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Beauvais is a town north of Paris in the Oise department of the French Picardie region. It has the largest population in the department, with around 54,000 inhabitants, and the third largest in the entire region. Its inhabitants are called “Beauvaisiens” and “Beauvaisiennes”. The town is about 62km from Amiens, 78km from Paris, 81km from Rouen, 160km from Reims and 198km from Lille.
Beauvais was founded by the Romans. It owes its name to a Gallic tribe known as the Bellovaci, which was defeated by Julius Caesar in 52 BC. From the 5th to the 10th centuries AD, the town was attacked numerous times by barbarian tribes. Starting in the 11th century, Beauvais was governed by a bishop who was under the authority of the King of France. The town suffered terribly during the Hundred Years War but was able to prevail.