Historic Sites in France

What are the best Historic Sites in France?

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France is packed full of fantastic cultural attractions to visit. From the romance of Paris to the sunshine of the south and the picturesque Dordogne, France has a wealth of fantastic historic sites to explore.

From stunning roman ruins and medieval fortresses to World War battlefields and beyond, there’s a staggering array of historic sites in France, deriving from a history filled with everything from bloody conquests to ostentatious royalty and ecclesiastical grandeur.

Among the very best cultural attractions to explore are the Palace of Versailles, Mont Saint-Michel and Nimes Arena. Other popular sites tend to include the Somme battlefields, Notre Dame and of course the Eiffel Tower.

We’ve put together an experts guide to French cultural landmarks and monuments, with our top ten places to visit as well as a full list of Historic Sites in France, which shouldn’t be ignored if you have the time.

1. Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles was originally the hunting lodge of France’s King Louis XIII, but was transformed into a magnificent residence by his son and successor, Louis XIV. The ostentatious monarch built the Grand Apartment of the King and Queen which included the magnificent Hall of Mirrors before moving both his court and the government of France to Versailles in 1682. And so it remained until the French Revolution in 1789.

In the 19th Century King Louis-Philippe turned it into the Museum of the History of France. There are numerous places to visit at Versailles and a range of tour options. Audio headsets are available as are guided tours.

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2. Nimes Arena

Nimes Arena is amongst the best preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world. Built during the reign of the Emperor Augustus in the first century AD, Nimes Arena is a marvel of Roman engineering. A vast oval with a stunning façade resplendent with archways and ornamentation, Nimes Arena could seat up to 24,000 people in its 34 terraces. 

In the sixth century, under the Visigoths, Nimes Arena began to play a military role. Transformed from a sports arena to a castle fortress or "castrum arena" complete with a moat, the arena was a sort of emergency shelter of the people of the town in the event of attack. In the eighteenth century, this went even further with the establishment of a whole 700-strong village within its walls. It was only in 1786 that Nimes Arena began to be restored to its original grandeur. 

Now fully restored, the arena is a popular tourist attraction and allows people to really experience what it would have been like for Roman spectators. Including an interactive audio guide and some detailed exhibits, the site is now a fitting museum of its past.

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3. Somme battlefields

The Circuit of Remembrance is a route touring the Somme battlefields in France. The Battle of the Somme was an infamous First World War battle from July to November 1916, renowned for the controversial tactics employed by British forces and the exceptional number of casualties borne by the Allied forces.

Today a forty mile route, the Circuit of Remembrance, starts from either the town of Albert or that of Peronne, winding through numerous battle sites, memorials and museums. This Somme battlefields tour explores the individual battles as well as going through individual towns occupied by different forces with signs along the way. Those who wish to embark on this route can download audio guides to the route for free from various sources, including from the website of the Historial de la Grande Guerre museum.

Many of the routes of the Somme battlefields are carried out by taxi and the taxi firms in the area have prepared itineraries for different routes. You can also walk the route (guided or not), do it by cart, by plane or by train, the latter route being the same as that used to carry supplies to the soldiers. The trip can take anything from half a day to a full day or more, depending on your level of interest.

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4. Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris

Notre Dame is a gothic cathedral in Paris’s fourth arrondissement and a world famous tourist attraction. While still an operating church, visitors are welcome to tour the building and appreciate both its beauty and sheer size. Some of the highlights include its stained glass windows, gothic architecture and many sculptures.

Free tours are conducted throughout the year, and the nearby tower outside the cathedral is also worth a visit. Those feeling particularly fit can climb its 387 steps for magnificent views. Finally, Notre Dame’s Treasury houses some of the relics of the Passion of Christ including the famous Crown of Thorns.

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5. The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is an icon of modern France . Standing 324 metres tall, it's the tallest building in Paris and the fifth tallest in the world.

Today, the Eiffel Tower is a tourist hotspot and visitors can climb or use the lifts to reach the first or second floors, the latter of which is 115 metres high. The most expansive views can be found on the Eiffel Tower’s third level at 276 metres, which has its own separate lift from the second floor. A backstage tour is available, which details the workings of the Eiffel Tower and its history.

