World Heritage Sites in France
Travel & Culture
There are currently 39 properties of cultural and natural heritage in France that are included in UNESCO's World Heritage List. Some of these sites include:
The Cathedral of St Etienne of Bourges (Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Bourges), built between the late 12th and 13th centuries, is a masterpiece of Gothic art. It retains most of its original glass which dates from around 1215. The north tower collapsed in 1506 due to the settling of the foundations though was repaired over the next 30 years. The south tower is called the "deaf tower" because it does not contain bells (due to their weight). A tour of the crypt tombs is recommended.
Carcassone - Historic Fortified City
A fortified settlement has existed on the of Carcassone since before Roman times (first known occupation dates back to the 6th century BC). Now it is an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town with impressive walls around its castle and Gothic cathedral.
The Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Chartres (Basilique Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres) was constructed between 1194 and 1250. The cathedral is in excellent condition and is a marvelous example of French Gothic architecture. It still retains its original stained glass windows (which were removed for safekeeping in 1939 just before Germany invaded France in World War II) and it also has the largest crypt in France. Chartres is situated around 80km (50 miles) southwest of Paris.
Pont du Gard
An ancient Roman aqueduct bridge that crosses the Gardon River. It was built in the 1st century AD and along with the Aqueduct of Segovia is one of the best preserved of its kind. The Pont du Gard Aqueduct is the highest of all Roman aqueduct bridges ever built (48.8m - 160ft). It is located in Vers-Pont-de-Gard in the Gard "département" of southern France.
Other World Heritage Sites in France:
- Albi - Episcopal City
- Amiens Cathedral
- Arles - Roman monuments
- Avignon - Historic Centre
- Bordeaux - Port of the Moon
- Canal de Midi
- Cistercian Abby of Fontenay
- Fontainebleau Palace and Park
- Le Havre
- Loire Valley
- Lyons - Historic Site
- Nancy - Place Stanislas, Place de la Carrière, Place d'Alliance
- Orange - Roman theatre and Triumphal Arch
- Paris - Banks of the Seine
- Provins - Town of Medieval Fairs
- Reims - Cathedral of Notre-Dame
- Saint-Savin sur Gartempe Abbey Church
- Strasbourg - Grande île
- Vauban - Fortifications
- Versailles Palace and Park
- Vézelay Church and Hill
- Vézère Valley Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves
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