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Top 25 Tourist Attractions in France

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    Part of Palace of Versailles near Paris, France.
    The "City of Light" is undoubtedly one of the world's most beautiful and fascinating cities - you could spend a lifetime here and not see everything that Paris has to offer. An easy day trip from Paris is to the Palace of Versailles, one of Europe's most spectacular and largest royal homes. Versailles is about a 30-minute train ride from the center of the city.King Louis XIV – the "Sun King" - commissioned the palace in 1668 as well as the spacious and beautiful gardens ...

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    Famous clock in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, France.
    In Paris, France, Musee d'Orsay is a museum located in what used to be a railway station, the Gare d'Orsay. This museum boasts a huge collection of paintings by Renoir, Monet, Delacroix, Degas, Gaugin, Van Gogh, and other impressionist artists. It also focuses on the art scene between 1848 and 1915, which is the early modern era for art in France ...

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    A view of the Sainte Chapelle's ceiling in Paris, France.
    A jewelry box. A light show. A diamond reflecting the light with its many facets.This is La Sainte Chapelle in Paris and more. It is best to visit this chapel's gem during the day when there is plenty of sunlight. La Sainte Chapelle may be small, but oh, the wonder and excitement when you see how natural light plays with it!La Sainte Chapelle (or Holy Chapel) harks back to 1246 when it was built as a home to the True Cross's relics ...

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    Exterior view of Centre Pompidou in Paris.
    The Centre Georges Pompidou is to be found in the Beaubourg area of Paris, France. It is near Marais and Les Halles at the IVe arrondissement. This controversial building was constructed in the 1970s and now houses a variety of institutions. These include the National Museum of Modern Art, a library (Bibliothèque Publique d'Information) and others ...

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    One side of the Champs-Élisées in Paris.
    Undoubtedly the most famous avenue in the world, Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, is blessed with a unique elegance and charm. That is also why it is considered the world's most beautiful avenue. Even with traffic surging along it, there really is something special in the experience of ambling along Champs-Elysees. The streetlamps at dusk provide an exceptional atmosphere to the length that spans from the Place Charles de Gaulle (where you can find the Arc de Triomphe) to Place de la Concorde ...

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    The Promenade de la Croisette street in Cannes.
    The first thing that comes to mind when you say Cannes is the Cannes Film Festival, with all its glitz and glamour. And yes, La Croisette is very much part of this, as this promenade is very much a part of the activities for the film festival. Promenade de la Croisette (which, in English, means the 'Avenue of the Little Cross' is a famous boulevard that spans its share of the Mediterranean Sea ...

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    A nice panorama of the Plants Garden in Montpellier, France.
    Visit the oldest garden in all of France – the Jardins des Plantes in Montpellier in the Languedoc-Rousillon region. It may come as a surprise to most tourists, but this haven is just 20 minutes walk from the Place de la Comedie. But these lovely gardens are a welcome respite and a haven of peace and tranquility. Do come here to relax and breathe in the fresh air that only gardens seem to have ...

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    The facade of La Conciergerie by the Seine River.
    The Conciergerie is a fortress in Paris, France that used to house kings and subsequently prisoners. It served as the Royal Apartments before completing the Louvre, which became the new Royal Residence. La Conciergerie was constructed during the early part of the 14th century. It came with a guardroom, a kitchen and a men-at-arms room ...

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    Looking up at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
    The Eiffel Tower is a tall tower made of steel as its visible skeleton and is one of the most iconic building in Paris and France. The base structure itself is 300 m (984 feet) high, but its total height reaches 324 m (1063 feet) with its antenna-type tip.

    How big is the Eiffel Tower

    Gustave Eiffel's design allows for wind to pass through the countless openings so that although the 7000-ton tower is twice as tall as the Washington Monument, it weighs 70,000 tons less ...

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    Mont St-Michel in France
    Mont Saint-Michel, France, as seen from afar, is mystical, imposing, and magical. It stands majestic as it gazes down from its lofty heights. It stands in the bay that is daily assaulted by the highest tides in Europe. Seated from its lofty height, it provides you with magnificent panoramas of the Bretagne and Normandy coastline ...

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    The Basilique du Sacré Coeur exterior.
    Basilique Sacre Coeur is a revered landmark in Paris, France. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart marks the city's highest point, on top of the hill of Montmartre. And from that lofty mount, it serves as a very visible reminder of Christian traditions. The basilica is an immense example of the Roman-Byzantine style ...

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    The Arc de Triomphe in the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
    The monument stands for triumph – the triumph of the human spirit against the odds. In Paris, the Arc de Triomphe stands proudly, a fitting memorial to homage the brave ones who fought during the Napoleonic Wars for the honor and freedom of their beloved country, France. You can see this monument displayed in the middle of the Place Charles de Gaulle, right at the end of the magnificent Champs-Elysees ...

