The most beautiful cathedrals in France

France is the land of beautiful churches and cathedrals, there’s not question about it. Stories have been told about some of the most famous cathedrals in France (the Humpback of Notre Dame, for example), and people from all over the world come to see them. From severe and majestic Romanesque cathedrals, intricate Gothic constructions or to exuberant Baroque, French religious architecture has it all. There ‘s no better place to go on a hunt for beautiful cathedrals than France. So for those interested in architecture, here are some of the most beautiful cathedrals in France.

Notre-Dame de Paris, Paris

Through its sheer size and massive amount of beautifully crafted details, there’s no way the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris could come second best on a list of the most beautiful cathedrals in France. Although Notre-Dame is one of those famous sights that you can see on countless postcards and souvenirs, nothing beats seeing this amazing building in real life. Take a walk around the huge building and peek at the gargoyles, then marvel at the beautiful interior decorations.

Rouen Cathedral, Rouen 

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Rouen is nicknamed the city of a hundred spires because of the huge number of churches and other medieval buildings, but the tallest spire of the all (and in the entire country) is that of the Rouen Cathedral. This spectacular building inspire the French impressionist painter Monet is several of this works. To truly appreciate the magnificence of the building, pop by during mass and listen to the echo of the voices on the beautifully decorated walls.

Strasbourg Cathedral, Strasbourg

This striking Gothic cathedral is a blur of pinkish awesomeness in the middle of Strasbourg, and although it has only one spire, no one can possibly deny its beauty. However, it’s the stained glass windows that make this cathedral so worthwhile to visit. Don’t forget to take a look at the mechanical astronomical clock whose automatons tell the time.

Reims Cathedral, Reims 

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The cathedral in Reims is important not only because of its architecture, but also because it was built on the site where the French king Clovis was baptized in the 5th century. But for the onlooker, the three huge arches decorated with more statues that one can count are reasons enough to visit this religious building.The gallery of kings inside the cathedral is well worth visiting – it has some interesting statues of French kings.

Tours Cathedral, Tours 

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The cathedral in Tours is a great example of Gothic architecture with its penchant for intricacy and detail. Besides its stunning facade, the Tours Cathedral has more to its name: some of the most beautiful stained glass windows in the entire world.

 

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