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6. Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard is an iconic Ancient Roman bridge and aqueduct built in first century AD and located near Nimes in France. In fact, it was the tallest bridge ever built by the Romans, rising 160 feet.

Nimes had been a major city of Gaul before 45BC, when it was incorporated in the Roman Empire. As the city’s population grew, exceeding 20,000, the need for water surpassed the available supplies of the Nemausus spring. Thus, from 40AD, over 1,000 workers were engaged in building Pont du Gard in order to transfer water from the Gard River (the Eure) to the city. Upon its completion, it would stay in use until the sixth century, when it was finally abandoned.

Since then, Pont du Gard has undergone a series of restoration projects and is now a spectacular place to visit. In 1985 it was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Today guided tours of Pont du Gard take visitors right to the very heart of this iconic structure to see the how such an engineering feat was achieved and how the aqueduct operated. Visitors can also walk the full length of the bridge itself and explore this Roman marvel up close. These tours last approximately 1.5 hours.

There is also a Pont du Gard museum on site that explores the engineering techniques used by the Romans to build the bridge as well as the history of the area in which it is built, which actually stretches back to prehistoric times. Other exhibits found within the museum also focus on the history of Nimes and the surrounding area during the Roman era.

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7. Carcassonne

Carcassonne, known as “La Cite” is a fortified town in southern France whose important strategic position between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic led to it being inhabited since before the Ancient Roman era.

Carcassonne is believed to have first been a hill fort known as an “oppidum” created in the sixth century BC and which formed a vital link between Europe as a whole and the Iberian Peninsula.

In the first century BC, Carcassonne and the area in which it was located were incorporated into the Roman Empire and, in the third and fourth centuries, the town began taking shape with the construction of a mighty wall. This, now largely ruined, wall is still visible in Carcassonne today.

In the Visigoth era, Carcassonne was a powerful stronghold, leading to a series of construction campaigns. However, it was from the twelfth century onwards that the structure of Carcassonne really took hold, initially with the building of the Count’s Castle or “Chateau Comtal”. The medieval fortifications seen today were built in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.

Throughout its history, Carcassonne has been considered untouchable. Even before its walls were built it was the subject of two failed sieges in the thirteenth century and, during the Hundred Years’ War, an attack was never even attempted.

It was only in the nineteenth century that Carcassonne began to suffer deterioration was it was exploited for materials. The Carcassonne seen today was reconstructed by Violett-le-Duc.

There is much to see at Carcassonne, including its incredible double fortified 3 km walls and 52 towers. There are audio guided tours of the majestic citadel and visitors can explore the cathedral, both built by the then ruling Trencavels.

Since 1997, Carcassonne has been a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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8. Les Invalides

Les Invalides was originally built by the order of Louis XIV as a hospital and home for ailing soldiers. This order was given on 24 November 1670, the building designed by architect Liberal Bruant and Les Invalides was completed in 1676. In fact Les Invalides still operates as an institution for war veterans, under the name Institution Nationale des Invalides.

Following its initial construction, several further additions were made to Les Invalids, including a chapel in 1679 and the striking Dome Church or 'Église du Dôme', which incorporates the royal chapel built by Louis XIV and completed in 1706.

One of the most significant dates in the history of Les Invalides was when the body of the Emperor Napoleon I (Napoleon Bonaparte) was brought there on December 15th 1840. His tomb, which was completed in 1861, remains there today and is housed in the Dome Church.

Les Invalides is made up of several buildings and now stands as the largest complex of monuments in Paris, including its comprehensive military museum, Musée de l'Armée.

Les Invalides operates numerous types of tours, including those specifically dealing with historical, cultural or artistic issues. There is even a tour dedicated entirely to Napoleon. The multimedia presentation on the life of Charles de Gaulle is also worth seeing.

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9. Sainte Chapelle

Sainte Chapelle or the “Holy Chapel” is a gothic church built by Saint Louis in Ile de la Cité in the centre of Paris.

