The smell and crispiness of the ancient book give nothing but fulfillment and a sense of appreciation of what history could bring.

France, commonly known as the “City of Love,” is also known for its well-preserved and maintained historical sites that span the entire region. Whether it be ancient monuments, charming cobblestone lanes, or wineries that were founded in the 13th century, France has it all. From learning different languages or cultures to witnessing the stonework of buildings from the little villages found in the foothill of the famous Vosges Mountains, and fairy-tale-like panoramic city views, nothing beats time spent in France.

10 Château Comtal de Carcassonne

The Chateau Comtal is one of the Cathar castles from the medieval era located in the City of Carcassonne. The castle has a 2,500-year history and was occupied at various times by Romans, Visigoths, and Crusaders. The restoration began in 1853, was led by architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, and was continued by Paul Boeswillwald and architect Nodet. The entrance ticket for adults is €8.50, for couples is €6, and free for kids. To reach this destination, it is best to travel by car or taxi; however, walking is a popular option, as there are some tourists who choose to walk and enjoy the breathtaking views of Carcassonne.

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9 Château de Chenonceau

Out of the many beautiful villages in France, in the small village of Chenonceaux, a castle called the Chateau de Chenonceau resides in the Cher River, which is located within France's picturesque Loire Valley. This 16th-century castle was designed by Philibert de l'Orme, a Renaissance architect, who first built it with an old mill and then further expanded it to cross the Cher River. This is one of the country's most popular tourist attractions because its architecture represents the transition from late Gothic to Renaissance styles, and its history is intriguing.

8 Les Invalides

Les Invalides was formerly known as Hôtel National des Invalides or Hôtel des Invalides, which means “House of the Disabled". These are buildings in Paris, France in the 17th arrondissement with monuments and museums focusing on the history of the military in France. Moreover, the building was used as a hospital, and retirement home for war veterans, and currently houses things like the military museum of the Army of France, which explains the name. Furthermore, Les Invalides includes the national cathedral of the French military and the Dôme des Invalides, which is the tallest church building in Paris at a height of 107 meters.

7 Pere Lachaise Cemetery

On the northeast side of Paris, France, the Pere Lachaise Cemetery, which means “Cemetery of the East,” is both a cemetery and a park. This is the largest cemetery and park in France and has about 300,000 to 1,000,000 people buried there. Père-Lachaise could arguably be named the most visited cemetery in the world. Famous people, such as American singer and songwriter Jim Morrison, French singer and actress Edith Piaf, and Irish author Oscar Wilde, were buried in the aforementioned cemetery.

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6 Abbey of Mont Saint – Michel

In 1979, UNESCO declared the Abbey of Mont Saint – Michel to be the 'The Wonder of the Western World.” Located in Normandy, France, the Abbey of Mont Saint is a tidal island and mainland commune. In the early 8th century, Michael Saint-Aubert, a bishop in Avranches, built the Abbey of Mont Saint because he proclaimed that he was pressured by the Archangel Michael to build a church at the top of the island. The Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel is an early 13th-century Gothic architecture in which France experienced great intellectual, artistic, and economic booms, which resulted in numerous major building projects throughout the Western world.

5 Catacombs of Paris

The Catacombs of Paris are located in Paris, France, and are ossuaries built in the underground extending from the Barrière d'Enfer, which hold the remains in a tunnel network connecting Paris's ancient stone quarries. This was built to reduce the overflowing of the city’s cemeteries. Famous people during the French Revolution, such as Jean-Paul Marat and Maximilien de Robespierre, were placed in these catacombs. In 1860, the ossuaries were filled with more than the remains of more than six million people, and the city eventually stopped moving bones.

4 Amphitheater Of Nimes

The Amphitheater of Nimes, also known as the Roman amphitheater, is a stadium that has 34 terraces that can cater to up to 24,000 people; it is called the best-preserved arena in the world. This was built in the first century under Emperor Augustus and was considered to be one of the biggest Roman amphitheaters in Gaul. This is located in Bd des Arènes, the French city of Nimes. Furthermore, by the end of the first century, the amphitheater of Nimes was used for events such as animal hunting and gladiator fights.

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3 Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris, also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral, is located in Île de la Cité, Paris, France, and is famously known for its Middle Ages architecture, gothic designs, size, and antiquity. This cathedral was built by Bishop Maurice de Sully in 1163 and is dedicated to the Mother of Jesus, Mary. In 1805, Notre Dame received the honorary title of the minor basilica and is considered to be one of the most popular structures in Paris and the French nation.

2 Lascaux

Lascaux Grotto, more commonly known as Lascaux, is located in the region of France above the Vézère River Valley, which is near Montignac in the Dordogne. This cave contains a lot of historical explanations, such as Paleolithic cave drawings and paintings consisting of different large animals that were once native to the region, culture, and history, and thus offers a chance to learn about new culture in France. The cave paintings were estimated to be 20,000 years old and in 1979, UNESCO declared Lascaux a World Heritage site. Lascaux remained open to the public for many years after the war, until it was closed in 1963. Furthermore, the constant visitation of tourists began to deteriorate and erase the prehistoric paintings in the cave. Thus, the original Lascaux caves are now closed.

1 Domaine National du Palais-Royal

The Palais Royal was originally called the Palais-Cardinal and used to be a royal palace in Paris. The palace housed a lot of royal families, such as the new Duke and Duchess of Orléans, after the death of the Duke of Orléans in 1701. This was built by architect Jacques Lemercier in 1633 for Cardinal Richelieu, and the sculptures in the gardens were made by Buren and Bury. The 260 black and white striped octagonal columns are a must-see and one of Paris's significant symbols.