FRANCE'S MOST BEAUTIFUL
It is true that the United States is just over 200 years old, so we can't claim that we have any cool castles or a history quite like France or Spain or some of those beautiful European countries. But, once in a while, it is fun to look at some of those beautiful Medieval cities and see how beautiful they still are. Perhaps if we had the chance to take our camera there, would we take the same pictures? Would we find something new to take? What memories would we find? The people of America, or the United States have forefathers that came from these countries. It is so interesting for us to look at some of these medieval towns and see the history there. We know that somewhere in the back of our minds, we have relatives that probably came from places like this. So, with that said, I was able to come across this beautiful gallery of what some photographer has claimed to be the most beautiful medieval cities in France. I hope you enjoy this. I had a good time putting this together and reading about it.
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Literally carved into the side of a cliff, this medieval village in the Midi-Pyrénées is straight out of a fairytale. Its stone houses offer a remarkable view over the limestone valley of Causse and the river Alzou below.
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Carcassonne is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Its fortified citadel is a masterpiece in medieval architecture and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. The walled city sits high above the river Aude, boasting 3km (1.86 miles) of defensive external walls and winding medieval streets to explore.
Saorge, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
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Stretching up the side of its surrounding hills, Saorge overlooks the river Roya from its labyrinthine alleyways and crowded houses. Centuries later, the city still retains its beautiful medieval architecture.
Photo by: Alexandre Arocas
This small town, with its medieval walls and Romantic church, was founded in 1090. Nestled in the hills that separate France from Spain, Villefranche-de-Conflent has long been considered part of Catalonia and its streets hold a rich history associated with the region.
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A short train ride from Paris' gare de l'Est, the town of Provins is both a UNESCO site and a recognized French Town of Art and History. The town is famous for its medieval fairs and its perfectly preserved architecture.
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Just 25km (15.53 miles) from Albi, the town famous for its red hues, the village of Cordes-Sur-Ciel charms visitors with its fantastic hilltop views and gothic architecture. It is without doubt one of the greatest treasures of the Midi-Pyrénées region.
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The feudal castle of Pierrefonds, just one hour from the French capital is an impressive medieval fortress. Many directors have chosen the castle as a filming location for its fairy-tale aspect.
Mont St-Michel, Normandy/Brittany
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The beauty of this place is so legendary, that two French regions are still fighting over who it belongs to. Sat on the border between Normandy and Brittany, the Mont St-Michel is a small fortified village dominated by a medieval abbey that sits at the summit of a 92-metre mountain. For several hours a day, as the spring tides rush in, the Mont is transformed into an island, making for one of the most beautiful views in the world.
Saint Guilhem, Languedoc-Roussillon
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Around 40km (24.85 miles) west of Montpellier, you'll find the stunning medieval village of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert. Its fame is due, in part, to the abbey of St Guilhem which is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It also lies along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route.
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This village in the department of Aveyron is home to a beautiful medieval old town, transporting visitors back in time. Its 13th-century castle and gothic bridge over the river Lot, by which you enter the village, make for a picturesque town surrounded by green mountains.
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