Looking around France can never be an exhaustive agenda whether you spend days doing it or months. That is how rich the sights in France are.
Musee du Louvre
Philippe Auguste built it in 12th century and it became national museum in 1793.Easily the best in the Europe, the artifacts and sculptures here excel in their artistic value.
Chateau de Chantilly
Chateau de Chantilly holds some of the most arrestingly beautiful paintings. The time spent in the gardens can never leave your memory. A single vestibule leads you to two buildings, the Petit and Grand Chateaux.
Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris
This square is in the center of Paris, the cathedral of Our Lady of Paris at its threshold. The exact center of the city is marked by a bronze star near the entrance to the cathedral.
If Cathedrale Notre dame does not find a place in a list of architectural excellence in France, the list is woefully inadequate. Such is the marvel of the structure built in 13th century.
Chateau de Chambord
One of the largest chateau in the Loire valley, Chateau de Chambord is a fine representation of French Renaissance architectural splendor. The rooms and corridors may pose a problem if you got lost. Keep the audio guide that you can buy at the chateau handy.
Basilique de St-Denis
Can you visualize 43 kings and 32 queens together? Well, they are there alright but in their graves at St-Denis Basilica. You cannot help slipping to a tenebrous mood by the presence of the appropriate funerary sculptures.
Grotte de Lascaux & Lascaux II
To move far back into the past, visit Grotte de Lascaux to see the prehistoric cave paintings. The complexity of the arrangements within the chambers is unbelievable.
Chateau de Versailles
The enormity of this perhaps most famous chateau in France or even the whole of Europe is difficult to comprehend even after several visits. The vainglorious Louis XIV’s insatiable self-importance has resulted in this most aesthetical achievement for you to see and savor.
The French, ancient or modern, seem to indulge in things artistic. Georges Pompidou, the erstwhile French president’s desire for a modern architectural structure gave shape to this building. The building has all the modern features like plumbing and air vents. The exhibition includes paintings by Picasso.
Jardin du Palais Royal
The French governments of the modern times knew how to put old buildings to good utility. This palace was built in 1624 and a favorite of Louis XIV, it is the seat of Conseil d’Etat.
Maison de Claude Monet
Giverny, a hamlet lying northwest of Paris is the home to Monet whose paintings are some of the priciest in the world. If you consider yourself as someone artistically inclined, you would not want to miss a pilgrimage to Giverny.
Musee des Beaux-Arts
What will you do if the rooms holding art pieces are themselves pieces of art? You will end up spending the whole day there! This most beautiful galley and its exhibits are among the most enduringly fascinating.
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