Wednesday, October 8, 2014


In this post you will learn some fun facts about  France and France's 10 wonders

Some Fun Facts about France

The 10 Wonders of France

1. Louvre Museum

The Louvre or the Louvre Museum (French: Musée du Louvre, pronounced: [myze dy luvʁ]) is one of the world's largest museums and a historic monument. A central landmark of Paris, France, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district). Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet). The Louvre is the world's most visited museum, and received more than 9.7 million visitors in 2012.
The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip II. Remnants of the fortress are visible in the basement of the museum. The building was extended many times to form the present Louvre Palace. In 1682, Louis XIV chose the Palace of Versailles for his household, leaving the Louvre primarily as a place to display the royal collection, including, from 1692, a collection of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture.
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Official website of Louvre Museum

2. Versailles

The Palace of Versailles, or simply Versailles, is a royal château in Versailles in the Île-de-France region of France. In French, it is known as the Château de Versailles. Check out the youtube video below


3. Chartres Cathedral

Chartres Cathedral, also known as Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Chartres (French: Basilique Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres), is a medieval Catholic cathedral of the Latin Church located in Chartres, France, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) southwest of Paris. It is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The current cathedral, mostly constructed between 1194 and 1250, is the last of at least five which have occupied the site since the town became a bishopric in the 4th century.
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Chartres Cathedral



4. Mont Saint Michel

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Mont Saint Michel

5. Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower (French: La tour Eiffel) is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair, it was initially criticised by some of France's leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.98 million people ascended it in 2011. The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010.
The tower is 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to assume the title of the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930. Because of the addition of the aerial atop the Eiffel Tower in 1957, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building by 5.2 metres (17 ft). Not including broadcast aerials, it is the second-tallest structure in France, after the Millau Viaduct.

6.  Chambord Castle

At the heart of Europe's largest enclosed wooded park (around 19 mi² enclosed by a 20 mile-long wall), Chambord, the dream of a young king and a marvel of the Renaissance period, is the largest château in the Loire Valley. It boasts a pleasure garden and a hunting park both listed as Historical Monuments. for more information please visit the site:
The castle of Chambord

7.  Chenonceau Castle

Property of the Crown, then a royal residence, the Château de Chenonceau, one of the most famous castles in the Loire valley bears testimony to a sophisticated way of life through its original design, the wealth of its collections, its furnishings and its decoration, but also when considering its fate, as it was loved, run and protected by exceptional women who made a mark on history. Click on the link below  for more information:
Chenonceau Castle

8. Fontaine Bleau

The town of Fontainebleau is inextricably linked to its forest and its chateau. It grew as a result of its contact with the kings of France and the court over period of eight centuries. It has retained considerable evidence of this link in its layout and its architecture. As a horse capital and rock-climbing  mecca, Fontainebleau delights everyone.


The forest

The Chateau

9. Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral (full name: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, "Our Lady of Paris") is a beautiful cathedral on the the Île de la Cité in Paris. Begun in 1163 and mostly completed by 1250, Notre Dame is an important example of French Gothic architecture, sculpture and stained glass. For
more information click on the link below
Notre Dame Cathedral

10. Reims Cathedral

Located in the Champagne-Ardenne region, 130 km from Paris, Reims, known as the "city of coronations" or "city of kings", houses four buildings listed as Unesco world heritage since 1991: the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims, the former royal abbey of Saint-Rémi and its abbey church, the basilica of Saint-Rémi, and the former archiepiscopal palace, known as the Palace of Tau.
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Reims Cathedral