Last Updated on August 31, 2019
France’s architecture makes the country such an amazing place to visit. It has all the offerings you’d expect from your trip: world-class museums, galleries and monuments, just to name a few. France has plenty of experiences to delight the eye and feed the soul wherever you are in the country. If you’re a fan of historic architecture, be sure to visit these breathtaking buildings around the country!
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
Dating back to the 13th century, this beautiful Gothic cathedral is situated on the Île de la Cité, in Paris. It is the tallest, the most spectacular and the most beautiful building ever. It is widely considered to be one of the world’s most significant works of modern architecture. With its huge scale, stained glass windows, gargoyles and its huge bells, this church will offer you a unique experience. You can even enjoy breathtaking views over central Paris and the Seine.
Louvre Museum, Paris
Gain insight into the Parisian experience through paintings, sculpture and historical memorabilia. It is the most famous museum in the world, with many different historical pieces of art. The museum boasts more than 35,000 paintings, artifacts and sculptures as well. Visitors can find many souvenirs for sale next to the museum, including exhibition catalogues and art gifts.
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Your visit to Paris would not be complete without seeing the Musée d’Orsay. It has an interesting story, which was designed as a train station. In addition, this building offers some of the world’s major works of French art like paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. Uncover its objects from the 19th century and early 20th centuries. Enjoy the view over the museum’s statues. However, don’t forget to buy your entrance ticket before you go to the museum.
Cathedral of Sainte Reparate, Nice
The Cathedral of Sainte Reparate is a great place to visit. Dating back to the 17th century, it is the most elegant and the largest church in the old town of Nice. Appreciate why it took 50 years to complete this gloriously intricate church. There’s lots to admire inside, such as the ornamentation in marble, altar, ten chapels and three organs. Any visit to Nice should also include a car hire drive to this mesmerizing church.
Chateau de Versailles, Versailles
Something of a surprise, the magnificent Palaces of Versailles is unmissable. Tour the Chateau de Versailles for its history and heritage. You will discover some royal apartments, a museum and a gallery which provided an opportunity to impress visitors. Those include the King’s Grand Apartments, the Queen’s Grand Apartment, the Grand Trianon Palaces, the Hall of Mirrors, the Royal Chapelle, the History of France Museum and the Galerie de l’Histoire du Château. Apart from that, you can spend as much time in the gardens found there.
Old belfry of Besse
It’s one of the rare nice old buildings in Auvergne, France. Walk beneath the old belfry, relax and enjoy the moment. You will find people walking or just enjoying themselves. Take a stroll through the Old Town’s shops. Don’t miss a visit towards Besse’s rustic brasseries where you can enjoy a carafe of Saint-Pourçain wine and taste greased potatoes drowned in cheese.
Cathedral Notre Dame d’Amiens, Amiens
Also known as Amiens Cathedral or Notre-Dame d’Amiens, it is located in the city of Amiens, in the Somme River valley north of Paris. It is one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981. It caters to space buffs as well, with an exterior length of 476 feet and an interior length of 438 feet. All its details make the cathedral feel like a grand space. The building’s exterior is both architectural and pictorial. Moreover, it provides a serene place for worship and reflection. So much things to explore. So what are you waiting for?
Abbaye du beau port, Northern Brittany
Founded by the Prémonté order in 1202, and built in the 13th century, it is a lovely ecclesiastical landscape. As a matter of fact, it is classified as a historic monument in 1862 and became a private residence later. However, what to do there? Stroll through the grounds and be amazed by the views of the sea and the Isle of Saint Riom. Furthermore, the Abbaye is surrounded by exquisite gardens, so escape to its gardens, relax and unwind amongst stunning natural beauty.
France is full of amazing buildings that can be compared to beautiful works of art, one of its most visited historical places is the Mont Saint-Michel. Dating back to the year 708, it became a modern religious building. It has been classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. This beautiful building captures the imagination of many travellers, which attracts approximately 2,5 million visitors each year.
Towers of Chartres cathedral, Brittany
People looking for a thrilling adventure must visit Chartres Cathedral Towers. It is one of the most distinctive and popular destinations in Brittany. The two bell towers you can find were built in different eras: the one is a Flamboyant Gothic style and the other is a Romanesque style. Climb up the tower to admire the view over Chartres city and the beautiful landscape of Eure et Loir.