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Cultural Sites - monuments in France

Great monuments of France


Exceptional Monuments

"Monuments d'Exception" Culture Espaces, 153 bd Haussmann 75008 Paris
Tel. +33 1 53 77 66 00 Fax +33 1 42 56 04 09.

"Monuments d'exception" is a collection of six historic monuments and museums which make a particular effort to offer visitors an excellent reception along with a high level of cultural and educational facilities to ensure an exemplary visit.

The Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris, a splendid mansion which was the abode of great collectors at the end of the 19th century, presents some exceptional works of the Italian Renaissance, Flemish painting and the French school...

The Château Royal de Blois, a prestigious testimony to the Renaissance, is a must-see for all those wishing to complete their understanding of the Val-de-Loire.

The Château de Valençay, in the Indre, a magnificent Renaissance and 17th century building, has retained all the original furnishings of its illustrious host, Talleyrand.

The Popes' Palace in Avignon, the greatest Gothic palace in Europe and a symbol of the influence that the Church brought to bear on the western world in the 14th century, is today the most visited monument in the South of France.

The Château des Baux dominates the celebrated village of Les Baux-de-Provence, offering many centres of interest: dungeon, museum, war machines, audio-visual display, exhibits...

The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, offering all the splendour of the Riviera during the "Belle Epoque", with its art collections and gardens overlooking the sea: truly one of the jewels of the Côte d'Azur.

Paris

Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles de Gaulle/Toile, 75008 Paris. Tel: 01 43 80 31 31.
RER: line A Charles-de-Gaulle/Etoile-Metro: Charles-de-Gaulle/Etoile.
Summer: 10am-5:30pm. Winter: 10am-5pm. Closed on public holidays.
Chalgrin's work (1806-1836). Situated on one of the most beautiful views in the world, half-way between the Tuileries Gardens and the Arche de la Défense, the Arc de Triomphe is the highest point of the Triumphal Route.

Centre National D'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou
75191 PARIS CEDEX 04. Tel: 01 44 78 12 33.
RER: lines A-B-D Châtelet-Les-Halles. Metro: Hôtel de Ville, Rambuteau.
Open 12 noon-10pm. Saturdays, Sundays, and Public-Holidays: 10am-10pm. Closed on Tuesdays. The Georges Pompidou Center houses: The Musée National d'Art Moderne, the Bibliothèque Publique d'Information, the IRCAM - the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique-Musique, the Centre de Création Industrielle (architecture, design, visual communication), the Salle Garance and Studio 5. Contemporary architecture (1977) with metallic structures and glass tubes. (Architects: R. Piano-Rogers).

Conciergerie
1, quai de l'Horloge, 75001 Paris. RER: lines B-C Saint-Michel, Notre Dame Metro: Cité, Saint-Michel, Châtelet Summer: 9:30am-6:30pm. Winter: 10am-4pm. Closed on Public Holidays. First prison in Paris and remains of the Palais des Capétiens, the Conciergerie is linked to memories of the Revolution.

Ecole Militaire
Avenue de la Motte-Picquet, 75007 Paris. Metro: Ecole Militaire.
The facade of the Military College is one of the most beautiful architectural works of the 18th century. (Architect: J.A. Gabriel) No visits allowed.

Invalides
Avenue de Tourville, 75007 Paris. RER: Line C Invalides-Metro: Latour-Maubourg, Invalides. The Invalides is one of the most prestigious historic complexes in Paris: Hôtel des Invalides: Musée de l'Armée and Musée des Plans et Reliefs. Eglise du Dôme des Invalides: a masterpiece of French religious architecture, Houses the ashes of the Emperor Napoléon I. Eglise Saint-Louis des Invalides: "The Soldiers' Church".

Eglise de la Madeleine
Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Tel: 01 42 65 52 17. Metro: Madeleine The church of the Madeleine is the focal point of the magnificent perspective Madeleine-Concorde-Palais Bourbon. A Greek temple from the 18th to the 19th centuries.

Obelisque
Place de la Concorde 75008 Paris. Metro: Concorde. Covered with hieroglyphics, it is the oldest monument in Paris (33 centuries).

