List of World Heritage Sites in France

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.[1] France accepted the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage on June 27, 1975, after which it could nominate properties on their territory to be considered for the World Heritage List.[2]

Currently, forty-one properties in France are inscribed on the World Heritage List. Thirty-seven of these are cultural properties, three are natural properties, and one is mixed.[1] Three properties are transboundary properties.[3] The first was added to the list in 1979 and the latest in 2015. Five properties were submitted in 1979.[1] The tentative list of France contains thirty-six properties.[4]

The names in the tables below are the names of the properties as used on the website of UNESCO.[1] There are three different types of properties possible: cultural, natural, and mixed.[5] 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.[6] 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.[1]

Properties on the World Heritage List

Ref # Site Image Region Era Description Type Year listed Exten- sion Ref.
230 Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe Poitou-Charentes 9th century cultural 1983 2007 [7]
165 Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay Burgundy 12th century cultural 1981 2007 [8]
164 Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur from 1st century BC to 4th century; 12th century cultural 1981 - [9]
84 Vézelay, Church and Hill Burgundy 12th century cultural 1979 2007 [10]
943 Belfries of Belgium and France Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Picardy 13th century-20th century transboundary property, shared with Belgium ; Extension of the former Belfries of Flanders and Wallonia cultural 1999 2005 [11]
1256 Bordeaux, Port of the Moon Aquitaine 18th century cultural 2007 - [12]
770 Canal du Midi Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées 17th century cultural 1996 - [13]
162 Amiens Cathedral Picardy 13th century cultural 1981 - [14]
635 Bourges Cathedral Centre 13th century cultural 1992 - [15]
81 Chartres Cathedral Centre 13th century cultural 1979 - [16]
601 Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Remi, and Palace of Tau, Reims Champagne-Ardenne 13th century - 16th century cultural 1991 - [17]
1153 The Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape Midi-Pyrénées, Languedoc-Roussillon cultural 2011 - [18]
228 Historical center of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur 12th century - 16th century Palais des Papes, Episcopal Ensemble and Pont Saint-Bénezet cultural 1995 - [19]
868 Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France Diverse sites (right-of-way and route) cultural 1998 - [20]
1337 Episcopal City of Albi Midi-Pyrénées cultural 2010 - [21]
203 From the Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains to the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, the Production of Open-pan Salt Franche-Comté 18th century cultural 1982 2009 [22]
1283 Fortifications of Vauban Diverse 17th century cultural 2008 - [23]
932 Jurisdiction of Saint-Émilion Aquitaine cultural 1999 - [24]
1181 Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret Upper Normandy 20th century Built from 19451964 by the Atelier de Reconstruction du Havre d'Auguste Perret cultural 2005 - [25]
80 Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay Lower Normandy cultural 1979 2007 [26]
160 Palace and Park of Fontainebleau Île-de-France cultural 1981 - [27]
83 Palace and Park of Versailles Île-de-France cultural 1979 2007 [28]
600 Paris, Banks of the Seine Île-de-France cultural 1991 - [29]
229 Place Stanislas, Place de la Carrière, and Place d'Alliance in Nancy Lorraine 18th century cultural 1983 - [30]
334 Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct) Languedoc-Roussillon 1st century AD cultural 1985 2007 [31]
873 Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs Île-de-France cultural 2001 - [32]
872 Historic site of Lyon Rhône-Alpes cultural 1998 - [33]
1363 Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps Franche-Comté, Rhône-Alpes 5000–500 BCE 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. cultural 2011 - [34]
85 Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley Aquitaine cultural 1979 - [35]
495 StrasbourgGrande Île Alsace cultural 1988 - [36]
163 Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the "Triumphal Arch" of Orange Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur cultural 1981 2007 [37]
933 The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes Centre, Pays de la Loire cultural 2000 - [38]
345 Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne Languedoc-Roussillon cultural 1997 - [39]
258 Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve Corsica N/A natural 1983 - [40]
1115 Lagoons of New Caledonia: Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems New Caledonia N/A Diversity of ecosystems in New Caledonia Barrier Reef natural 2008 - [41]
1317 The Pitons, Cirques and Remparts of Réunion Island Réunion N/A natural 2010 - [42]
773 PyrénéesMont Perdu Midi-Pyrénées N/A transboundary property, shared with Spain mixed 1997 1999 [43]
1360 Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin Nord-Pas de Calais 18th to 20th centuries Remarkable landscape shaped by three centuries of coal extraction. cultural 2012 - [44]
1426 Decorated Cave of Pont d’Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, Ardèche Ardèche 30,000–28,000 BCE Earliest-known and best-preserved figurative drawings in the world. cultural 2014 - [45]
1425 The Climats, terroirs of Burgundy Burgundy Middle Ages–present An outstanding example of grape cultivation and wine production developed since the High Middle Ages. cultural 2015 - [46]
1465 Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars Champagne-Ardenne 17th century–present Sites where the method of producing sparkling wines was developed. cultural 2015 - [47]

