67 Notable Architectures in France that you should visit - With photos & details

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67 Notable Architectures to explore in France

France, including its overseas territories, has the most number of time zones with a total of 12 time zones. France has long been a global center of art, science, and philosophy. It hosts the world's fourth-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the leading tourist destination, receiving around 83 million foreign visitors annually.

Abbaye De LérinsÎle Saint-Honorat, 06400 Cannes, France

Abbaye De Lérins is a Cistercian monastery situated on the island of Saint Honorat off the coast of Cannes. A monastic culture has existed there since the 5th century. The monks are planting vineyards today, making wine and liqueur.

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque84220 Gordes, France

The Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque is one of the purest examples of primitive Cistercian architecture Located deep in its Provençal valley.

Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud49590 Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, France

The Royal Abbey of Our Lady of Fontevraud is one of the largest surviving abbeys dating from the middle ages, located in the village ofFontevraud-l'Abbaye, near Chinon, in the former French duchy of Anjou. From 1804 to 1963, the complex of monastic buildings acted as a prison. The Abbey is situated in the Loire Valley which is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Aix Cathedral13100 Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church and a national monument of France located in Aix-en-Provence of southern France. The church was designed using a mixture of three architectural styles (Romanesque, Gothic, and Neo-Gothic).

Arles Amphitheatre1 Rond-Point des Arènes, 13200 Arles, France

Located in the city of Aries, Arles Amphitheatre is one of city’s most important and impressive Roman structures. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arles Amphitheatre was built in 90 AD and during its prime time, it had a seating capacity of over over 20,000 spectators. It was built to conduct chariot races and bloddy hand to hand battles.

Arts Museum of Nantes10 Rue Georges Clemenceau, 44000 Nantes, France

The Fine Arts Museum of Nantes is one of the largest museums in the region. The museum exhibits a summary of all the main French and European art movements which includes paintings from the 13th century to modern art.

Avignon CathedralPlace du Palais, 84000 Avignon, France

Avignon Cathedral is one of the renown Roman Catholic church situated in the Avignon commune of France. It was built in the twelfth century. It features a roman style of architecture and a gilded statue of the Virgin Mary atop the bell tower.

Basilique Notre-Dame de la GardeRue Fort du Sanctuaire, 13281 Marseille, France

Notre-Dame de la Garde is a Catholic basilica in Marseille city. The basilica is located at the south side of the Old Port of Marseille, on the highest point in Marseille- a 149-meter high limestone outcropping. It was built on the foundation of an ancient fort.

Bordeaux CathedralPlace Pey Berland, 33000 Bordeaux, France

An elegant imposing gothic cathedral which was located in the heart of the capital of Aquitaine. One of the largest religious buildings in Bordeaux which was listed in the UNESCO world heritage site since 1998.  King Louis VII and King Louis XIII both got married in this church. Its architecture is also one of the important things which attract peoples here.

Castle ChamerollesGallerand, 45170 Chilleurs-aux-Bois, France

A beautiful Chateau which was built in the 16th century situated in Chilleurs-aux-Bois. The main feature of this chateau is the ascents and perfumes museum introducing visitors to the history and evolution of perfume. It also has a beautiful garden with a wide variety of flora and fauna. It has been classified as a historical monument since 1927 and an inscription since 1988.

Castle Park and Gardens of Azay-le-Ferron31-33 Rue Hersent-Luzarche, 36290 Azay-le-Ferron, France

The Chateau Azay le Ferron is a typical example of beautiful French rich architecture features a garden à la française and a French landscape garden dating to the 17th century in 123 acres in total. it is owned by the city of Tours and is open to the public.  Visitors can take a tour of the 18 furnished rooms featuring sumptuous collections of furniture, tapestry, paintings, and objets d'art.

Cathedral of Saint Julian of Le Mans2 Place Saint Michel, 72000 Le Mans, France

Le Mans Cathedral is known for its architecture and its rich collection of stained glass and the striking bifurcating flying buttresses. Its construction was completed in the 14th century. The cathedral is dedicated to the first bishop of the town, Saint Julian of Le Mans, who founded Christianity around the beginning of the 4th century in the city.

Cathédrale La MajorPlace de la Major, 13002 Marseille, France

Marseille Cathedral is a national monument of France located in Marseille. It has been a basilica minor since 1896 and is the seat of the Archdiocese of Marseille. Marseille Cathedral is truly one of the best architectural wonders in the region.

Cathédrale Notre Dame de StrasbourgPlace de la Cathédrale, 67000 Strasbourg, France

The cathedral of Strasbourg Notre Dame is a cathedral gothic Catholic located in Strasbourg, region, East Grand, in the French department of the Bas-Rhin in Alsace. It was founded in 1015 on the remains of a previous cathedral and will be built from 1220 by the free city of Strasbourg, a rich merchant, and financial republic, in the Gothic style.  It is currently the second-highest cathedral in France, after Rouen Cathedral. A majestic cathedral that is renowned for its history and also architec

Cathédrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers4 Rue Saint-Christophe, 49100 Angers, France

Angers Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church that was classified as a national monument of France in 1862 for its fusion of Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles.

Chartres Cathedral16 Cloître Notre Dame, 28000 Chartres, France

Also known as the cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres, is a gothic cathedral located in Chartres, France. It was constructed between 1194 and 1220 and is designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO.  The vast nave of the church, the porches with fine sculptures, and the stained-glass windows increase the beauty of the church. This church is a milestone in the development of Western architecture because it employs all the structural elements of the new Gothic architecture.

Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil7 Rue du Château, 18200 Ainay-le-Vieil, France

Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil is a 14th-century castle built on the grounds of an earlier 12th-century castle in Ainay-le-Vieil, France. The castle has been listed as a Monument Historique since 1968 by the French Ministry of Culture. The castle, now part of Jacques Cœur's tourist route, has been nicknamed "the little Carcassonne" because of its circular shape. It is now one of the best-preserved fortresses of the 14th century.

Château d'Anet2 Place du Château, 28260 Anet, France

A majestic castle which was A jewel of French Renaissance architecture built by Philippe l'Orme in 1548. There is a sign of every renowned architects of that time. it underwent considerable and magnificent enlargement in the future and It is now one of the notable architecture in this area. The château is especially noted for its exterior, notably the Fountain of Diana is also the main attraction here.

Château d'Angers2 Promenade du Bout du Monde, 49100 Angers, France

Château d'Angers is a castle converted into a museum that houses the world's oldest and largest collection of medieval tapestries. This beautiful historical monument is located in the city of Angers. It houses the world-famous collection of Tapestries of the Apocalypse.

Château d'IfChâteau d'If, 13007 Marseille, France

Château d'If is a famous castle in southern France. It was built by Francis I in 1524, the castle was used for several centuries as a state prison. The island is uninhabited except of the fortress.