World Heritage Sites
UNESCO World Heritage Sites of France
The UNESCO's World Heritage sites are places of outstanding cultural and natural significance and beauty. At least 28 of the World Heritage Sites are in France, and the ones we have listed below are located in Provence and the South of France.
28 of UNESCO's World Heritage sites are in France. Quoting from the World Heritage Convention:
“The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage , adopted by UNESCO in 1972.”
“Cultural heritage refers to monuments, groups of buildings and properties with historical, aesthetic, archaeological, scientific, ethnological or anthropological value. ”
“Natural heritage refers to outstanding physical, biological and geological formations, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants and areas with scientific, conservation or aesthetic value.”
Large Gallo-Roman town on the Rhone, with its Arena and Theater; Van Gogh painted here; rice festival and bull fighting. Museums, hotels and restaurants.
UNESCO site: Roman and Romanesque Monuments
Lovely and active Roman town, home of the Popes of Avignon, Palace of the Popes, Festival d'Avignon with dance, music and theatre.
UNESCO site: Historic Center
Canal du Midi
A 400-km long network of canals and waterways, built in the 17th century, between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean; between Bordeaux and Sète. Added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1999.
UNESCO site: the entire canal system
On the Canal du Midi (a World Heritage site).
UNESCO site: This historic Fortified City
Roman Provencal town, triumphal arch, theatre antique, Cote d'Rhon vineyards, dining, music fesitval.
UNESCO site: Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the Triumphal Arch
Pont du Gard
The Pont du Gard is a three-level stone aqueduct crossing the Gardon river valley, about 25 km west of Avignon. Built over 2000 years ago, in 19 BC, by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, the son-in-law of Augustus.
UNESCO site: Roman Aqueduct