The best cultural World Heritage Sites in France

Mont Saint-Michel Mike Cattell/Flickr

Mont Saint-Michel ©Mike Cattell/Flickr

France is a fascinating country with dozens of fantastic visitor attractions. Some of the world’s most breathtaking sights can be found here, in France. Such attractions are the Eiffel Tower, the Palace of Versailles, the Notre Dame Basilica, the Papal Palace in Avignon, Mont Saint-Michel, Chartres Cathedral, the Louvre Museum and so on. There are tens or maybe even hundreds of fascinating cultural sights in France which are with no doubt worth visiting. If you prefer to visit cultural sights on your holidays, this guide was written to you. Below I will present you the best cultural World Heritage Sites in France. A visit to any of these makes an unforgettable experience.

Mont Saint-Michel

As one of the most spectacular World Heritage Sites in France, Mont Saint-Michel is a popular tourist destination. Attracting about 3 millions of visitors every year, this astonishing site is actually a commune situated in Normandy. The abbey situated on top of the tidal island is one of the most famous and most representative buildings of France. A visit to this unique attraction is with no doubt an unforgettable experience.

Mont Saint-Michel Mike Cattell/Flickr

Mont Saint-Michel ©Mike Cattell/Flickr

The Papal Palace and Avignon Bridge

Situated in Southern France, Avignon has been an important settlement. Two of its landmarks, the Papal Palace and Avignon Bridge had been inscribed on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites since 1995. The Papal Palace is one of Europe’s most significant medieval Gothic structures. It attracts about 600.000 of visitors yearly, being one of France’s top ten visitor attractions. Also known as the Pont d’Avignon, the Avignon Bridge is very famous among visitors, too.

The Palace of Versailles

With no doubt one of the most representative cultural sights of France, the breathtaking Palace of Versailles with its gardens had been inscribed on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites since 1979. Located in the suburbs of Paris, the immense palace is extremely popular among tourists. The palace can be visited Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 18:30. The prices of the tickets vary: April to October the tickets cost €20, while November to March the tickets cost €16. (April 2013)

Interior part of the Palace of Versailles sadatshami/Flickr

Interior part of the Palace of Versailles ©sadatshami/Flickr

The Cité de Carcassonne

Another fantastic cultural World Heritage Site of France is the breathtaking Cité de Carcassonne. It was actually the fortified city of Carcassonne. Located on a hill, the amazing cultural sight is very famous. It can be found in the Aude department, adjacent to the city of Carcassonne. Visiting this unique attraction is surely a memorable experience.

Cité de Carcassonne Squelle/ookaboo

Cité de Carcassonne ©Squelle/ookaboo

Chartres Cathedral

One of the most spectacular cathedrals of France, Chartres Cathedral is considered one of the French Gothic architecture’s most beautiful jewels. It is very well preserved, being a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. The astonishing cathedral attracts a large number of tourists and pilgrims from all over the world.

 

 

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