France is one of the most amazing tourist destinations in the world and it is very hard to pick only top 5 tourist attractions that are a must for visitors. Only Paris has so many wonderful attractions that shouldn’t be missed, let alone the entire country. However, when it comes to the best of the best, the majestic Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum with its wonderful masterpieces, Notre Dame de Paris with its infamous stories, the elegant Versailles Palace and the medieval Mont Saint Michel Abbey should definitely not be missed.
Eiffel Tower, Paris
Eiffel Tower, or Tour Eiffel, is probably the most renowned touristic attraction in France and also the most visited monument in the world. Built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel’s company, Eiffel Tower was a way to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution. Initially, Eiffel Tower was not well received by Parisians who were not accustomed to modern monuments, but during the years the majestic tower became the symbol of modern France that was shaped on three main principles: liberty, equality and fraternity.
Louvre Museum, Paris
Some of the most famous paintings in the world including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Venus of Milo are exhibit in the most visited and the largest museum in the world. Musee du Louvre is also the place where many art collections, famous historic documents and proofs of old civilizations were gathered for the world to see. From Egyptian mummies to the Code of Hammurabi, the museum shelters so many wonderful treasures it is impossible to discover them in one day.
The museum is a symbol of France’s love for art and beauty but also a significant monument that survived through centuries of social and political transformations. The French Renaissance style of the Louvre Palace received a modern touch in 1989 when the futuristic pyramid that is now the main entrance of the museum was built. As in the case of Eiffel Tower, the pyramid was received with skepticism by critics and there were various urban legends that were trying to discredit the massive glass structure. However, despite all the bad critics, Louvre Museum registered increasing numbers of visitors after the pyramid was built.
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
Notre Dame de Paris became famous after Victor Hugo published The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1831. The church’s Gothic architectural style with its ornate spires, the majestic Gargoyles and the magnificent stained-glass windows fascinate millions of tourists from all over the world.
Versailles Palace, Versailles
Versailles Palace is probably the most elegant tourist destination in France and it features incredibly beautiful gardens that are a tourist attraction on their own and the imposing palace that stands tall as the symbol of the monarchy and an architectural masterpiece. The interiors are as impressive and breathtaking as the exteriors. The royal apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and all the furnishings in the palace are outstanding examples of what the royal life was all about.
Mont Saint Michel Abbey, Mont Saint Michel
Mont Saint Michel Abbey is situated on the border between Normandy and Brittany and since 1979 it is a UNESCO World Heritage listing that remembers the world about the heroic resistance of the French army against the English army during the Hundred Years’ War. This amazing tourist attraction hides a scenic Middle Ages village, behind its fortified walls, that dates from 11th century.