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

Location of World Heritage Sites in New Caledonia
Location of World Heritage Sites within Réunion

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 France. UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved on 2014-06-23.
  2. State Parties, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Retrieved on 2011-07-21
  3. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu is shared with Spain; Belfries of Belgium and France is shared with Belgium; and Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps is shared with Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, and Switzerland.
  4. Tentative Lists, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Retrieved on 2014-06-23
  5. France's mixed property, Pyrénées – Mont Perdu, is shared with Spain.
  6. The Criteria, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Retrieved on 2011-07-21
  7. "Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe". UNESCO.
  8. "Abbaye cistercienne de Fontenay". UNESCO.
  9. "Arles, monuments romains et romans". UNESCO.
  10. "Basilique et colline de Vézelay". UNESCO.
  11. "Beffries of Belgium and France". UNESCO.
  12. "Bordeaux, Port de la Lune". UNESCO.
  13. "Canal du Midi". UNESCO.
  14. "Cathédrale d'Amiens". UNESCO.
  15. "Cathédrale de Bourges". UNESCO.
  16. "Cathédrale de Chartres". UNESCO.
  17. "Cathédrale Notre-Dame, ancienne abbaye Saint-Rémi et palais de Tau, Reims". UNESCO.
  18. "The Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape". UNESCO.
  19. "Centre historique d'Avignon". UNESCO.
  20. "Chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle en France". UNESCO.
  21. "Cité épiscopale d'Albi". UNESCO.
  22. "De la grande saline de Salins-les-Bains à la saline royale d'Arc-et-Senans, la production du sel ignigène". UNESCO.
  23. "Fortifications de Vauban". UNESCO.
  24. "Juridiction de Saint-Émilion". UNESCO.
  25. "Le Havre, la ville reconstruite par Auguste Perret". UNESCO.
  26. "Mont-Saint-Michel et sa baie". UNESCO.
  27. "Palais et parc de Fontainebleau". UNESCO.
  28. "Palais et parc de Versailles". UNESCO.
  29. "Paris, rives de la Seine". UNESCO.
  30. "Places Stanislas, de la Carrière et d'Alliance à Nancy". UNESCO.
  31. "Pont du Gard". UNESCO.
  32. "Provins, ville de foire médiévale". UNESCO.
  33. "Site historique de Lyon". UNESCO.
  34. "Et le nombre de sites du Patrimoine de l'Unesco est...". UNESCO.
  35. "Sites préhistoriques et grottes ornées de la vallée de la Vézère". UNESCO.
  36. "Strasbourg – Grande île". UNESCO.
  37. "Théâtre antique et ses abords et " Arc de Triomphe " d'Orange". UNESCO.
  38. "Val de Loire entre Sully-sur-Loire et Chalonnes". UNESCO.
  39. "Ville fortifiée historique de Carcassonne". UNESCO.
  40. "Golfe de Porto". UNESCO.
  41. "Lagons de Nouvelle-Calédonie". UNESCO.
  42. "Pitons, cirques et remparts de l'ile de la Réunion". UNESCO.
  43. "Pyrénées - Mont Perdu". UNESCO.
  44. "Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin". UNESCO.
  45. "Decorated Cave of Pont d'Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet-Pont d'Arc, Ardèche". UNESCO.
  46. World Heritage Committee. "Sites in Denmark, France and Turkey inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List". United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Retrieved 2015-07-20.
  47. World Heritage Committee. "Sites in Denmark, France and Turkey inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List". United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Retrieved 2015-07-20.
  48. A transboundary site with Italy. Replaces “Mercantour / Alpi Marittime” Tentative List property (reference 1650).
  49. "Official Metz's UNESCO application" (PDF) (in French). Retrieved March 2014. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
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