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Cathedral Notre-Dame of Rouen: 151 meters. Like most Norman Gothic buildings, the cathedral has a lantern tower on the crossing of the transept. The wooden arrow covered with lead that was crowned was destroyed by a fire in 1822. It was rebuilt and inaugurated in 1876. The cathedral is the highest in France and from 1876, it was also the highest in the world but it was dethroned in 1880 by the cathedral of Cologne which measures 157 meters. It remains however the second highest cathedral of the world.
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Notre-Dame Cathedral of Strasbourg: 141 meters. "Prodigy of the gigantic and delicate" in the words of Victor Hugo, Strasbourg Cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic art. The arrow, 141 meters high, is surprisingly light. Do not miss it inside: The astronomical clock of the Renaissance period and whose mechanism dates from 1842.
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Notre-Dame Cathedral of Chartres: 115 meters. The Cathedral of Chartres is the first French monument inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1979. It is the best preserved Gothic cathedral in France with its sculptures, stained glass and pavements, for the most of origin. Anecdote to remember: King Henry IV was sacred in this cathedral and not in Reims, as will his successors.
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330/5000 Basilica of Saint-Michel of Bordeaux: 114 meters. The peculiarity of the basilica is that it has an independent bell tower of the sanctuary. The spire that surmounted it was built between 1861 and 1869. Since 1998, the basilica has been inscribed on the World Heritage of UNESCO under the paths of Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle.
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Orleans Sainte-Croix Cathedral: 114 meters. Begun in the Gothic period, the cathedral has had a tumultuous history because 5 buildings have succeeded one another and it will not be inaugurated until 1829. Its current form, due to the restoration of Henri IV and his successors, in fact the most famous example of the persistence of flamboyant Gothic art. Inside the cathedral a chapel is dedicated to Saint Joan of Arc, heroine of the issue of Orleans May 8, 1429. This date is celebrated every year since 1430.
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Cathedral Notre-Dame of Amiens: 112 meters. The cathedral is typical of classical Gothic architecture. It has lost most of its original stained glass windows but remains famous for the quality of the 12th century sculptures adorning the facade. It also has a set of exceptional stalls flamboyant style: the largest set of cabinetry of the Gothic period. It was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1981.
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Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption Cathedral, Clermont-Ferrand: 108 meters. The building site of Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption Cathedral begins in the middle of the 13th century. It took seven centuries to complete it, with long interruptions of construction. It is Violet-le-Duc who finishes it in the nineteenth century. Its particularity: the use of the lava stone that gives it this particular aspect.
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St. Joseph, Le Havre: 107 meters. Memorial to the victims of the bombings, the building is exceptional by its tower-lantern. The stained glass windows, designed by Marguerite Huré, project a soft light inside the building. Begun in 1951, the work was completed in 1957 after the death of Auguste Perret by architects of his studio. © Shutterstock
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The Saint-Louis des Invalides church: 107 meters. The dome, built by the architect Hardouin-Mansart between 1670 and 1679 was built under the impetus of King Louis XIV to accommodate the wounded soldiers of his army. His particuliarity ? Two churches in one: the construction begins with the construction of the "soldiers' church" for the daily worship of the residents and then begins the construction of the great royal church, called "Church of the Dome". The two "churches" are separated by a central high altar. The Dôme des Invalides now houses the tomb of Napoleon I. © Shutterstock
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Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-l'Immaculée-Conception, Boulogne-sur-Mer: 101 meters. The Notre-Dame basilica was built between 1827 and 1866 by the abbot Haffreingue, on the ruins of the old cathedral, destroyed shortly after the Revolution. This colossal ensemble is inspired by several great monuments such as St. Paul of London, St. Peter of Rome or the Pantheon. Not to be missed inside, the high altar of the Torlonia princes, masterpiece of the Italian mosaic of the nineteenth century. © Shutterstock