Attractions in France

Centre Des Monuments Nacionaux

Your partner for cultural trips in French.

Headed by Isabelle Lemesle, the Centre des Monuments Nationaux is a public administration run by the Ministry for Culture and Communication. It conserves, restores, and manages nearly 100 national monuments belonging to the State, staffing their sites and opening them to the public.

Among the monuments for which it is responsible are the abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, the château d’Angers and château d’Azay-le-Rideau, the château and ramparts of the city of Carcassonne, the Arc de triomphe and the Sainte-Chapelle. All the abbeys, châteaux, prehistoric caves, archaeological sites, and so on are examples of the diversity and wealth of the heritage of France throughout the ages.

Nearly 9 million people visit the monuments for which it is responsible every year.

The Centre des Monuments Nationaux has a staff of 1300 employees working for the public. Its total annual budget for 2010 is 120 million Euros, mostly derived from its own resources (ticket fees, renting out venues, income from stores and from the sale of Éditions du patrimoine publications, donors), but it also receives a subsidy from the Ministry of Culture and Communication, over three-quarters of which is for upkeep and restoration, as part of the Centre’s new capacity as managing authority.

A network of 81 monuments open to the public

Check out the list of monuments represented browsing the site

Abadia do Mont-Saint-Michel Abadia do Thoronet
Arco Do Triunfo Carcassonne - Castelo e muralhas
Castelo de Angers Castelo de Azay-Le-Rideau
Castelo de If Conciergerie
Panteao Saint Denis: Basilica Catedral
Santa Capela Sitio arqueológico de Glanum


A privileged partner

The center of national monuments is the privileged partner of all tourism professionals.

The sights and monuments managed by the Centre national monuments are mostly open 360 days of the year. The national monuments are closed only on the first day of January, 1st May, 1st and November 11th and December 25th.

For tourism professionals
  • We offer advance ticket sales for groups and individuals with special rates for each case;
  • Privilege visits for groups that take place before the official opening or after closing, around a breakfast or a glass of champagne;
  • Rental of rooms and monuments to corporate or social events or scenarios feature films and television.

For details of our services and begin to include visits to outstanding monuments of its programs, visit now our sales manual at this link.

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