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Over thirty of UNESCO's World Heritage sites are in France. Quoting from the World Heritage Convention:

“The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage , adopted by UNESCO in 1972.”

Cultural heritage refers to monuments, groups of buildings and properties with historical, aesthetic, archaeological, scientific, ethnological or anthropological value. ”

Natural heritage refers to outstanding physical, biological and geological formations, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants and areas with scientific, conservation or aesthetic value.”

Albi Episcopal City — Midi-Pyrénées (81 Tarn)


Aimens Cathedral — Picardie (80 Somme)

Amiens The Amiens cathedral is a World Heritage Site.

Arc-et-Senans Royal Saltworks — Franche-Comté (25 Doubs)

Arc-et-Senans The Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans is a World Heritage Site.

Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments — Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (13 Bouches-du-Rhône)

Arles UNESCO site: Roman and Romanesque Monuments (199x). Large Gallo-Roman town on the Rhone, with its Arena and Theater; Van Gogh painted here; rice festival and bull fighting. Museums, hotels and restaurants.

Avignon Historical Center — Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (84 Vaucluse)

Avignon UNESCO site (1995) - Historic Center, Papal Palace and the avignon Bridge. Lovely and active Roman town, home of the Popes of Avignon, Palace of the Popes, Festival d'Avignon with dance, music and theatre.

Bordeaux, Port of the Moon — Aquitaine (33 Gironde)

Bordeaux On the Canal du Midi (a World Heritage site).

Bourges Cathedral — Centre (18 Cher)

Bourges Bourges Cathedral is a World Heritage Site.

Briançon's Vauban Fortifications — Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (05 Hautes-Alpes)

Briançon Famous for being fortified by Vauban in the 17th-c, very picturesque and interesting; the highest town in Europe.

Canal du Midi

Canal du Midi UNESCO site: the entire canal system A 400-km long network of canals and waterways, built in the 17th century, between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean; between Bordeaux and Sète. Added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1999.

Carcassonne Fortified City — Languedoc-Roussillon (11 Aude)

Carcassonne Fortress On the Canal du Midi (a World Heritage site).

Chartres Cathedral — Centre (28 Eure-et-Loir)

Chartres Chartres Cathedral is a World Heritage Site.

Chauvet Grotto - Pont-d'Arc Cavern — Rhône-Alpes (07 Ardèche)

Chauvet Grotto A fabulous prehistoric grotto in the Ardèche gorges with hundreds of 36,000-year-old figurative wall paintings, discovered in 1994 and preserved in its pristine condition.

Corsica, Gult of Porto — Corsica (20 Corsica)

Corsica Cape Girolata, Cape Porto, Scandola Nature Reserve and the Piana Calanches in Corsica are a World Heritage Site.

Devils Bridge Herault — Languedoc-Roussillon (34 Hérault)

Devil's Bridge (Herault) This 12th-century Pont du Diable across the Herault is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located about 40 km west of Montpellier.

Fontainbleau Palace and Park — Ile-de-France (77 Seine-et-Marne)

Fontainbleau Palace and Park of Fontainebleau a World Heritage Site.

Fontenay Cisterian Abbey — Bourgogne (21 Côte-d'Or)

Fontenay Abbey The Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay (beside Montbard) is a Word Heritage Site.

Le Havre City, rebuilt by Auguste Perret — Haute-Normandie (76 Seine-Maritime)


Loire Valley — Centre (41 Loir-et-Cher)

Loire Valley The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes is a World Heritage Site.

Lyon, Historical Site — Rhône-Alpes (69 Rhône)


Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay — Basse-Normandie (50 Manche)

Mont-Saint-Michel Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay are a World Heritage Site.

Nancy Squares — Lorraine (54 Meurthe-et-Moselle)

Nancy Place Stanislas, Place de la Carrière and Place d'Alliance in Nancy are a World Heritage Site.

Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin

Nord-Pas de Calais

Orange, Roman Theatre, Triumphal Arch — Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (84 Vaucluse)

Orange, France UNESCO site: Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the Triumphal Arch Roman Provencal town, triumphal arch, theatre antique, Cote d'Rhone vineyards, dining, music festival.

Paris Banks of the Seine

Paris Seine

Perdu Mountain, Pyrénées — Midi-Pyrénées (65 Haute-Pyrénées)

Perdu Mountain Mont Perdu in the Pyrénées is a World Heritage Site.

Pont du Gard Roman Aqueduct — Languedoc-Roussillon (30 Gard)

Pont du Gard UNESCO site: Roman Aqueduct The Pont du Gard is a three-level stone aqueduct crossing the Gardon river valley, about 25 km west of Avignon. Built over 2000 years ago, in 19 BC, by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, the son-in-law of Augustus.

Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs — Ile-de-France (77 Seine-et-Marne)

Provins This town of Medieval Fairs is a World Heritage Site.

Reims Cathedral, Abbey, Palace of Tau — Champagne-Ardenne (51 Marne)

Reims The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Remi and Palace of Tau is a World Heritage Site.

Saint Emilion Jurisdiction — Aquitaine (33 Gironde)

Saint Emilion Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion (for the wines) is a World Heritage Site.

Saint Savin-sur-Gartemp Abbey Church — Poitou-Charentes (86 Vienne)

Saint Savin-sur-Gartemp The Abbey-Church of Saint-Savin is a World Heritage Site.

Salins-les-Bains Great Saltworks — Franche-Comté (39 Jura)


Santiago de Compostela Routes

Santiago de Compostela Routes The Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France are a World Heritage Site. The four main pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela in France began at Paris, Vézelay, Le Puy, and Arles [Santiago de Compostela Area Map ].

Strasbourg Grande Ile — Alsace (67 Bas-Rhin)

Strasbourg The Grande île at Strasbourg is a World Heritage Site.

Vauban Fortifications

Vauban Fortifications

Versailles Palace and Park — Ile-de-France (78 Yvelines)

Versailles The fabulous chateau and park of Versailles is a World Heritage Site.

Vézelay Abbey and Hill — Bourgogne (89 Yonne)

Vézelay Abbey The Vézela abbey church and the hill are a World Heritage site.

Vézère Valley Prehistoric Sistes, Caves — Aquitaine (24 Dordogne)

Vézère Valley The decorated grottoes of the Vézère Valley are a World Heritage Site. Lascaux Grotto.

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