The construction of Sainte Chapelle began in 1246 under the orders of King Louis IX, and was carried out with the specific purpose of housing the relics of the Passion of Christ, including the Crown of Thorns and a fragment of the true cross. In fact, even by the time Sainte Chapelle was consecrated on 26 April 1248, at a cost of 40,000 livres, this expense paled in comparison to the 135,000 livres which these relics cost when bought from the Byzantine emperor Baldwin II.

The relics are now housed in the Treasury at the Notre Dame Cathedral, but there are still many attractions in Sainte Chapelle. With its two impressive upper and lower chapels and imposing gothic architecture, Sainte Chapelle a top tourist attraction.

Audio tours are available guiding visitors through and explaining the significance of its colourful stained glass windows and statues. In particular, the windows at Sainte Chapelle depict over a thousand images relating to the Old Testament and the Passion of Christ.

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10. Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Pere Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetière du Père-Lachaise) was established by Napoleon I in 1804. Originally considered to be too far from the main city, Pere Lachaise Cemetery initially attracted few funerals, but following a marketing campaign and the transfer of the remains of French philosopher Pierre Abélard in 1817, its popularity grew and it soon gained over 33,000 residents.

From singer Edith Piaf, novelist Marcel Proust and impressionist painter Camille Pissarro to playwright Oscar Wilde, an array of famous figures are buried there today. One of the most popular graves at Pere Lachaise Cemetery is that of The Doors’ front man Jim Morrison, probably attracting the largest number of visitors, but all of the graves are fascinating, including those of the regular citizens.

Pere Lachaise Cemetery is also the home of the Mur des Fédérés or ‘Communards Wall’ where 147 of the working class defenders of Belleville or ‘Communards’ were shot on 28 May 1871 as part of the ‘Bloody Week’. This is also surrounded by monuments to concentration camp victims from the Holocaust.

Maps are available to buy at the entrance, but you can also use the directories on the grounds. Overall, Pere Lachaise Cemetery is a peaceful and interesting way to spend an afternoon.

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Full list of Historic Sites in France

Beyond the most famous French cultural landmarks and monuments, there’s many similar places to visit, including Pont du Gard, Musee du Louvre and Carcassonne to name but a few. We’re constantly expanding this list of Historic Sites in France and you can view the current selection below.

Abbaye Saint-Victor

Abbaye Saint-Victor is an eleventh century abbey in Marseille with a fascinating crypt.

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Abbaye aux Hommes

The Abbaye aux Hommes is an 11th century Romanesque abbey church in Caen, Normandy, known for being William the Conqueror’s gravesite.

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Agincourt Battlefield

Agincourt Battlefield was the site of a famous English victory over the French during the Hundred Years’ War.

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Aisne-Marne American Cemetery

The Aisne-Marne American Cemetery is a US World War I cemetery and the site of the Battle of Belleau Wood.

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Alesia

Alesia was the site where Julius Caesar defeated the Gauls in 52 BC.

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Ambrussum

Ambrussum contains the ruins of an Iron Age settlement, a Roman staging post and the remains of the nearby Roman bridge

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Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls

The Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls was a first century Roman amphitheatre in Lyon.

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Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is an iconic Parisian landmark built in the 19th century to commemorate those who fought for France.

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Arch of Germanicus

The Arch of Germanicus is a Roman arch constructed in 19AD to honour Emperor Tiberius, his son Drusus and his adopted son Germanicus.

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Arenes de Lutece

Arenes de Lutece was an ancient Roman amphitheatre, the remains of which stand in Paris.

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Arles Amphitheatre

Arles Amphitheatre is a brilliantly preserved, UNESCO listed Roman built sports arena still in use today.

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Arles Archaeological Museum

The Arles Archaeological Museum houses an extensive collection of prehistoric and Ancient Roman artefacts.

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Arles Roman Theatre

Arles Roman Theatre was constructed during the reign of the Emperor Augustus.

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Autun Cathedral

Autun Cathedral is a medieval church renowned for its decorations by famous French sculptor, Gislebertus.

