Discover the 42 UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in France

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    © Atout France/Cédric Helsly

  • Abbaye de Fontenay

    Abbaye de Fontenay

    © Atout France/Daniel Philippe

Discover the 42 UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in France

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) identifies, lists and preserves many highly valued sites of humanity’s shared natural and cultural heritage. In certain circumstances, sites included on UNESCO’s Word Heritage list are entitled to support from the World Heritage Fund.

The World Heritage programme was launched by UNESCO in 1972, and since that time 1001 sites have been accredited. Nearly half of these are located in Europe and North America. France alone boasts 41 sites, which are listed here by theme:



Culture & Religion


Culture & City


Culture & Heritage



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Things to see

  • The stunning natural landscapes of Provence

    © Atout France/François−Xavier Prévot

    The sound of cicadas, typical santons, traditional markets, the scent of lavender and numerous hilltop villages – welcome to the stunning region of Provence just a stone’s throw from the beaches of the Mediterranean.