Top 10 Most Famous Monuments of France

0

It could be challenging to set a list of the top 10 monuments of France. The truth is that such a list is highly subjective… unless you take account of the number of visitors per monuments. The other issue we have with French monuments is that they are so many of them. And they are diverse as well, from Roman ruins to Renaissance chateaux and from Gothic cathedrals to stunning bridges… All that to say that it makes it hard to rank them all. So, if you don’t mind, here is a (very) personal attempt of listing my top 10 monuments of France. If you have another ranking in mind, please do share it by commenting below, it’d be surely interesting to hear about it! 


Top 10 Most Famous Monuments of France outside Paris

In 2018 France welcomed 89.4 million foreign visitors. Never before the country recorded so many tourists. This record makes France the world’s top destination. The French government’s tourism committee targets 100 million foreign tourists for 2020.

Tourism is a key sector of the French economy (it accounts for nearly 8% of GDP). Visitors come to France to explore its sheer landscape diversity ranging from coastline to gentle rolling hills and snow-capped mountains… The beauty of France is seen in each of its region. They all look and feel different. You’ll find this in the architecture, in the gastronomy and sometimes in the accent spoken.

A big part of the touristic success of France comes from its famous monuments.

The Eiffel Tower of course. And many monuments of Paris such as Notre-Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre

But the Province (that is France except Paris!) boasts some grand and renowns landmarks too. Some of them welcome millions of visitors each year. People would travel from far away to discover their beauties.

Let me go through my favourite French monuments…

#1 Mont-Saint-Michel, Normandy

Mont Saint-Michel © French Moments

Mont-Saint-Michel © M. Martin – French Moments

Click here to get your ticket to the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel!

#2 Cité of Carcassonne, Languedoc

Cité de Carcassonne from the Lower Town © French Moments

The fortified town of Carcassonne © French Moments

#3 Reims Cathedral, Champagne-Ardenne

Reims 16 © French Moments

The west front of Reims Cathedral © French Moments

#4 Pont du Gard, Languedoc

#5 Arles Amphitheatre, Provence

Amphitheatre of Arles - Public Domain

Amphitheatre of Arles – Public Domain

#6 Shrine of Rocamadour, Midi-Pyrénées

Rocamadour 9 © French Moments

Rocamadour © French Moments

#7 Chambord, Centre-Val de Loire 

Chambord Castle © Arnaud_Scherer - licence [CC BY-SA 4.0] from Wikimedia Commons

Chambord Castle © Arnaud_Scherer – licence [CC BY-SA 4.0] from Wikimedia Commons

#8 Popes’ Palace, Avignon

The Popes' Palace in Avignon © French Moments

The Popes’ Palace in Avignon © French Moments

#9 Chenonceau Castle, Centre

Chenonceau © Ra-smit [GFDL (http-::www.gnu.org:copyleft:fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Chenonceau © Ra-smit [GFDL (http-::www.gnu.org:copyleft:fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

#10 Hospices of Beaune, Burgundy

Hospices de Beaune © French Moments

Hospices de Beaune © French Moments


Famous monuments of France: and the list goes on…

11. Amphitheatre of Nîmes (Languedoc)

12. Strasbourg Cathedral (Alsace)

Things to see in Strasbourg: the cathedral © French Moments

Things to see in Strasbourg: the lofty Gothic cathedral © French Moments

13. Citadel of Besançon (Franche-Comté)

14. Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (Centre)

15. Chartres Cathedral (Centre)

16. Pierrefonds Castle (Picardy)

17. Millau Viaduct (Midi-Pyrénées)

18. Fourvière Basilica (Rhône-Alpes)

19. Trophy of Augustus in La Turbie (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)

20. Chantilly Castle (Picardy)

Chantilly in July © French Moments

The chateau of Chantilly seen from the gardens © French Moments

21. Maison Carrée in Nîmes (Languedoc)

22. Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle (Alsace)

The Haut-Kœnigsbourg castle and the view to the plain of Alsace © French Moments

The Haut-Kœnigsbourg castle and the view to the plain of Alsace © French Moments

23. Notre-Dame de la Garde in Marseille (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)

24. Fonserannes Lock in Béziers (Languedoc)

25. Capitole in Toulouse (Midi-Pyrénées)

26. Abbey of Fontenay (Burgundy)

27. Blois Castle (Centre)

28. Amiens Cathedral (Picardy)

29. Rouen Cathedral (Normandy)

West Front Façade of Rouen 01 Cathedral copyright French Moments

West Front Façade of Rouen Cathedral © French Moments

30. Lourdes Basilica (Midi-Pyrénées)

31. Roman Theatre of Orange (Provence)

32. Monument aux Girondins, Bordeaux (Aquitaine)

33. Pompidou Museum of Metz (Lorraine)

34. Abbaye aux Hommes, Caen (Normandy)

35. Vizille Castle (Rhône-Alpes)

36. Royal Monastery of Brou (Rhône-Alpes)

37. Périgueux Cathedral (Aquitaine)

38. Lion of Belfort (Franche-Comté)

Lion of Belfort 02 © French Moments

Lion of Belfort © French Moments

39. House of Joan of Arc (Lorraine)

40. Charles de Gaulle Memorial (Champagne-Ardenne)


English-French Vocabulary

(f) for féminin, (m) for masculin, (adj) for adjective and (v) for verbs

  • bridge = pont (m)
  • castle = château (m)
  • cathedral = cathédrale (f)
  • church = église (f)
  • monument = monument (m)
  • palace = palais (m)
  • site = site (m)
  • tourism = tourisme (m)
  • tourist = touriste (m/f)
  • to travel = voyager (v)
  • to visit = visiter (v)
  • visitor = visiteur (m) / visiteuse (f)

Share.

About Author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

Leave A Reply

*

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.