List of World Heritage Sites in France

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This is a list of World Heritage sites in France with properties of cultural and natural heritage in France as inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List or as on the country's tentative list. France accepted the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage on 27 June 1975, after which it could nominate properties on their territory to be considered for the World Heritage List.

Currently, 49 properties in France are inscribed on the World Heritage List. 42 of these are cultural properties, 6 are natural properties, and 1 is mixed. Four properties are transboundary properties. The first was added to the list in 1979 and the latest in 2019. Five properties were submitted in 1979. The tentative list of France contains 37 properties.

The names in the tables below are the names of the properties as used on the website of UNESCO. There are three different types of properties possible: cultural, natural, and mixed. Selection criteria i, ii, iii, iv, v, and vi are the cultural criteria, and selection criteria vii, viii, ix, and x are the natural criteria. The dates for the properties on the World Heritage List are the dates of inscription, the dates for the tentative list are those of submission. The numbers are the reference numbers as used by UNESCO, and they link directly to the description pages of the properties on the UNESCO website.

Properties on the World Heritage List

Ref # Site Image Region Era Type Year listed Extension Description
230 Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe Saint-Savin abbaye (1).jpg Nouvelle-Aquitaine 9th century cultural 1983 2007
165 Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay Abbaye de Fontenay-EgliseBatiments.jpg Bourgogne-Franche-Comté 12th century cultural 1981 2007
164 Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments Arles HDR.jpg Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur from 1st century BC to 4th century; 12th century cultural 1981 -
84 Vézelay, Church and Hill 00 Basilique Ste-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay - Tour et côté sud.JPG Bourgogne-Franche-Comté 12th century cultural 1979 2007
943 Belfries of Belgium and France Beffroi de Loos (3).JPG Hauts-de-France 13th century-20th century cultural 1999 2005 Transboundary property, shared with Belgium; extension of the former Belfries of Flanders and Wallonia
1256 Bordeaux, Port of the Moon Bordeaux quais 04.jpg Nouvelle-Aquitaine 18th century cultural 2007 -
770 Canal du Midi Xvolks canal du midi 01.jpg Occitania 17th century cultural 1996 -
162 Amiens Cathedral Amiens cathedral 030.JPG Hauts-de-France 13th century cultural 1981 -
635 Bourges Cathedral Kathedrale Bourges v2.jpg Centre-Val de Loire 13th century cultural 1992 -
81 Chartres Cathedral France Eure et Loir Chartres Cathedrale nuit 02.jpg Centre-Val de Loire 13th century cultural 1979 -
601 Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Remi, and Palace of Tau, Reims Chevet cathédrale Reims.jpg Grand Est 13th–16th century cultural 1991 -
1153 The Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape Cevennes Florac Mimente depuis Causse Mejean.jpg Occitania cultural 2011 -
228 Historical centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge Avignon, Palais des Papes depuis Tour Philippe le Bel by JM Rosier.jpg Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur 12th–16th century cultural 1995 - Palais des Papes, Episcopal Ensemble and Pont Saint-Bénezet
868 Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France Saint-Gorgon 017.JPG Diverse sites (right-of-way and route) cultural 1998 -
1337 Episcopal City of Albi (Albi) Cité épiscopale d'Albi - Le palais de la Berbie et la cathédrale Ste Cécile.jpg Occitania cultural 2010 -
203 From the Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains to the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, the Production of Open-pan Salt France arc et senas saline royal main building 1.jpg Bourgogne-Franche-Comté 18th century cultural 1982 2009
1283 Fortifications of Vauban Citadelle Besançon.jpg Diverse 17th century cultural 2008 -
932 Jurisdiction of Saint-Émilion Saint emilion014.jpg Nouvelle-Aquitaine cultural 1999 -
1181 Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret LeHavre.jpg Normandy 20th century cultural 2005 - Built from 1945–1964 by the Atelier de Reconstruction du Havre d'Auguste Perret
80 Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay MSM sunset 02.JPG Normandy cultural 1979 2007
160 Palace and Park of Fontainebleau Fontainebleau with gardens.jpg Île-de-France cultural 1981 -
83 Palace and Park of Versailles Versailles chateau.jpg Île-de-France cultural 1979 2007
600 Paris, Banks of the Seine The Seine as seen from the Eiffel Tower, June 2002.jpg Île-de-France cultural 1991 -
229 Place Stanislas, Place de la Carrière, and Place d'Alliance in Nancy France Nancy Place Stanislas nuit.jpg Grand Est 18th century cultural 1983 -
334 Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct) Pontdugard.jpg Occitanie 1st century AD cultural 1985 2007
873 Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs Fortifications ouest2 provins.jpg Île-de-France cultural 2001 -
872 Historic site of Lyon Vieuxlyon saintjean toits.jpg Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes cultural 1998 -