Hôtel d'Albret 31, rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003 Paris.Metro:Saint-Paul
Hôtel Amelot de Bisseuil 47, rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris. Metro: Rambuteau
Hôtel d'Aumont 7, rue de Jouy, 75004 Paris. Metro:Saint-Paul
Hôtel de Beauvais 68, rue François Miron, 75004 Paris. Metro:Saint-Paul
Hôtel Donon Musée Cognacq-Jay Tel: 01 40 27 07 21. 8, rue Elzévir, 75003 Paris. Metro: Saint-Paul, Rambuteau. 10am-5:40pm. Closed on Mondays and public holidays.
Grand Carnavalet Musée Historique de la Ville de Paris 23, rue de Sévigné, 75003 Paris. Metro: Chemin Vert, Saint-Paul. Combination of the Hôtel Carnavalet and the Hôtel Le Peletier-Saint-Fargeau.
Hôtel de Guénégaud des Brosses Musée de la chasse et Nature.
Tel: 01 42 72 86 43. 60, rue des Archives, 75003 Paris. Metro: Rambuteau.
Hôtel de Juigné-Salé Musée Picasso 5, rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris. Metro: Saint Paul, Chemin Vert.
Hôtel de Lamoignon, Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris.
Tel: 01 44 59 29 40 - 24, rue Pavée, 75004 Paris. Metro: Saint-Paul.
9:30am-6pm from Monday to Saturday.
Hôtel de Soubise Archives de France. Tel: 01 40 27 60 00.
60, rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003 Paris. Metro: Rambuteau.
Hôtel de Sens Bibliothèque Forney. Tel: 01 42 78 14 60. 1, rue Figuier, 75004 Paris. Metro: Pont Marie, Saint-Paul 1:30pm-8:30pm from Tuesday to Friday. 10am-8:30pm on Saturdays.
Hôtel de Sully Caisse Nationale des Monuments Historiques et des Sites.
Tel: 01 44 61 21 50 - 62, rue Saint-Antoine, 75004 Paris. Metro: Saint-Paul. 9am-7pm.

Place des Vosges
The oldest royal square in Paris. In the 17th century it was the meeting place of the elegant people and the Middle Classes.

Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral
Parvis de Notre Dame, 75004 Paris. Tel: 01 43 26 07 39.
RER: lines B-C Saint-Michel, Notre-Dame. Metro:Cité. Am-7pm. A Gothic masterpiece, Notre Dame was designed by Maurice de Sully and was built between the 12th and 14th centuries (1163-1345). Road distances in France
are calculated from the "0 km" point on the square.

*Towers Notre-Dame de Paris. Tel: 01 43 29 50 40.
Summer: 9:30am-6:30pm. Winter: 9:30am-5:30pm. Closed on Public Holidays.

*Crypte archéologique-Notre Dame de Paris. Tel: 01 43 29 83 51.
Summer: 10am-5:30pm. Winter: 10am-4:30pm.
Closed on Public Holidays. Interesting archeological discoveries are to be seen in the crypt (Gallo-Roman period to the 19th century).

Opera de Paris - Garnier
Place de l'Opéra, 75009 Paris. Tel: 01 40 01 17 89.
RER: line A Auber. Metro: Opéra. 10am-5pm. Designed by Charles Garnier, the Opéra de Paris is the most beautiful monument of the Second Empire.

Opera National de Paris-Bastille
Place de la Bastille, 75004 Paris. Tel: 01 40 01 17 89.
Metro: Bastille. Designed by Carlos Ott (1989).

Palais de Chaillot
Place du Trocadéro, 75016 Paris. Metro: Trocadéro. The Palais de Chaillot was built in 1937 for the Universal Exhibition. Perspective of the garden and fountains of the Trocadéro, the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. It combines: Musée du Cinéma, Théâtre National de Chaillot, Musée National des Monuments Français, Musée de la Marine, Musée de l'Homme.

Pantheon
Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris. Tel: 01 43 54 34 51.
RER: line B Luxembourg. Metro: Cardinal Lemoine, Jussieu.
Summer: 10am-6pm. Winter: 10am-5:30pm. Closed on public holidays.
Previously a church, the Panthéon has become the "great men's necropolis": the tombs of Mirabeau, Voltaire, Rousseau, Hugo, Zola are there. Visit possible only to the upper parts and the crypt.

