Centre des monuments nationaux

Hôtel de Sully, rue Saint-Antoine, Paris, headquarters of the Centre des monuments nationaux

The Centre des monuments nationaux (CMN, English: National monuments centre) is a French government body (Établissement public à caractère administratif) which conserves, restores, and manages historic buildings and sites which are the property of the French state. It is run by the Ministry for Culture and Communication.

The CMN is responsible for the upkeep of around 85 monuments, ranging from the prehistoric megaliths at Carnac, medieval fortifications such as the towers at La Rochelle, and Renaissance châteaux such as Azay-le-Rideau, to Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye. The CMN is also responsible for making these monuments accessible to the public, and promoting understanding of the heritage they represent through publishing books and guides, under the imprint Éditions du patrimoine. During 2008, the CNM sites had a total of nearly 8.5 million visitors.[1]

The CMN had an annual budget of 120 million for 2009, which was mainly derived from its own sales, as well as from donations and a subsidy from the Ministry of Culture and Communication. The organisation is based at the Hôtel de Sully in Paris.[1]

List of monuments

Monument name Type Location Department Region
Aigues-Mortes city walls Fortifications Aigues-Mortes Gard Languedoc-Roussillon
Amiens Cathedral, towers Cathedral Amiens Somme Picardy
Château d'Angers Château Angers Maine-et-Loire Pays de la Loire
Arc de Triomphe Triumphal arch Paris Paris Île-de-France
Château d'Assier Château Assier Lot Midi-Pyrénées
Château d'Aulteribe Château Sermentizon Puy-de-Dôme Auvergne
Château d'Azay-le-Rideau Château Azay-le-Rideau Indre-et-Loire Centre
Barnenez Neolithic cairn Plouezoc'h Finistère Brittany
Beaulieu-en-Rouergue Abbey Monastery Ginals Tarn-et-Garonne Midi-Pyrénées
Bec Abbey Monastery Le Bec Hellouin Eure Upper Normandy
Besançon Cathedral and astronomical clock Cathedral Besançon Doubs Franche-Comté
Hôtel de Béthune-Sully House Paris Paris Île-de-France
Château de Bouges Château Bouges-le-Château Indre Centre
Palais Jacques Coeur Palace Bourges Cher Centre
Bourges Cathedral, tower and crypt Cathedral Bourges Cher Centre
Brou Monastery Monastery Bourg-en-Bresse Ain Rhône-Alpes
Château de Bussy-Rabutin Château Bussy-le-Grand Côte-d'Or Burgundy
Château de Cadillac Château Cadillac Gironde Aquitaine
Carcassonne, citadel and castle Fortifications Carcassonne Aude Languedoc-Roussillon
Carnac stones Megalithic site Carnac Morbihan Brittany
Château de Carrouges Château Carrouges Orne Lower Normandy
Château de Castelnau-Bretenoux Château Prudhomat Lot Midi-Pyrénées
Château de Champs-sur-Marne Château Champs-sur-Marne Seine-et-Marne Île-de-France
Chapelle Expiatoire Church Paris Paris Île-de-France
Château de Chareil-Cintrat Château Chareil-Cintrat Allier Auvergne
Charroux Abbey Monastery Charroux Vienne Poitou-Charentes
Chartres Cathedral, towers and treasure house Cathedral Chartres Eure-et-Loir Centre
Château de Châteaudun Château Châteaudun Eure-et-Loir Centre
Cluny Abbey Monastery Cluny Saône-et-Loire Burgundy
Conciergerie Palace Paris Paris Île-de-France
Château de Coucy Château Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique Aisne Picardy
Oppidum d'Ensérune Gallo-Roman site Nissan-lez-Enserune Hérault Languedoc-Roussillon
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac
(various sites including caves at Font-de-Gaume and Teyjat)
Neolithic sites Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil Dordogne Aquitaine
Château de Voltaire Château Ferney-Voltaire Ain Rhône-Alpes
Fontevraud Abbey Monastery Chinon Maine-et-Loire Pays de la Loire
Château de Fougères-sur-Bièvre Château Fougères-sur-Bièvre Loir-et-Cher Centre
