Visiting France and departing from there without examining its world heritage sites would not be fair since they are some of the most important landmarks of the country. Given below are brief details of those sites.
Chartres Cathedral: Lovers of Gothic architecture should not miss Chartres cathedral that was built in the eleventh century. Check out its Renaissance choir screens, statuary, and stained glass work. A fire ravished the original cathedral and the one you see now was constructed in the mid thirteenth century.
Mont St. Michael: Twelve Benedictine monks founded this Romanesque Gothic style monastery that is perched on a small granite islet.
Vézelay, Church and Hill: Built in the Romanesque style around 875 AD, this abbey church dominates the fortified village of Vézelay. Do not miss the three door portal that were carved between the years 1125 and 1130.
Decorated Grottoes of the Vézère Valley: It is over here that the first remains of the Cro-Magnun man were found. This site includes sixteen world heritage site listings. According to authentic reports, this site has been occupied continuously for nearly 100,000 years.
Amiens Cathedral: Constructed in three levels and reaching a height of 42 meters, it is the largest cathedral of France.
Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay: Arguably, one of the most prosperous of Cistercian monasteries, this abbey housed nearly three hundred monks during the fourteenth century.
Roman and Romanesque Monuments of Arles: Lovers of architecture will enjoy viewing the eight important monuments/ buildings over here. They are Ruins from an old fortress, Montmajour abbey, the Church of St. Trophime, Alyscamps, heated baths of Constantine, the Crypto-Porticus underground gallery, the arena, and the ancient theatre.
The Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans: The construction of this site started in 1775. Claude Nicolas Ledoux designed it. The site has been expanded to incorporate the Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains.
Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: Charlemagne founded a monastery on this site in the year 811. The Benedictine monks rebuilt the current abbey on this location in the year 1640. Do not miss out the exceptional murals inside this complex.
Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct): This aqueduct that is located in Languedoc-Roussilon was built around 20 BC to supply water to the town of Nimes.
Paris, Banks of the Seine: the age old distinction between Paris downstream and Paris upstream is what led to this particular stretch of the Seine being listed in the world heritage site.
Apart from the sites listed above there are quite a number of world heritage sites in Frnce and their list is provided below:
- Palace and Park of Versailles
- Palace and Park of Fontainebleau
- Orange (Roman Theatre and the Triumphal Arch)
- Place Stanislas, Place de la Carrière, and Place d’Alliance, Nancy
- Cape Girolata, Cape Porto and Scandola Natural Reserve, Corsica
- Strasbourg, Grande Ile
- Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Remi and Tau Palace, of Reims
- Bourges Cathedral
- Historic Center of Avignon
- Le Canal du Midi
- Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne
- Pyrenees – Mount Perdu
- Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
- Historic Site of Lyons
- Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion
- Belfries of Belgium and France
- The Loire Valley between Maine and Sully-sur-Loire
- Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs
- Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret
- Bordeaux, Port de la Lune
- Fortifications of Vauban
- Lagoons of New Caledonia: Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems
- Episcopal City of Albi
- Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island