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This castle in the heart of the Loire Valley is one of the finest samples of the Renaissance architecture in France. It is a Royal castle because it used to be the retreat of some of the most powerful French kings, among them the King Sun --Louis XIV.
This magnificent museum, located in the old Orsay railway station built in 1900, is dedicated to all forms of artistic expression: painting, sculpture and photography of the 1848-1914 period. The era of the impressionist painters is particularly well represented with the masterpieces of Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas...
The Conciergerie (French: La Conciergerie) is a former royal palace and prison in Paris, located on the west of the Île de la Cité, near the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. Hundreds of prisoners during the French Revolution were executed on the guillotines at La Conciergerie.
Angers, the capital of the historic province of Anjou, is considered one of the most beautiful cities in France. Foremost among its many notable structures is the magnificent twin-spiraled Cathedral of Saint Maurice (12th-13th century) and the massive Castle of Angers (early 13th century), with its moat and soaring towers.
At the top of the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile is the most illustrious symbol of French national history. Standing at the top, over fifty metres from the ground, you can watch Parisian life from up high and contemplate the world famous views created by Parisian architects.
By the quality of its architecture and the works of art it contains, its location on the Ile de la Cité and its role in major historical events, Notre-Dame de Paris is a monument that is symbolic of the history of the nation. A visit to the towers, which are 70 metres high, goes through the Galerie des Chimères, the legendary bell, to the top of the south tower which offers a unique panoramic view of Paris.
Sainte-Chapelle was built during the second half of 13th Century by Louis IX, the future Saint Louis, to house the relics of the Passion of Christ. Adorned with a unique collection of fifteen glass panels and a large rose window forming a veritable wall of light, Sainte-Chapelle is a gem of French gothic architecture.
The abbey of Saint Michel sits on the peak of an island. Its tower and spire reach far into the sky. The tides in the surrounding bay are very strong and act as a natural defense. The elegant Gothic monastery is known as La Merveille, or "The Wonder." Saint Michel Mont has become a national monument attracting nearly 1.5 million visitors every year. The island itself has only 105 residents.
The Eiffel Tower was designed by the French engineer and bridge builder Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923) for the Paris Exposition of 1889. The tower is 300 m (984 ft) high and consists of an open iron framework making it the highest manmade structure in the world at the time. It was the largest attraction at the Exposition and today it remains the most recognized structure in all of Europe.
The Champs-Elysées in Paris are known as the most beautiful avenue in the world. They may be, specially at night. The Champs-Elysées stretch from Concorde square to Arc de Triomphe.
The Musée du Louvre is unquestionably one of the finest museums in the world. Home to thousands of classic and modern masterpieces, the Louvre Museum is the jewel in the crown of French culture. Major departments at the Musée du Louvre include: Near Eastern Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities, Islamic Art, Sculptures, Decorative Arts, Paintings, Prints and Drawings.
In a unique location under one roof, the Centre Pompidou houses one of the most important museums in the world, featuring the leading collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe, a vast public reference library with facilities for over 2,000 readers, general documentation on 20th century art, a cinema and performance halls, a music research institute, educational activity areas, bookshops, a restaurant and a café.
Chenonceau is, after Versailles, the most visited French castle. Aside from the visit to the castle, the chateau de Chenonceau provides a large range of activities and services like: a gastronomic restaurant l'Orangerie, a buffet restaurant, a tea room, the Ladies Galery (wax museum) and sailing in small boats during summer months. You can also discovery the vegetable garden, the 16th century farm and the flower workshop where incredible flower displays are created and displayed in the castle.
Giant aquariums, under-water exploration, special effects and spectacular attractions take the visitor on a journey to the heart of the oceans.
The château of Chaumont and its park which occupies a beautiful site with magnificent views over the Loire is open all year. From 2008, you will also have the opportunity to discover the Domaine’s new art project based on the theme of ‘art and nature’.
Situated in the Pas-de-Calais, 5 km from the town of Saint-Omer, LA COUPOLE is a gigantic underground bunker designed by the Nazis, in 1943-1944, to store, prepare and launch the V2 rockets. It is one of the most remarkable sites of the WW2. Rehabilitated as a History and Remembrance Centre, LA COUPOLE reveals, in an impressive setting, the challenges of total war and the stages in the conquest of space.
This recent trilingual (English, French, German) museum is neither a memorial nor a military museum but a museum of mentalities which seeks to show how the cultural representations of combatants and civilians were drastically modified by the war. On the very sites of the Battle of Somme in 1916 and the Battle of Picardy in 1918, the Historial de la Grande Guerre attempts to provide keys for understanding these events in all their dimensions and in so doing, to encourage reflection.
Located in the heart of the famous historic Park de la Villette, La Cité des Sciences, this is one of the world’s greastest centres of scientific and technical culture and above all one of the most innovative. La Cité des Sciences offers both adults and children exhibitions, interactive workshops, amazing Géode and Planetarium films.
Louis XIV, the Sun King, expanded and embellished Louis XIII's modest Versailles "hunting lodge" palace into Europe's grandest royal palace. Versailles is the most visited French castle.
The Haut-Kœnigsbourg castle is one of the symbols of Alsatian heritage and a witness to the course of European history. Visitors from all horizons have the ideal environment to become more familiar with castle architecture, the Middle Ages and the early 20th century restoration through a wide choice of tours, activities and events.

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