Fréjus Cathedral, cloister Cathedral Fréjus Var Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Maison de Georges Clemenceau House Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard Vendée Pays de la Loire
Glanum Roman site Saint-Rémy-de-Provence Bouches-du-Rhône Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Château de Gramont Château Gramont Tarn-et-Garonne Midi-Pyrénées
Château d'If Château Marseille Bouches-du-Rhône Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Maison des Jardies House Sèvres Hauts-de-Seine Île-de-France
Domaine national de Jossigny Château Jossigny Seine-et-Marne Île-de-France
Château de La Motte-Tilly Château La Motte-Tilly Aube Champagne-Ardenne
Towers of La Rochelle Fortifications La Rochelle Charente-Maritime Poitou-Charentes
Sauve-Majeure Abbey Monastery La Sauve Gironde Aquitaine
Trophy of Augustus Roman site La Turbie Alpes-Maritimes Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Locmariaquer megaliths Megalithic site Locmariaquer Morbihan Brittany
Château de Maisons Château Maisons-Laffitte Yvelines Île-de-France
Place forte de Mont-Dauphin Fortifications Mont-Dauphin Hautes-Alpes Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey Monastery Mont Saint-Michel Manche Lower Normandy
Château de Montal Château Saint-Jean-Lespinasse Lot Midi-Pyrénées
Montcaret Villa Gallo-Roman site Montcaret Dordogne Aquitaine
Montmajour Abbey Monastery Arles Bouches-du-Rhône Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Montmaurin Villa Gallo-Roman site Montmaurin Haute-Garonne Midi-Pyrénées
Maison de George Sand House Nohant-Vic Indre Centre
Notre-Dame de Paris, towers Cathedral Paris Paris Île-de-France
Château d'Oiron Château Oiron Deux-Sèvres Poitou-Charentes
Pair-non-Pair cave Neolithic site Prignac-et-Marcamps Gironde Aquitaine
Palais-Royal Palace Paris Paris Île-de-France
Panthéon Church Paris Paris Île-de-France
Tour Pey-Berland Tower Bordeaux Gironde Aquitaine
Château de Pierrefonds Château Pierrefonds Oise Picardy
Musée des Plans-Reliefs Museum Paris Paris Île-de-France
Puy-en-Velay Cathedral, cloister Cathedral Le Puy-en-Velay Haute-Loire Auvergne
Château de Puyguilhem Château Villars Dordogne Aquitaine
Château de Rambouillet Château Rambouillet Yvelines Île-de-France
Queen's Dairy and Shell Cottage, Château de Rambouillet Ornamental buildings Rambouillet Yvelines Île-de-France
Palace of Tau Palace Rheims Marne Champagne-Ardenne
Reims Cathedral, towers Cathedral Rheims Marne Champagne-Ardenne
Domaine national de Saint-Cloud Château and park Saint-Cloud Hauts-de-Seine Île-de-France
Basilica of St Denis Cathedral Saint-Denis Seine-Saint-Denis Île-de-France
Sainte-Chapelle Church Paris Paris Île-de-France
Fort de Salses Fortifications Salses-le-Château Pyrénées-Orientales Languedoc-Roussillon
Sanxay Gallo-Roman site Sanxay Vienne Poitou-Charentes
Saorge Monastery Monastery Saorge Alpes-Maritimes Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Château de Talcy Château Talcy Loir-et-Cher Centre
Thoronet Abbey Monastery Draguignan Var Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Tours Cathedral, Cloître de la Psalette Cathedral Tours Indre-et-Loire Centre
Maison d'Ernest Renan House Tréguier Côtes-d'Armor Brittany
Villa Savoye House Poissy Yvelines Île-de-France
Château de Villeneuve-Lembron Château Saint-Germain-Lembron Puy-de-Dôme Auvergne
Fort Saint-André Fortifications Villeneuve-lès-Avignon Gard Languedoc-Roussillon
Château de Vincennes Château Vincennes Val-de-Marne Île-de-France
Column of the Grande Armée Memorial column Wimille Pas-de-Calais Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Vénus de Quinipily Statue Baud Morbihan Brittany


  1. 1 2 "About us - The Centre des monuments nationaux". Centre des monuments nationaux. Archived from the original on June 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-15.

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