Top France Heritages
From chateaus to Roman theaters and an island that is only accesible at low tide. France is one of the most visited countries in the world and it’s not hard to guess why. There are 41 monumentes and natural wonders that are listed on UNESCO World Heritage list. Here are a few of the very best.
Mont Saint MichelThe island of Mont Saint Michel was one of the very first places to have been put on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This island is a place where medieval architecture and forces of nature meet. It is situated off the coast of Normandy and visitors can hike to the island when tide is low. On top of Mont Saint Michel, you’ll find an Gothic-styled Benedictined Abbey.
VersaillesWhen visiting Paris, you should at least make a day trip to Versailles. The Palace of Versailles was used as a residence of French kings. The palace as well as the gardens are really impressive to see.
Roman theaterThe Roman theater which is located in the Rhone valley near Orange, is one of the best preserved in Europe despite being nearly 2000 years old. It was added to the World Heritage List in 1982.
CarcassonneThis medieval fortress town in the French Pyrenees bordered by the scenic Canal du Midi. It is located on a historic trading route linking the the Atlantic with the Mediterranean sea, making it strategically very important. It is one of the most visited places in France.
Chartres CathedralThis UNESCO World Heritage site is only a trainride away from Paris. Chartres Cathedral is described as the high point of French Gothic art.But the cathedral is more than a mere day-trip from the French capital. It has claimed a reputation as a pilgrimage place. It is said that the church houses the veil Virgin Mary wore while giving birth to Jesus.
VézelayThe village of Vézelay claims to be one of the most charming villages in France. And they are probably right. Cobblestoned lanes, picturesque houses and a car-free city center. The village is built around a Benedictine monastery and has become a very important pilgrimage site.
Prehistorical paintings of Lascaux
The prehistorical paintings in a French cave of mammoths, bisons and other art have not been on the Heritage list for many years. Reason is that the 30,000 years old painting were only discovered in 1994. The original cave is not open for public anymore after the painting were slowly fading. Instead a replica was created, called Lascaux II.