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Barbegal Aqueduct and Mill

The fascinating Roman site at Barbegal contains the ruins of an ancient water-mill and gives crucial insight into Roman use of water-powered engineering.

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Basilica of St Sernin

The Basilica of St Sernin in Toulouse is a UNESCO-listed medieval church on a famous pilgrimage route.

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Basilique Notre-Dame de Fouviere

Basilique Notre-Dame de Fouviere is an iconic nineteenth century basilica in Lyon.

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Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum

The Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum traces the events of this famous World War II battle.

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Big Red One Assault Museum

The Big Red One Assault Museum looks at the history of the US First Infantry Division in World War II.

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Bordeaux Amphitheatre

These spectacular ruins are all that remain of what was once a grand amphitheatre; the centre of entertainment in a bustling Roman town.

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Chateau de Chambord

Chateau de Chambord is a beautiful French Renaissance palace situated on the Loire river, which is now one of France’s most popular historic homes.

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Chateau de Laas

Château de Laàs is a seventeenth century stately home in France with a Napoleonic collection.

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Chateau de Malmaison

Chateau de Malmaison is a country house near Paris which was once the home of Napoleon Bonaparte.

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Chateau de Pirou

One of the oldest Norman castles in existence, the Chateau de Pirou is picturesque, small and yet well-fortified.

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Chateau d’If

Chateau d’If was a sixteenth century island fortress turned notorious prison.

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Chateau-Thierry American Monument

The Chateau-Thierry American Monument is a World War I American memorial.

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Cimetière Chinois de Nolette

Cimetière Chinois de Nolette is a French World War One memorial site to the Chinese workers who contributed to the war effort.

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Cimiez Roman Ruins

The Cimiez Roman Ruins are remnants of the ancient Roman city of Cemenelum.

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Constantine Baths - Arles

The Constantine Baths in Arles are a set of well preserved Roman public baths built in the fourth century.

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Crypte Archeologique - Paris

The Crypte Archeologique is a subterranean museum housing the remains of Gallo-Roman Paris.

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Devil’s Island

Devil’s Island penal colony in French Guiana was home, at one time or another, to 80,000 of France’s worst criminals, the vast majority of whom never returned home. Made famous in Henri Charrière’s ‘Papillon’, prisoners endured a living death dubbed the ‘dry guillotine’.

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Douaumont Ossuary

The Douaumont Ossuary commemorates fallen soldiers from the Battle of Verdun. It holds the bones of 130,000 French and German soldiers.

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Dunkirk Cemetery and Memorial

The Dunkirk Cemetery and Memorial commemorate the commonwealth troops that fought there in both World Wars.

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Dunkirk War Museum

The Dunkirk War Museum or “Memorial du Souvenir” tells the story of the famous World War II allied evacuation of Dunkirk.

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Etaples Military Cemetery

The Etaples Military Cemetery is a commonwealth cemetery built on the former site of a WW1 military hospital.

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Fecamp Abbey

Fecamp Abbey played a vital role in William the Conqueror's story.

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Fort Douaumont

Fort Douaumont was one of the strongest, most state of the art forts in France at the time of the First World War. However, in 1916, it was destroyed during the Battle of Verdun and today it lies in ruins.

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Fort Saint Jean

Fort Saint Jean was built in the seventeenth century in Marseille and later used as a prison during the French Revolution.

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Fort Saint Nicholas

Fort Saint Nicholas was built in the seventeenth century to quell an uprising in Marseille.

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Fort Vaux

Fort Vaux was a French fortress occupied by the Germans in the Battle of Verdun.

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Glanum

Glanum is an extensive archaeological site of a former Roman settlement near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

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Gold Beach Museum

The Gold Beach Museum tells the story of one of the D-Day Landings.

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Grand Roman Theatre of Lyon

The Grand Roman Theatre of Lyon dates back to the late first century BC.

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Grotte des Combarelles

Grotte des Combarelles is a cave in southwest France with prehistoric paintings.

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Historial de la Grande Guerre

Historial de la Grande Guerre is a museum near the site of the Battle of the Somme and focused on the social effects of World War I.

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Horreum

The Horreum in Narbonne in France are a series of first century underground tunnels.

