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Amiens Cathedral
Département of Somme, Picardie Region

Amiens Cathedral

Amiens Cathedral, in the heart of Picardy, is one of the largest 'classic' Gothic churches of the 13th century. It is notable for the coherence of its plan, the beauty of its three-tier interior elevation and the particularly fine display of sculptures on the principal facade and in the south transept.

Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments
Département of Bouches-du-Rhône, Region of Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur

Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments

Arles is a good example of the adaptation of an ancient city to medieval European civilization. It has some impressive Roman monuments, of which the earliest – the arena, the Roman theatre and the cryptoporticus (subterranean galleries) – date back to the 1st century B.C. During the 4th century Arles experienced a second golden age, as attested by the baths of Constantine and the necropolis of Alyscamps. In the 11th and 12th centuries, Arles once again became one of the most attractive cities in the Mediterranean. Within the city walls, Saint-Trophime, with its cloister, is one of Provence's major Romanesque monuments.

Bourges Cathedral
Département of Cher, Centre Region

Bourges Cathedral

The Cathedral of St Etienne of Bourges, built between the late 12th and late 13th centuries, is one of the great masterpieces of Gothic art and is admired for its proportions and the unity of its design. The tympanum, sculptures and stained-glass windows are particularly striking. Apart from the beauty of the architecture, it attests to the power of Christianity in medieval France.

Canal du Midi
Région Midi-Pyrénées (departments de la Haute-Garonne et du Tarn); Région Languedoc-Roussillon (dép. de l'Aude et de l'Herault)

Canal du Midi

This 360-km network of navigable waterways linking the Mediterranean and the Atlantic through 328 structures (locks, aqueducts, bridges, tunnels, etc.) is one of the most remarkable feats of civil engineering in modern times. Built between 1667 and 1694, it paved the way for the Industrial Revolution. The care that its creator, Pierre-Paul Riquet, took in the design and the way it blends with its surroundings turned a technical achievement into a work of art.

Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Remi and Palace of Tau, Reims
Département of Marne, Champagne Ardenne Region

Notre-Dame

The outstanding handling of new architectural techniques in the 13th century, and the harmonious marriage of sculptural decoration with architecture, has made Notre-Dame in Reims one of the masterpieces of Gothic art. The former abbey still has its beautiful 9th-century nave, in which lie the remains of Archbishop St Rémi (440–533), who instituted the Holy Anointing of the kings of France. The former archiepiscopal palace known as the Tau Palace, which played an important role in religious ceremonies, was almost entirely rebuilt in the 17th century.

Chartres Cathedral
Département of Eure-et-Loire, Centre Region

Chartres Cathedral

Partly built starting in 1145, and then reconstructed over a 26-year period after the fire of 1194, Chartres Cathedral marks the high point of French Gothic art. The vast nave, in pure ogival style, the porches adorned with fine sculptures from the middle of the 12th century, and the magnificent 12th- and 13th-century stained-glass windows, all in remarkable condition, combine to make it a masterpiece.

Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
Département of Côte d'Or, Bourgogne Region

Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay

This stark Burgundian monastery was founded by St Bernard in 1119. With its church, cloister, refectory, sleeping quarters, bakery and ironworks, it is an excellent illustration of the ideal of self-sufficiency as practised by the earliest communities of Cistercian monks.

Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay
Départements of: La Manche and Ille-et-Vilaine, Regions of Basse-Normandie and Bretagne

Mont-Saint-Michel

Perched on a rocky islet in the midst of vast sandbanks exposed to powerful tides between Normandy and Brittany stand the 'Wonder of the West', a Gothic-style Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel St Michael, and the village that grew up in the shadow of its great walls. Built between the 11th and 16th centuries, the abbey is a technical and artistic tour de force, having had to adapt to the problems posed by this unique natural site.

Palace and Park of Fontainebleau
Département of Seine-et-Marne, Ile-de-France

Palace and Park of Fontainebleau

Used by the kings of France from the 12th century, the medieval royal hunting lodge of Fontainebleau, standing at the heart of a vast forest in the Ile-de-France, was transformed, enlarged and embellished in the 16th century by François I, who wanted to make a 'New Rome' of it. Surrounded by an immense park, the Italianate palace combines Renaissance and French artistic traditions.

Palace and Park of Versailles
Département of Yvelines, Ile-de-France

Palace and Park of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles was the principal residence of the French kings from the time of Louis XIV to Louis XVI. Embellished by several generations of architects, sculptors, decorators and landscape architects, it provided Europe with a model of the ideal royal residence for over a century.

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Aix en Provence

Albi

Amboise

Angers

Annecy

Antibes

Arles

Avignon

Bandol

Baux de Provence

Beaucaire

Beaufortain

Beaune

Bergerac

Beziers

Biarritz

Bigluglia

Blois

Bordeaux

Bourg St. Maurice

Brest

Cairanne

Caissargues

Cannes

Carcassonne

Carqueiranne

Castres

Chalon Sur Saone

Chamonix

Clermont-Ferrand

Colmar

Congenies

Cordes

Correze

Courbevoie

Crozon

Dijon

Draguignan

Faverges

Gourdon

Grenoble

Grigny

Honfleur

Hyeres

Issy les Moulineaux

Joue les Tours

Juan les Pins

La Rallerie

La Reole

La Rochelle

Le Lavandou

Le Mans

Les Arcs

Les Mureaux

Lille

Limay

Limoges

Limoges-Rochechouart

Lourdes

Lucciana

Lyon

Lyon-Massieux

Marne-la-Vallee - Brie

Marseille

Marseille Airport

Marvejols

Mazamet

Menton

Montpellier

Nanterre

Nantes

Narbonne

Nice

Nimes

Orange

Orly

Ouistreham

Paris

Paris-Cergy Pontoise

Paris-Disneyland

Paris-La Defense

Paris-Saint Denis

Paris-Tremblay-en-France

Pau

Perigueux

Perpignan

Perros Guirec

Poitiers

Pontault Combault

Pontlevot

Pontrieux

Prayssac

Quillan

Reims

Rouen

Rubelles

Ruffec

Sahorre

Saint Cyr sur Mer

Saint Gauburge

Saint Julien en Genevois

Saint Michel de Lanes

Saint Raphael

Saint Remy de Provence

Saint-Malo

Saint-Maximin

Saintes Maries de la Mer

Salleles d'Aude

Salon de Provence

Sanary

Saumur

Savigny le Temple

Semeac

Six Fours les Plages

Soupex

St Emilion

St Paul

St. Palais de Phiolin

Strasbourg

Thones

Toulon

Toulouse

Tours

Tours-Chambray les Tours

Varetz

Vence

Versailles

Verteuil sur Charente

Villedieu-les-Poeles

Villefranche de Rouergue

Villeneuve Loubet

Vouzon








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