Top 10 Most Famous Monuments of France


After much reflexion and research here is our Top 10 most famous monuments of France. The list includes some of the most visited – and famous – monuments, castles, palaces, cathedrals, churches, bridges… that are part of the French national heritage.


Top 10 Most Famous Monuments of France outside Paris

To avoid having at least half the list filled with Paris monuments (Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Sacré-Cœur, Versailles Palace), only sites from outside the Île de France are taken into account. Also, keep in mind this is our own list… which could be challenged by any of our francophile readers! (please comment by adding monuments you think there should be mentioned). It will give us the opportunity to present you with some must-to-see sites in France.

1 Mont-Saint-Michel, Normandy 


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2 Cité of Carcassonne, Languedoc


3 Reims Cathedral, Champagne-Ardenne


4 Pont du Gard, Languedoc

5 Arles Amphitheatre, Provence

6 Shrine of Rocamadour, Midi-Pyrénées

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7 Chambord, Centre 

8 Popes’ Palace, Avignon

9 Chenonceau Castle, Centre

10 Hospices of Beaune, Burgundy

And the list goes on…

11. Amphitheatre of Nîmes (Languedoc)

12. Strasbourg Cathedral (Alsace)

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)


21. Maison Carrée in Nîmes (Languedoc)

22. Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle (Alsace)

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)

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)

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)


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.

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