France the City of Light is the world’s most visited. Here is are list for the most famous famous monuments of France.
France features beautiful countrysides and romantic cities filled with monuments and other tourist attractions. Many visitors travel to France to visit the star-studded Riviera or explore its verdant vineyards. Travelers seeking to explore France’s popular monuments find many of them in or near Paris. To explore the entire country, buy a pass for France’s extensive national rail system.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 the own list which could be challenged by any of the 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 Franc.
Famous French Monuments
Visit Paris’ Louvre museum, which houses both both contemporary and historic art from all over the world. See ancient Egyptian and Greek works, along with more modern painters and sculptors. The museum houses both a permanent collection and temporary exhibits. See the Louvre’s iconic glass pyramid that rises from the middle of the museum’s outdoor courtyard. Inside the museum, the glass area looks like a huge skylight. Visitors tour the museum every day except for Tuesday the Louvre closes on major French holidays.
Palace of Versaille
The Palace of Versaille about a half-hour drive outside of Paris housed Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI during the 1700s it was the center of ruling power until 1789. Encompassing nearly 2,000 acres, the grounds include meticulously landscaped gardens designed over a 40 year span. Walk through the main palace’s Hall of Mirrors with its many chandeliers it features ceilings hand-painted with images depicting the royal family’s history.
The Eiffel Tower dominates the Parisian skyline and attracts thousands of tourists every day. This vast iron monument was completed in 1889 based on the designs of engineer Gustave Eiffel, and is one of the world’s most iconic landmarks. The most extensive views can be found on the Tower’s 3rd level at 276m, which has its own separate lift from the second floor.
The Millau viaduct
Measuring 2,460 metres long and towering 270 metres above the ground at its highest point, the Millau viaduct is a true architectural feat. The cable bridge spans the Tarn Valley and forms part of the A75 motorway. As you cross you are treated to a breathtaking view. Construction on the structure required 13 years of study but only 3 years of work. Opened in 2004, the Millau viaduct is one of France’s most popular modern monuments.
This neo-classical white monument with its formidable colonnaded dome stands at the top of the Sainte-Geneviève hill. Originally a church, the Panthéon has since become a necropolis for France’s greatest citizens and a popular national monument.
Montmartre is a hill located in the north of Paris, 130 meters high, having its name to the surrounding neighborhood. Montmartre is best known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacred Heart, at the top. It was completed in 1919 and honors the French victims of the Franco-Prussian war of 1870. If you’re in the area, do visit the Square of Tertre, few blocks from the Basilica. There are many artists setting up their easels to paint tourists or exhibit their work. Place du Tertre is a reminder of the time when Montmartre was the hub of modern art in the early 20th century; many artists such as Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh worked there.