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Mâcon is a quaint city located in the Saône-et-Loire department of the French Burgundy region. It is bordered by the Saône River, as well as by Bresse and the Beaujolais mountains. It is the southernmost point of the region, as its style shows through its colourful houses and roman-style roofs. As to its general positioning in the country, Mâcon is about 65km (40 miles) north of Lyon, 400km (250 miles) southeast of Paris, and about 150km (93 miles) west of Geneva, Switzerland. According to a 2008 census, the city of Mâcon has around 34,000 residents, referred to as Mâconnais.
Mâcon began as an oppidum (an Iron Age settlement) run as a fluvial port by the Celtic Aedui population. Known at that time as Matisco, the city rapidly developed during the two first centuries AD, becoming fully fortified during the 4th century. During the Middle Ages, the city was pivotal for the Duke of Burgundy and later to the French King. During the 19th century the city was taken over several times by the Austrians. Also, during WWII, it was the premier “Zone Libre” city and was later liberated on September 4th 1944.