23 Monuments 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.
The Lion of Belfort, in Belfort, France, is a monumental sculpture by Frédéric Bartholdi, the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty. Finished in 1880, it is made entirely of red sandstone. The blocks it is made from were individually sculpted, then moved under Belfort castle to be assembled. Twenty-two meters in length and 11 meters in height, the colossal work dominates the local landscape. The lion symbolizes the heroic French resistance during the Siege of Belfort.
The Tour Magne is a Gallo-Roman monument located in Nîmes, in the Gard. A more imposing vestige of the very long Roman wall of Nîmes, it dominates the gardens of the Fountain on Mount Cavalier. It is mainly accessible by the gardens of the Fountain. It is the subject of classification under the historical monuments by the list of 1840.
The Well of Moses is a monumental sculpture recognized as the masterpiece of the Dutch artist Claus Sluter, assisted by his nephew Claus de Werve. It was executed by Sluter and his workshop in 1395–1403 for the Carthusian monastery of Chartreuse de Champmol built as a burial site by the Burgundian Duke Philip the Bold just outside the Burgundian capital of Dijon, now in France.