Carcassonne is a medieval city situated in the Valley of Aude River. Being surrounded by mountains, vineyards and flowers, the city is known as the garrigue, a signature scent of the south France. The city with its 2500 years of history also is privileged to have 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites including the Canal du Mindi and the Medieval City. La Cite, the old town every year attracts more than 4 million tourists from all over the world.
#9 Chateau De Chambord
Chateau De Chambord is the largest château in the Loire Valley, France’s ‘Valley of Kings’ also being the greatest castle in Europe even during the Renaissance era. The construction of the chateau started by Francis I in 1519 and was completed in 1547. Da Vinci’s style and spirit are everywhere in the castle as he was employed in the position of the king’s First Painter, Engineer and Architect until his death. The structure, containing 440 rooms, 365 fireplaces, 13 great staircases, and stables to accommodate 1200 horses, stands in a park surrounded by a wall of 22 miles in circumference. More than 1800 men worked on the construction of the chateau.
#8 Musee picasso
Musée Picasso established in 1985 in the Hotel Salé is one of the most spectacular private hotels which was built at the end of 17th century. The collection of the Musée Picasso consists of more than 5,000 works and tens of thousands archive pieces. Due to its quality and the quantity of artistic domains represented there, Musée Picasso is the only collection in the world allowing the visitor to be the witness of an extraordinary process of the artist using all the work painted, carved, engraved and drawn by Picasso, including sketches, studies, drawings, sketchbooks, engravings, photographs, illustrated books, movies, and documents.
#7 Centre Georges Pompidou
Centre Georges Pompidou is a 20th– century architectural masterpiece is well known by its exterior escalators and huge colored tubing. Due to its unique design the Centre is considered to be the Home to the National Museum of Modern art and internationally renowned for its 20 and 21 century art collections. Every year internationally renowned exhibitions are organized on the top floor where visitors have an opportunity to enjoy not only the works of art but also another unbelievable beauty: an incredible view of Paris.
#6 Arc de triomphe
In 1806 the French Emperor Napoleon ordered the construction of Arc De Triomphe, the most monumental of all triumphal aches to honor the Grande Armee, the French army. Although, there were many adjustments from the original design connected with political changes, the Arch still keeps the essence of the original concept of powerful ensemble. The Arch is located at the center of the Palace Charles de Gaulle.
#5 Musee d’Orsay
From 1898 to 1900 on the banks of Seine, in the centre of Paris Musee D’Orsay was installed in the former Orsay railway station. The museum has the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist works of art in the world which includes the masterpieces of Monet, Degas, Renoir, Sisley and so forth. Musee D’Orsay is one of the largest art museums in Europe.
French Musée du Louvre, national museum and art gallery of France located in part of a large palace in Paris which was built on the right-bank site of the 12th-century fortress of Philip Augustus. In 1546 this old castle was razed by a great art collector Francis I, who began to build another royal residence, the Louvre. Later it was enhanced and added by almost every subsequent French monarch and has become the world’s largest museum and one of the main historic monument in France attracting millions of tourists and art lovers from all over the world.
#3 Eiffel tower
In 1889 Paris’ most recognizable monument was built by Gustave Eiffel’s company for 1889 World’s Fair. At that time many regarded the massive iron structure with skepticism. However, today the Eiffel Tower plays an important role in television and media and considered to be an architectural marvel attracting more visitors than any other paid tourist attraction in the world.
#2 palace of versailles
The Palace of Versailles for 30 years has been listed as a World Heritage Site and is one of the most remarkable achievements in the French 17th century art. In the 19th century it became the Museum of the History of France. Today the Palace has 2300 rooms full of art and beauty.
#1 Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen
Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen is one of the main milestones of human liberties containing the articles and principles that inspired the French Revolution. The major thinkers of the French Enlightenment such as Montesquieu and Jean-Jacques Rousseau had their contribution to the creation of the declaration by writing the general will- the concept according which the state represents the general will of the citizens.