Visiting France’s most important churches offers world’s one of the best art and architecture as well as its religious life.
1. Chartres Cathedral
The Chartres Cathedral construction begins in the year 1194. This is one of the incredible buildings that are constructed in the Gothic style. It is the UNESCO world heritage site and it is considered to be one of the leading examples of French Gothic architecture.
Chartres Cathedral has colorfully stained glass windows and on the roof of the Cathedral has two different spires compete for attention. The exterior of the Cathedral also phenomenal and don’t miss the artworks.
2. Amiens Cathedral
Amiens Cathedral is one of the most beautiful churches in France. While seeing this Cathedral, you can easily understand how the population of Amiens wanted something similar to the Reims for their own church. Amiens is just two hours outside of the Reims and an internal part of the planning process, the Amiens is slightly taller than the one in Reims. In the interior part, it has the incredible structure and there is intricately painted detailed carvings of saints.
3. Notre Dame de Paris
Notre Dame de Paris is France’s well-known cathedral, which was constructed in the middle of the 12th century. The giant Gothic structure dominates the jewel of Parisian architecture and it boasts an incredibly large size. It is decorated with multiple gargoyles which are used not only for design but also used for column supports and even waterspouts. The underground crypts are also open to the public, but the interior grandeur gives you an amazing experience. When you are visiting this cathedral, make time to see the extensive crypts underneath the church.
4. Reims Cathedral
Reims Cathedral construction began over 800 years ago. It took nearly a full century to build for the French. Nowadays, Reims Cathedral is the best example of Gothic architecture. It is one of the main attractions of the city Reims. In the Reims Cathedral, there are many great early kings of France had their coronations, and the records show that Saint Joan of the arc was in the attendance at one such ceremony in the 15th century. If you have an idea to visit France in the future, Reims Cathedral is one of the most beautiful places to see.
5. Mont Saint Michel Abbey
Mont Saint Michel Abbey is the part of the appeal and beauty. It standing just half a mile off the Normandy coast and it is one of the wonderful locations in the world. Mont Saint Michel Abbey built during the 15th century and it is still home to Benedictine monks, the Abbey is surrounded by only a narrow circle of shops, museums, cafes, and streets. Museums are devoted to the island and its history.
6. Notre Dame de la Garde
The city of Marseille is home to the wonderful Notre Dame de la Garde. The church is built in the antique Byzantine style and it has unbelievable construction honoring to the patron saint of Sailors. The Roman Catholic Cathedral was completed in the 19th century and the place was originally used as an ancient fort. Inside this great beauty, don’t miss the chance to see the sumptuous Madonna and baby Jesus copper statue and it covered with gold leaf as well as the stone arches.
7. Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
It is the challenge of getting into the Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe. The beautiful church placed on the rocky point and it is the 10th-century building. To reach this church, you have to climb 268 steep steps carved right into the rock face. Your walk will be surely worth the effort because you will get the chance to see the most beautiful rock building and sacred brick. The Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe looks incredible from below, but getting to the top of the site provides you a stunning visual over the city of Aiguilhe and the French landscape.
Sacre-Coeur is one of the most famous churches in France. The church Sacre-Coeur was built in the ancient Romano-Byzantine style and it is similar to the famed Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Istanbul. Enormous mosaic of Jesus is one of the important features of this church and the church has golden heart themed mosaic within.
9. Monolithic Church of Saint-Jean
Visiting the small and picturesque town of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is an amazing treat. Monolithic Church of Saint-Jean has the traditional architecture within. It was built in the 7th century and extended during the later 12th century. The most incredible attraction in this church is underground. The Monolithic Church of Saint-Jean is carved almost from limestone. Now, the traditional church includes ancient coffins, vaulted nave, and Baptismal pool.
10. Rouen Cathedral
The city of Rouen has so many churches, so sometimes it is called the city of thousand spires. This building is dedicated to the humble worship of Christ. Rouen Cathedral is one of France’s greatest and most outstanding glories. This Rouen’s own spire makes it the tallest in all of France. The hourly bells on the giant 56-bell carillon filled the city with timed sounds. The Rouen Cathedral interior walls are filled with some incredibly inspiring statues.
11. Strasbourg Cathedral
It is sometimes referred to as the pink Cathedral. Strasbourg Cathedral is built in the sandstone marvel of both Romanesque and Gothic design. The church is not only famous for its pink color but also famous for its large interior astronomical clock. The clock is placed inside the Cathedral that was created during the 19th century and also it was considered a scientific wonder.
12. Bourges Cathedral
Bourges Roman Catholic Cathedral was built during the beginning part of the 13th century. It was built in the French Gothic style. It is one of the most important sites of the religious observance at least since the 3rd century of the Christian era. Bourges Roman Catholic Cathedral has the wonderful carvings and other embellishments. It is also one of the amazing places to visit in France.