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    Inside the Le Meurice Hotel in Paris
    Le Meurice is a neo-classical 5-star hotel founded by Charles-Augustin Meurice in 1835. It is located at 228, rue de Rivoli in the 1st district of Paris. It has been awarded the 'Palace' distinction in 2011 and the 'Living Heritage Company' distinction in 2012. It belongs to the Dorchester Collection hotel group, which also owns the Plaza Athénée ...

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    The exterior of the InterContinental Carlton Cannes hotel.
    The Hôtel InterContinental Carlton Cannes is a luxury hotel built in 1911 on the Mediterranean Sea's shores on the Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes, France. It has been declared a historical monument. This hotel was built for Henry Ruhl by the architects Charles Dalmas of Nice and Marcellin Mayère of Cannes between 1909 and 1913. With 343 rooms, including 39 suites, its façade is clad in two-tone faux stone ...

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    The exterior of the Hotel Negresco in Nice.
    The Hotel Negresco is a five-star luxury hotel located on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. It is one of the few surviving hotels of the early 20th century and one of the last independent establishments of this class. Its facades are based on a neoclassical framework, with opulent, quasi-baroque ornamentation ...

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    The exterior of the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat.
    The building has stood since 1908, and its location has made it a legend. This large coastal hotel is installed facing the sea. And the show is obvious as soon as you walk through the door. Below, one of the most beautiful hotel gardens on the Riviera (Aleppo pines, purple bougainvillea, etc ...

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  • The Massif des Calanques offer a unique experience. This geological formation shaped like fingers mark the rocky coastline between Marseille and Cassis in Provence. Hiking, going on trails, diving, swimming and rock-climbing are just some of the sports that are yours to enjoy as you get a load of the Calanques ...

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  • Place de la Comedie is the "heart" of Montpellier in France. Although it is not its center in terms of geographical position, it is the center of Montpellier as it is where the locals, mostly the young, stay to hang out, people-watch and chat with friends. This plaza is where the life of the city ebbs and flows ...

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  • The D-Day Beaches in Normandy, France, with its gentle sand dunes and coves, lay witness to one of history's greatest moments during wartime. This is where 100,000 soldiers lost their lives in a bid to secure and liberate this section of Europe from the rule of the Germans. The coastline was a strategic line of defense, one that the Allied troops tried to breach and one the German forces tried to defend at all costs ...

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    The facade of the Musée Rodin.
    The Musee Rodin in Paris is, as the name suggests, a showcase of the works of the renowned French sculptor, Auguste Rodin. In addition, you will find here many aspects of Rodin's life – Rodin the art collector, Rodin the painter, Rodin the person, and of course, there is a collection of sketches he made before transforming these into sculptural masterpieces ...

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    Tombs and funeral monuments in the Père Lachaise Cemetery.
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    No other cemetery is so good at name dropping than Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise in Paris, France. It is the final resting place of many famous personalities. The list of the persons buried there looks like the Who's Who of over two centuries' worth. It is expansive and beautiful, with 44 hectares and over 5,000 trees ...

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    The inside of the Opera Garnier theatre.
    Another landmark in Paris, a city filled with great landmarks, is the Palais Garnier, also called the Opera Garnier, Opera de Paris or the Grand Opera House. Designed by the renowned Charles Garnier, this splendid structure is of the Neo-Baroque style tradition and is a grand masterpiece in architecture. Completed in 1875, it is a tour de force for rococo, especially when you bear in mind that this was built during the glory days of the French Empire ...

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  • With medieval ruins, a waterfall and a flower-filled garden, Colline du Chateau in Nice, France is a favorite, and a frequently visited site, not just by tourists but by locals who want to take a breather from the hustle and bustle of the city.

    Colline du Chateau can be found on a hill nestled between the Nice harbor and the old town. The hill upon which this park stands is called Castle Hill and has an elevation of around 92 meters ...

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  • Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde (or Our Lady of the Guard Basilica) stands as one of the highest points in the city of Marseille, France. And rightly so, as she is considered to be La Bonne Mere - "Our Good Mother" - who benevolently guards the people of Marseilles. At 154 meters, it seems that she is doing her job quite well. The statue, as well as the Basilica, is a well-loved landmark ...

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    The exterior of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.
    The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is a spectacular and beautiful villa in Côte-d'Azur, France,  which was owned by Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild. It is located in the village of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat by the Mediterranean Sea. The baroness bequeathed the villa to the French Academy of Arts after her death in 1934. The villa and the several gardens that surround the villa are open to the public ...

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