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  • 1 Musée Nissim de Camondo Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    63 r. de Monceau F - 75008 Paris

    This mansion, built from 1911-14 to house the collection of 18C art belonging to Count Moïse de Camondo, has an atmosphere that evokes both the Classical era and the Belle Époque. Exhibits include work by some of the best cabinet-makers on the Faubou..

  • 2 Château de Breteuil and Park Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Choisel F - 78460 Chevreuse

    Sited in the Chevreuse Valley, Breteuil (begun in 1580 and enlarged during the 18C-19C) is among the most interesting and charming castles in the Île-de-France. Its story is that of a family whose ancestors were key participants in France's history. ..

  • 3 Château de Courances Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    13 r. du Château F - 91490 Courances

    Built around 1630, this typical Louis XIII château was remodelled in the 18C. The façade was embellished in the 19C with a replica of the Fontainebleau horseshoe staircase. Courances is primarily known for its park, one of the finest examples of a Re..

  • 4 The East of the Avesnois Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 59550 Maroilles

    South of Maubeuge there extends an undulating landscape of bocages, alternating prairies, ponds and orchards. The Helpe-Majeure and Helpe-Mineure Rivers wind their way through the meadows, irrigating the slate-roofed villages. The abbeys of Maroilles..

  • 5 Musée du Textile et de la Vie Sociale Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Place Maria Blondeau F - 59612 Fourmies

    This former spinning mill has an interesting collection of functioning looms from the 19C to the present day, as well as other period machinery. Beyond a room devoted to the tragedy of 1 May 1891, when gendarmes fired upon striking workers, the great..

  • 6 Cathédrale Notre-Dame Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 60400 Noyon

    This imposing cathedral is one of the foremost large Gothic churches in France. Building work commenced on the choir in 1145 and ended with the construction of the façade in 1235. The interior is remarkable for the harmonious proportions of the choir..

  • 7 Abbaye de Chaalis Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 60300 Fontaine-Chaalis

    For a long time, the Chaalis estate retained a sense of monastic contemplation tinged with romanticism thanks to its royal abbey. Up until 1912, it inspired an enthusiasm in its owners that led to their acquisition of a quite remarkable art collectio..

  • 8 Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    135 quai du Commerce F - 62100 Calais

    The buildings of the Boulart factory - which housed 80 tulle and lace looms until the beginning of the 20C - have been extended by an astonishing steel and glass structure, designed by the architects Moatti and Rivière, where you will see screen prin..

  • 9 Vallée de la Canche Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 62170 Montreuil

    The little sister of the Authie River, the Canche is a slow-flowing river whose waters run into a marsh. In this untamed setting, the green valley broadens out into gentle slopes scattered with elongated houses with whitewashed walls. Between Touquet..

  • 10 Valloires Abbey and Gardens Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 80120 Argoules

    Nestled in the Vallée de l'Authie, the Abbaye de Valloires stands in a site of outstanding beauty, in accordance with Cistercian tradition. You can admire the oak wood panelling in the sacristy, in the Louis XVI rocaille style, and the Baroque church..

  • 11 Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 pl. du Trocadéro-et-du-11-Novembre F - 75016 Paris

    In the Paris Wing of the Palais de Chaillot, this centre for architecture and heritage brings together three departments: the Institut Français d'Architecture, created in 1981, the Centre des Hautes Etudes de Chaillot and the Museum of French Monumen..

  • 12 Musée Louvre-Lens Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    99 r. Paul-Bert F - 62300 Lens

    The museum and grounds are located on over 20 hectares of land. 250 paintings hung chronologically, which read like a history of art, are the highlight of the exhibition. Opening scheduled for 2012.

  • 13 Notre-Dame Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. du Parvis-Gautier-de-Mortagne F - 02000 Laon

    Begun in the second half of the 12C and finished around 1230, this is one of the oldest Gothic cathedrals in France. The facade is one of the most beautiful (its towers demonstrate the pride of the presumed Architect Villard de Honnecourt), while the..

  • 14 Ancienne abbaye de St-Jean-des-Vignes Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. St-Jean F - 02200 Soissons

    Two dramatic clock towers, extremely elegant and with a lovely 13C facade, are all that remain: the church was demolished in 1805 to restore the cathedral! Happily the abbey buildings are still standing: a beautiful refectory with seven fine columns ..

  • 15 Cathédrale St-Gervais-et-St-Protais Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. Mantoue F - 02200 Soissons

    The purity of its lines and the simplicity of its design make this one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic art. Inside, the cathedral is totally symmetrical, and no extraneous detail breaks the harmony of this vast vault; the south arm of the tr..

  • 16 Lille Métropole Musée d'Art Moderne, Brut, Contemporain Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 allée du Musée F - 59650 Villeneuve-d'Ascq

    Extended and modernised, the former Musée d'Art Moderne Lille Métropole now has a new name and twice its original exhibition space. The collection of raw art is now on permanent display, and the Dominique Bozo library, dedicated to modern, contempora..

  • 17 Port Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Citadelle F - 59140 Dunkerque

    Visitors can take a boat trip around the Port-Est (east port) from the bassin du Commerce, taking in the tug base, workshops, locks, textile warehouses, sugar terminal, refinery and oil wharfs and the power station, etc. If you are on foot, visit the..

  • 18 Old Stock Exchange Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Gén.-de-Gaulle F - 59800 Lille

    This was built in 1652-1653 by Julien Destrée at the request of the Lille businessmen who wanted a Stock Exchange to rival that of Holland. It's made out of 24 dormer windowed houses set out around a rectangular courtyard which acted as a centre for ..

  • 19 Lewarde Mining Heritage Centre Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    r. d'Erchin F - 59287 Lewarde

    The Delloye Colliery produced up to 1 000t of coal per day between 1930 and 1971. It now houses the Lewarde Mining Heritage Centre, the largest mining museum in France. Visitors are shown around by ex-miners, who take them down (helmets on) shaft no...

  • 20 Musée Matisse Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    11 pl. du Cdt-Édouard-Richez - Palais-Fénélon F - 59360 Le Cateau-Cambrésis

    The museum has, since 1982, been housed in the 18C former palace of the archbishops of Cambrai, surrounded by a splendid park. The building reopened at the end of 2002, following three years of restoration work conducted by Laurent and Emmanuelle Bea..

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