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55 Old Ruins 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 Jumièges24 Rue Guillaume le Conquérant, 76480 Jumièges, France

Jumièges is one of the most famous abbeys in Normandy which was founded Founded in the 7th century by Saint Philibert. It was transformed into a stone quarry after the French Revolution, the remains are magisterial and offer an unforgettable vision.  Jumièges Abbey was called “the most beautiful ruin in France”, and benefited from the image of an outdoor site impregnated with Romanticism.

Abbaye de Montmajour13200 Arles, France

Abbaye de Montmajour is a fortified Benedictine monastery that was founded between the 10th and 18th centuries. During the Middle Ages, it was a major pilgrimage site. Today, the abbey ruins are preserved by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux as a historical monument.

Abbaye Saint-VictorPlace Saint-Victor, 13007 Marseille, France

Saint-Victor Abbey is a former abbey situated in Marseille. It was founded during the late Roman period and named after the saint and martyr of the local soldier, Victor of Marseilles.

Archaeological Sites Cucuruzzu and Capulamaison d'accueil, 20170 Levie, France

Crossing a Mediterranean forest in the heart of a preserved environment, you will discover the Casteddu de Cucuruzzu, which is one of the twenty or so known casteddi of the island, located mainly in southern Corsica. Discovered in 1959 by the archaeologist Roger Grosjean, the Cucuruzzu site has been listed as a Historic Monument since 1982 and is on the list of 100 historic sites of common interest in the Mediterranean countries. It unveils to the public architectural remains of the Bronze Age.

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.

BarnenezCairn de Barnénez, 29252 Plouezoc'h, France

Barnenez is the largest megalithic mausoleum in Europe and also one of the world’s oldest pyramids. It shows light to the ancient history and mystery of the locality. The footprint of the Barnenez cairn takes the form of a trapezoid. The entire monument is 74 meters long and it is one of the earliest megalithic monuments in Europe and one of the oldest man-made structures in the whole world.

Cailhau Gate BordeauxPlace du Palais, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Cailhau Gate is a city ​​gate in Bordeaux, in the French department of Gironde. It served as both a defensive door and a triumphal arch and has been listed as an ahistorical monument since 1883. it was the main entrance to the city from the port and give access to the  Palais de l'Ombrière, the residence of the Dukes of Guyenne, then the seat of the Parliament of Bordeaux from 1462.

Castle Hill06300 Nice, France

Castle Hill Located near the city center of Nice. It offers a delightful walkway with striking views over the Baie des Anges. The park owes its name to the castle of Nice which once shielded the city from multiple invaders from different kingdoms and duchies during the Middle Ages.

Castle HunaudayeLa Hunaudaye, 22270 Plédéliac, France

A beautiful medieval castle which was built in the 13th century and it belongs to the Tournemine family at the heart of the forest in Côtes-d'Armor. Now the castle has been restored by the state and is now open for visitors. There are so many things to see in and around this castle and there is a 3D film to help you understand this fortress' history. It has been classified as a Historic Monument since 1922.

Castle of Saint-FargeauLe Château, 89170 Saint-Fargeau, France

The Castle of Saint-Fargeau is a monument in the municipality of Saint-Fargeau. It is an attraction for holidaymakers staying in the region.The château was originally a hunting residence in 10th century.   The château was designated as a monument historique in 1945 and has been open to the public since.

Château de Chenonceau37150 Chenonceaux, France

One of the beautiful castle located in the heart of France which is also called the ladies chateau’ as throughout its history it is they who have most influenced its design and its destiny. The current château was built in 1514–1522 on the foundations of an old mill and was later extended to span the river. An architectural mixture of late Gothic and early Renaissance and it also has a beautiful garden that is open to the public.

Château de Cheverny41700 Cheverny, France

A beautiful castle which was the remains of ancient French architecture. Built between the years of 1604 and 1634, and changed little since, the castle presents an immaculate picture of symmetry, peace, and the aristocratic good life. The interior reflects a living history of the generations of the family and it is still owned by descendants of the original builders. There is also a beautiful garden around this place and is one of the visitors paradise.

One of the beautiful castle which was located in the heart of Brittany which was famous for its collections. It has a vast collection of the imaginary world of Brocéliande, the Celtic world, medieval literature, romantic renewal, artistic creations, and contemporary collections. It was a forest castle in the olden ages at the Paimpont forest. Today, the castle is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.

Château de Dinan29160 Crozon, France

A majestic castle which was built in 1382 by John IV of Montfort, Duke of Brittany. It stands on the Medieval rampart of the town. It was an example of the ancient architecture of France and also it paves light to the ancient history of this area. The castle was listed for protection as a monument historique in 1886. It is owned by the commune and houses the local museum.

Château de FougèresPlace Pierre Symon, 35300 Fougères, France

An impressive castle with a curtain wall and 13 towers. A beautiful architectural wonder which takes you to medieval times and tells the fascinating history of the fortress. The current castle dates from the 12th century and consists of three enclosures whose walls are dotted with towers. It was one of the main tourist attractions in this area and also a nice place which paves the way for the history of France.

Château de La RochepotChâteau de la Rochepot, 21340 La Rochepot, France

Château de La Rochepot is a 12th-century feudal castle of neo-Gothic-Burgundian style, rebuilt in the 15th century. In the 19th century, it was completely restored and covered with glazed burgundy tiles. It is located in the commune of La Rochepot in the Côte-d'Or department, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France.   The castle was built in 1180 on the ruins of a castle burnt down in the 11th century. It belonged to seigneur de Montagu Alexander of Burgundy. Nowadays, these ruins are located in the nea

Château de MonbazillacLe Bourg, 24240 Monbazillac, France

The castle de Monbazillac is a unique and original architectural blend of medieval defensive fortifications and Renaissance exuberance. Set in the heart of the prestigious vineyard of the same name. It is an attractive wooded setting with far-reaching views across the region. The castle contains some finely decorated rooms and apartments.

Château de Saint-Ulrich68150 Ribeauvillé, France

The castle of Grand-Ribeaupierre, known under the name of the castle of Saint-Ulrich, is one of the three castles which dominate the commune of Ribeauvillé, in the Haut -Rhin. It is located at an altitude of 528 m. It has been classified as a historical monument since October 1841and February 1930. The currently visible remains date from several eras. The castle is a very fine example of the military architecture of Alsace in the Middle Ages. It is the largest and best-preserved of the three cas

Château de SullyRue du Château, 71360 Sully, France

Walk into the beautiful Château de Sully where each room takes you on a voyage of discovery. This place is the perfect blend of tradition and bold, exception, and elegance. The château is approached by an axial stone bridge across its moat. The façades express the traditionally defensive character of the rez-de-chaussée, the ground floor, and the richer, more open aspect of the piano nobile, articulated by pilasters. It was now one of the majestic historical places and it attracts a lot of touri

Château de SuscinioRoute du Duc Jean V, 56370 Sarzeau, France

A beautiful castle which lies in the village of SArzeau. The castle has started as a Seigneurial manor which was managing an agricultural estate, later it has enlarged. It was located in the middle of a natural park of richness and diversity of rare activities. This majestic area now consists of the moated castle, a ruined chapel, a dovecote, and a few ruined outbuildings.  One of the nice locations to visit and it is quite interesting too.