UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France

UNESCO world heritage site France Strasbourg Cathedral
The front door of the Strasbourg Cathedral. The center of the city of Strasbourg is a Unesco World Heritage site.

There are 43 Unesco World Heritage Sites in France, the fourth most after Italy, Spain, and China.

Below is the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in France, with links to our posts about ones we have visited. We have many other posts about France which include information on World Heritage sites. You can see all of our France posts here.

Cultural (39)

  • Abbey Church of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe (1983)
  • Amiens Cathedral (1981)
  • Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments (1981)
  • Belfries of Belgium and France (1999,2005)
  • Bordeaux, Port of the Moon (2007)
  • Bourges Cathedral (1992)
  • Canal du Midi (1996)
  • Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau, Reims (1991)
  • Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars (2015)
  • Chartres Cathedral (1979)
  • Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay (1981)
  • Decorated Cave of Pont d’Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, Ardèche (2014)
  • Episcopal City of Albi (2010)
  • Fortifications of Vauban (2008)
  • From the Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains to the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, the Production of Open-pan Salt (1982,2009)
  • Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge (1995)
  • Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne (1997)
  • Historic Site of Lyon (1998)
  • Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion (1999)
  • Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret (2005)
  • Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay (1979)
  • Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin (2012)
  • Palace and Park of Fontainebleau (1981)
  • Palace and Park of Versailles (1979)
  • Paris, Banks of the Seine (1991)
  • Place Stanislas, Place de la Carrière and Place d'Alliance in Nancy (1983)
  • Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct) (1985)
  • Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps (2011)
  • Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley (1979)
  • Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs (2001)
  • Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the “Triumphal Arch” of Orange (1981)
  • Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France (1998)
  • Strasbourg, Grande-Île and Neustadt (1988,2017)
  • Taputapuātea (2017)
  • The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (2016)
  • The Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape (2011)
  • The Climats, terroirs of Burgundy (2015)
  • The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes (2000)
  • Vézelay, Church and Hill (1979)

Natural (3)

  • Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve (1983)
  • Lagoons of New Caledonia: Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems (2008)
  • Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island (2010)

Mixed (1)

  • Pyrénées – Mont Perdu (1997,1999)

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