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Jardin des Vestiges

The Jardin des Vestiges is an archaeological site in Marseilles with ancient Greek and Roman remains.

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Jumieges Abbey

A picturesque Norman abbey which was partly destroyed during the French Revolution, Jumièges ranks among the most beautiful ruins in France.

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La Maison Carrée

The Maison Carrée in Nîmes is a staggeringly well preserved Roman temple, and one of the best-preserved examples of a Roman building anywhere in the world.

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Lapidaire Museum

Lapidaire Museum is a museum of Ancient Roman artefacts in Narbonne, France.

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Le Memorial at Caen

Le Memorial at Caen is a history museum dedicated to World War Two and other conflicts.

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Le P’tit Train de la Haute Somme

Le P’tit Train de la Haute Somme is a reconstruction of the supply line used by allied forces in France during World War I.

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Les Alyscamps - Arles

Les Alyscamps was a Roman necropolis which now houses a collection of crowded medieval sarcophagi.

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Lochnagar Crater

The Lochnagar Crater is a large indentation in the earth in France where one of the explosions was set off which signalled the start of the Battle of the Somme.

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Longues-sur-Mer Gun Battery

The Longues-sur-Mer Gun Battery was a World War II German defensive battery.

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Lorraine American Cemetery

The Lorraine American Cemetery is home to the largest number of US WWII graves in Europe.

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Louvemont

Louvemont was once a French village, unoccupied since the Battle of Verdun, World War One.

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Lyon Cathedral

Lyon Cathedral was constructed between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries and has a famous astronomical clock.

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Lyon Gallo-Roman Museum

The Lyon Gallo-Roman Museum displays exhibits relating to the city’s time under the Roman Empire.

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Lyon Roman Baths

The Lyon Roman Baths are the remains of a second or third century public baths complex.

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Marseille History Museum

The Marseille History Museum chronicles the city’s history including artefacts from ancient Greek and Roman times.

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Marseille Roman Docks Museum

The Roman Docks Museum has a collection of artefacts from Marseille’s thriving ancient port.

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Memorial des Camps de la Mort

The Memorial des Camps de la Mort commemorates the suffering of those persecuted by the Nazis in Marseille during World War II.

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Mont Saint-Michel

An imposing rocky outcrop in Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel is the site of a stunning Romanesque Abbey, medieval church and historic battlements.

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Monument aux Girondins

Monument aux Girondins is a fountain in Bordeaux commemorating the Girondists of the French Revolution.

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Musee Airborne

Musee Airborne is a World War Two museum dedicated to the Normandy Landings of 1944.

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Musee National de Prehistoire

Musee National de Prehistoire is a national prehistoric museum in southwest France.

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Musee de Cluny

Musee de Cluny houses Ancient Roman baths and the national medieval museum in Paris.

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Musee de la Reddition

Musee de la Reddition is the site where Germany surrendered in World War II.

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Musee d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaisme

Musee d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaisme explores the history of France’s Jewish community.

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Museum of Orange

The Museum of Orange is a museum of mostly Roman, but also prehistoric, artefacts found in the region.

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Museum of the Great War

The Museum of the Great War guides visitors through the years of the First World War using a vast archive of objects, that are displayed across multimedia exhibitions.

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Musée d’Aquitaine

Musée d’Aquitaine in Bordeaux, France is a museum of the archaeology and history of the region.

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Musée d’art et d’archéologie du Périgord

Musée d’art et d’archéologie du Périgord contains pieces dating back as far as 70,000 years ago.

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Narbonne Archaeological Museum

The Narbonne Archaeological Museum displays Ancient Roman artefacts including everything from sarcophagi to frescos and furniture.

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Newfoundland Memorial

The Newfoundland Memorial represents the best surviving trench system from World War One and commemorates the efforts of the 1st Battalion of the Canadian Newfoundland Regiment.

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Nice-Cimiez Archaeological Museum

The Nice-Cimiez Archaeological Museum houses artefacts from the ancient Roman city of Cemenelum.

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Normandy American Cemetery

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is a World War Two graveyard with a visitor centre.