1363 Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps D-BW-Uhldingen-Mühlhofen - Pfahlbaumuseum - Haus Schussenried.jpg Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes 5000–500 BCE cultural 2011 - A series of prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) settlements in and around the Alps. transboundary property, shared with Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, 11 of the total 111 sites are in France.
85 Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley Lascaux painting.jpg Nouvelle-Aquitaine cultural 1979 -
495 Strasbourg – From the Grande Île to the Neustadt Absolute ponts couverts 02.jpg Grand Est cultural 1988 2017
163 Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the "Triumphal Arch" of Orange Le Théâtre Antique d'Orange, 2007.jpg Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur cultural 1981 2007
933 The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes Centre-Val de Loire, Pays de la Loire cultural 2000 - An outstanding cultural landscape of great beauty, containing historic towns and villages, great architectural monuments (the châteaux), and cultivated lands formed by many centuries of interaction between their population and the physical environment, primarily the river Loire itself.
345 Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne Carcassonne JPG01.jpg Occitanie cultural 1997 -
258 Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve 0 Scandola Osani JPG01.jpg Corsica N/A natural 1983 -
1115 Lagoons of New Caledonia: Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems Ouvea Falaises de Lekini.jpg New Caledonia N/A natural 2008 - Diversity of ecosystems in New Caledonia Barrier Reef
1317 The Pitons, Cirques and Remparts of Réunion Island Piton des neiges vu de la plaine des cafres.jpg Réunion N/A natural 2010 -
773 Pyrénées – Mont Perdu Gavarnie recti small Wikimedia Commons.jpg Occitanie N/A mixed 1997 1999 Transboundary property, shared with Spain
1360 Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin Wallers - Fosse Arenberg, les trois chevalements (E).jpg Hauts-de-France 18th to 20th centuries cultural 2012 - Remarkable landscape shaped by three centuries of coal extraction.
1426 Decorated Cave of Pont d’Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, Ardèche Paintings from the Chauvet cave (museum replica).jpg Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes 30,000–28,000 BCE cultural 2014 - Earliest-known and best-preserved figurative drawings in the world.
1425 The Climats, terroirs of Burgundy Frankreich-Burgund-Weinberg direkt bei Beaune.jpg Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Middle Ages–present cultural 2015 - An outstanding example of grape cultivation and wine production developed since the High Middle Ages.
1465 Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars A village with vineyards in Champagne, France 1987.jpg Grand Est 17th century–present cultural 2015 - Sites where the method of producing sparkling wines was developed.
1321 The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement VillaSavoye.jpg Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Île-de-France, Grand Est, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes 20th century cultural 2016 - Testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language. A transnational serial property shared with Argentina, Belgium, Germany, India, Japan and Switzerland.
1528 Taputapuātea Taputapu marae Raiatea little man.jpg French Polynesia 10th century cultural 2017 A Polynesian political, ceremonial and funerary centre.
1434 Chaine des PuysLimagne fault tectonic arena Come pariou.jpg Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes natural 2018 A geologically important site illustrating the process of continental rifting.
1603 French Austral Lands and Seas Marion Dufresne - Crozet.jpg French Southern and Antarctic Lands natural 2019 Remote islands in the Southern Ocean home to unique flora and fauna including a whole slice of Antarctica making this the largest World Heritage Site.
1613 Great Spa Towns of Europe Thermes les Dômes.jpg Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes cultural 2021 A transnational site of 11 towns in seven European countries that developed around natural mineral water springs and bear witness to the international European spa culture. Spa town of Vichy represents this site in France.
1625 Cordouan Lighthouse 2014-09-27 Le Verdon, Gironde, phare de Cordouan (3).JPG Nouvelle-Aquitaine cultural 2021 Cordouan Lighthouse embodies the great stages of the architectural and technological history of lighthouses.
1635 Nice, Winter Resort Town of the Riviera Le Negresco.jpg Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur cultural 2021 Nice bears witness to the evolution of the winter resort due to the city's mild climate and seaside location at the foot of the Alps.
1133 Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe Foret Fontainebleau automne 02.jpg Diverse sites natural 2021 (extension to sites in France) This transnational property represents an outstanding example of relatively undisturbed, complex temperate forests and exhibit a wide spectrum of comprehensive ecological patterns and processes of pure and mixed stands of European beech across a variety of environmental conditions.

Properties submitted on the Tentative List

Property names as submitted by France and year of inscription on Tentative List. Translation of site names provided in italics for reference purposes; official translation of site name proposed only once site is put forward for consideration on World Heritage List.

Location of inscribed sites

See also

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