pierrefonds

TWINNED COUNTY

Oise
Oise
is twinned with Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
. One of the villages along the river Oise
Oise
is Auvers-sur-Oise , famous for having been visited by several impressionist artists. This is where Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh
spent his last 70 days and it is his and his brother Theo's resting place.

SEE ALSO

* France
France
portal

* Arrondissements of the Oise department * Cantons of the Oise department * Communes of the Oise department * Monument aux morts (Oise)

REFERENCES

* ^ "Insee - Populations légales 2013". Insee . Retrieved September 10, 2016.

EXTERNAL LINKS

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