A Guide for Travelers to France
From medieval times to modern days, France has been at the forefront of architectural innovation. Follow these links for an architectural tour of France. Also find travel help and resources for planning your French tour.
- Arc de Triomphe
- Church of St. Denis
- The Eiffel Tower
- The Louvre
- Lille Grand Palais (Congrexpo)
- Maison à Bordeaux
- La Cite, the castle city of Carcassonne
- The Paris Opéra
- Pope's Palace in Avignon
- Chateau de Versailles
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Find out how much you know about buildings in France. Here's an Architecture Quiz from your Guide to the French Language.
Over the centuries, France has been at the forefront of architectural innovation. In Medieval times, the radical new Gothic style found its beginnings in France. During the Renaissance, the French borrowed from Italian ideas to create lavish Chateaux. In the 1600s, the French brought classical restraint to the elaborate Baroque style. Neoclassism was popular in France till about 1840, followed by a revival of Gothic ideas.
From 1885 till about 1820, the hot new trend was "Beaux Arts" -- an elaborate, highly decorated fashion inspired by many ideas from the past. Art Nouveau originated in France in the 1880s. Art Deco was born in Paris in 1925. Then came the various modern movements -- with France solidly in the lead.