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Notre-Dame de la Garde - Marseille

Notre-Dame de la Garde is a nineteenth century basilica in Marseille.

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Odeon of Lyon

The Odeon of Lyon is a well-restored Ancient Roman theatre and part of a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Oise-Aisne American Cemetery

Oise-Aisne American Cemetery is a World War I cemetery and memorial containing the grave of 6,012 American soldiers who lost their lives in this conflict.

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Omaha Beach Museum

The Omaha Beach Museum chronicles the events of the largest of the D-Day Landings in Normandy in World War II.

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Palais de Justice

The Palais de Justice is the main courthouse in Paris and which served as the court of the Revolutionary Tribunal.

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Palais de Papes

Palais de Papes in Avignon in France was the fourteenth century seat of the papal court.

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Palais du Tau

Palais du Tau in Reims was where French monarchs would prepare for and celebrate their coronations.

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Pegasus Bridge

Pegasus Bridge in Normandy was captured by British forces at the start of D-Day, the Allied invasion of France.

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Place de la Concorde

Place de la Concorde was where King Louis XVI and many others were executed during the French Revolution.

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Pointe Du Hoc Memorial

The Pointe Du Hoc Memorial is located on one of the sites of the Normandy Landings of World War Two.

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Porte de Mars

Porte de Mars is an ornate third century Roman arch in Reims.

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Pozieres

Pozieres was the site of a major battle between Allied and German forces in 1916 during the First World War, forming the first part of the Battle of the Somme.

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Reims Cathedral

Reims Cathedral was the site of France’s royal coronations and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Remains of the Bastille

The remains of the Bastille prison can be viewed at Square Henri Galli in Paris.

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Rocamadour Shrine

The Rocamadour Shrine is a holy complex of 11th to 13th century churches and chapels in southern France.

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Roman Amphitheatre - Saintes

The Roman Amphitheatre in Saintes was built in around 40AD in the Roman settlement of Mediolanum Santonum.

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Roman Pyramid of Vienne

The Roman Pyramid of Vienne is a monument which would once have formed the centrepiece of Vienne’s Roman Circus.

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Roman Theatre of Orange

The Roman Theatre of Orange is a stunningly well-preserved first century theatre in France and is UNESCO listed.

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Rouen Cathedral

Rouen Cathedral is the site where Richard the Lion Heart’s heart is buried.

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Rouffignac Caves

The Rouffignac Caves house a myriad of Palaeolithic paintings and are part of the UNESCO listed region of the Vézère Valley.

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Saint-Hippolyte Convent

The Saint-Hippolyte Convent was founded by Saint-Fulrade in the 8th century.

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Saint-Pierre Abbaye of Moissac

Mossaic Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned as part of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela.

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Saint-Remi Abbey

Saint-Remi Abbey in Reims houses the tomb of Saint Remi. UNESCO listed site.

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Saint-Sulpice Church

Saint-Sulpice Church is a large eighteenth century church in Paris.

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Sainte-Foy Abbey

Sainte-Foy Abbey in Conques was one of the churches along the medieval pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

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Salses Fortress

Salses Fortress is an impressive medieval fortress in Plateau de Rousillon in France.

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Schoenenbourg Maginot Line fort

The Schoenenbourg Maginot Line fort was one of a network of forts built on the France-Germany border following World War One.

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St Amand de Coly

St Amand de Coly is a thirteenth century fortified church in France’s Dordogne region.

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St Nicolas Mine

The St Nicholas Mine was once the most productive silver and lead mine in the French commune of Steinbach.

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St-Trophime Church

St-Trophime Church is a UNESCO listed church in Arles renowned for its Romanesque architecture.

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Sword Beach

Sword Beach was one of the five landing beaches of the Normandy D-day Landings during World War II.

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Temple de Mercure

The ruins of a temple built atop a mountain called Puy de Dome outside the Gallic city of Augustonemetum (now Clermont-Ferrand).

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Temple of Augustus and Livia

The Temple of Augustus and Livia is a very well preserved Roman temple in Vienne.