Sacre Coeur Basilica
Parvis du Sacré Coeur, 75018 Paris.
Tel: 01 42 51 17 02. Metro: Anver, Abbesses. Basilica: 6:45am-11pm. Crypt and Dome: Summer: 9am-7pm. Winter: 9am-6pm.
The Basilica was built following a national vow after France's defeat in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. An exceptional view over Paris. One can get to the Basilica by using the Funiculaire (funicular railway) leaving from the Marché Saint-Pierre (Metro: Anvers).

Sainte-Chapelle
4, boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris. Tel: 01 43 54 30 09.
RER: lines B-C Saint-Michel, Notre Dame. Metro: Cité. Summer: 9:30am-6:pm. Winter: 10am-4:30pm. Closed on public holidays. Built in 33 months (1246-1248), apparently designed by Pierre de Montreuil, the Sainte-Chapelle is a masterpiece of Gothic art.

Eiffel Tower
Champ de Mars, 75007, Paris. Tel: 01 44 11 23 45.
RER: line C Champ-de-Mars-Tour Eiffel.
Metro: Bir Hakeim, Trocadéro.
9:30am-11:30am. July/August: 9am-midnight.
The Eiffel Tower (307meters) which symbolizes Paris for the whole world, was built for the Universal Exhibition in 1889 and is considered a masterpiece of its kind. From the third floor there is panoramic view of Paris and Ile de France to a radius of 70 km.

Tour Montparnasse
33, avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris. Tel: 01 45 38 52 56
Metro: Montparnasse-Bienvenue.
Summer: 9am-11:30pm. Winter: 10am-10pm.
Panoramic view from the 56th and 59th stories - 209 meters.

La Grande Arche - Paris La Defense
1, parvis de la Défense, 92040 Paris-Défense. Tel: 01 49 07 27 57.
RER line A La Défense exit "La Grande Arche".
Metro: Grande Arche de la Défense. Summer: 9am-7pm. Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: 9am-8pm. Winter: 9am -6pm.
Panorama with a view of the historic route: Arc de Triomphe- Cour Carrée du Louvre. (Architect: Otto von Spreckelsen)

Villa Savoye
Poissy - Tel. +33 (0) 1 39 65 01 06.

Aquitaine - Bordeaux Area, Southwestern France

The Pey-Berland Tower in Bordeaux - Tel. +33 (0) 5 56 81 26 25

Brittany/Bretagne - Western France, By the Atlantic Ocean (on the other side!)

The House of Ernest Renan in Tréguier - Tel. +33 (0) 2 96 92 45 63

Loire Valley - Southwest of Paris

The House of George Sand in Nohant - Tel. +33 (0) 2 54 31 06 04

Franche-Comte - South of Alsace, North of Lyon, by the Swiss Border, Eastern France

Horloge astronomique de Besançon - Tel. +33 (0) 3 81 81 12 76

Languedoc-Roussillon - Straight Southern France, by the Mediterranean Sea

The City of Carcassonne - Tel. +33 (0) 4 68 25 01 66 - has been listed as a "world heritage" in 1997 Fort de Salses - Tel. +33 (0) 4 68 38 60 13 - Fort Saint-André in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon - Tel. +33 (0) 4 90 25 45 35

Limousin

Ruines d'Oradour-sur-Glane - Tel. +33 (0) 5 55 03 12 41

Nord-Pas-de-Calais - Northern France, by the Border of Belgium

Colonne de la Grande-Armée in Wimille - Tel. +33 (0) 3 21 80 43 69

Poitou-Charentes - Western France

Tower of La Lanterne in La Rochelle - Tel. +33 (0) 5 46 41 56 04

Provence - Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence Areas, Southeastern France

Château d'If - Tel. +33 (0) 4 91 59 02 30
The Arsenal of Montdauphin - Tel. +33 (0) 4 92 45 26 06
Hôtel de Sade in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence - Tel. +33 (0) 4 90 92 13 07

Riviera - Nice - Cannes - Monaco Areas, Southwestern France, on the Mediterranean Sea, by the Border of Italy

Trophée d'Auguste at La Turbie (Nice) - Tel. +33 (0) 4 93 41 10 11

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