France is one place with an abundance of famous buildings that will leave you almost exhausted. With so many architectural wonders there, it seems impossible to visit them all in one trip. Most tourists find it difficult to decide which one to visit. Regardless of the number, France’s architecture is worth a look. Whether it is the magnificent churches, the magical castles (chateaux), or the artistic museums, France provides excellent opportunities to see art. Here are a few interesting man-made buildings that have received worldwide acclaim.
Paris’ Heartthrob- The Eiffel Tower
France’s capital, Paris, is famous for the Eiffel Tower, one of Europe’s most famous landmarks. Its stunning beauty cannot be ignored while you are in Paris, once recognized as the tallest structure in the world. Since its inception, it has been visited by around 200 million people and has become a symbol of France. From any point in Paris, you can see this tower’s 984-foot height. As it glows with innumerable lights at night, this tower is truly captivating. This structure is undoubtedly one of the most photographed in all of France.
Art and Religion at Notre Dame
Thousands of tourists visit Notre Dame in Paris every year. This Gothic structure is a sight to behold both inside and out. Through its different portals, this structure depicts the Madonna and Child, Mary’s youth, and Jesus’ birth. The interiors are also impressive with slender and colorful designs. Even though the Church has a historical background, its marvelous art outshines its historical significance.
Louvre Museum - Amazing Visit
One of the biggest palaces in the world, the Musee du Louvre is one of France’s most popular museums. The variety of artwork in this museum is like a maze where you lose yourself. The museum displays Oriental antiquities, Greek antiquities, sculptures from the Medieval Period to Modern times, and paintings from every school of European art. Some of the great ancient artworks of the Universe can also be seen inside the museum.
Stunning Loire Valley Castles
More than 300 castles adorn the Loire Valley, also known as the ‘Garden of France’. The castles are built against the picturesque backdrop of the Valley, which reflects the colors of the slate and tufa stones. Nowadays, most of these chateaux are privately owned or open to the public. This region is home to some of the most spectacular chateaux, including Chenonceau with its Renaissance architecture, Chambord with its French and Italian architecture, Villandry, one of the most cherished gardens in the country, and Clos Luce, which exhibits Da Vinci’s inventions.
Among the other well-known structures in France are the Cathedral in Amiens, the Musee d’Orsay, the Palace of Versailles, and the Pantheon. It is true that there is an exhaustive list of buildings in France, but this is only a starting point.