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Temple of Diana - Nimes

The Temple of Diana is a Roman site in Nimes whose ultimate purpose remains a mystery.

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The Bastille

The Bastille was a prison stormed in 1789, sparking the French Revolution. It was later destroyed and its location is now marked by a monument.

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The Bayeux Tapestry Museum

The Bayeux Tapestry Museum holds the famous embroidered account of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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The Catacombs of Paris

The Paris Catacombs are underground quarries housing approximately six million human skeletons dating back to the 18th century.

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The Chapel of the Souvenir Francais

The Chapel of the Souvenir Francais is a memorial to French soldiers who fought in the Battle of the Somme.

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The Cryptoporticus

The Cryptoporticus of Reims is a very well preserved third century AD Roman passageway.

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The Franco Australian Museum

The Franco Australian Museum in the Picardie region of France explores the contributions and experiences of Australian troops during World War I.

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The Gier Aqueduct

The Gier Aqueduct near Lyon served its Roman counterpart, Lugdunum.

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The Joan of Arc Memorial Cross

The Joan of Arc Memorial Cross is a monument to the Catholic saint and military heroine, Joan of Arc.

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The Juno Beach Centre

The Juno Beach Centre explores the history of the Canadian forces in World War II.

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The Lyon Gallo-Roman Tombs

The Lyon Gallo-Roman Tombs are a trio of reconstructed first century burial chambers.

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The Magne Tower

The Magne Tower in Nimes is a well preserved Roman tower built under the Emperor Augustus.

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The Merville Gun Battery

The Merville Gun Battery is a former German World War II fortification neutralised by the Allies on D-Day.

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The Pantheon - Paris

The Pantheon in Paris is a neo-classical church which was completed in 1789. Its crypt interns many famous French figures.

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The Pegasus Bridge Museum

The Pegasus Bridge Museum in Normandy is dedicated to the British 6th Airborne Division, the first Allied troops to land on D-Day.

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The Somme 1916 Museum

The Somme 1916 Museum explores the realities of the First World War Battle of the Somme.

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Thiepval Memorial

The Thiepval Memorial is a Commonwealth memorial dedicated to over 72,000 servicemen who died in the Somme region during WWI.

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Toulon National Maritime Museum

The Toulon National Maritime Museum houses exhibits relating to the city’s naval history.

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Triumphal Arch of Orange

The Triumphal Arch of Orange is a first century Roman arch built during the reign of Augustus.

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Tropaeum Alpium

The Tropaeum Alpium, also known as Trophee des Alpes or the Trophy of Augustus, is a Roman monument dedicated to the Emperor Augustus.

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Ulster Memorial Tower

The Ulster Memorial Tower in France is a memorial to the men of Ulster who fought and gave their lives during World War I.

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Utah Beach Memorial

The Utah Beach Memorial commemorates the Normandy Landings at Utah Beach on D-Day.

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Verdun Memorial

The Verdun Memorial is a comprehensive museum of the Battle of Verdun and a memorial to fallen soldiers set in the Verdun battlefield.

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Vezelay Basilica

Vezelay Basilica is a twelfth century Romanesque church once said to have housed Mary Magdalene’s relics.

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Vienne Cathedral

Vienne Cathedral was constructed over a long period, starting in the 11th century and lasting up to the 16th.

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Vienne Roman Theatre

Vienne Roman Theatre is a first century theatre said to have once been amongst the largest in Gaul.

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Villers‑Bretonneux

In 1918, the Germans took the Somme village of Villers‑Bretonneux only for the 4th and 5th Australian divisions to retake the entire village the very next day. The memorial at Villers‑Bretonneux commemorates the Australians who fought and died in the Great War.

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Vimy Ridge Memorial

The Vimy Ridge Memorial commemorates the more than 60,000 Canadians who lost their lives in th First World War.

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Vis-En-Artois Cemetery

Vis-En-Artois Cemetery is a First World War burial site in France’s Pas de Calais region.

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Wellington Quarry

The Wellington Quarry in Arras is a remarkable network of underground tunnels built during WWI with a fascinating museum commemorating the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Arras.

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