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Ten French Unesco sites you won't have heard of

Joshua Melvin · 6 Jul 2015, 09:52

Published: 06 Jul 2015 09:52 GMT+02:00
Updated: 06 Jul 2015 09:52 GMT+02:00

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France is celebrating having two new additions to its growing list of Unesco World Heritage sites.

The historic vineyards and wine cellars of the Champagne region, where the world's most famous sparkling wines are produced, as well as Burgundy vineyards were listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO on Saturday.

The two new additions brings the total of French heritage sites up to 41, still three behind Spain (44) and 10 behind Italy (51).

After taking a look at the Unesco-protected places France already has, we realized many of them might be unfamiliar to those with a casual interest in history.

Sure everybody’s at least heard of Mont Saint-Michel, the Palace of Versailles and the banks of the River Seine in Paris. But what about the prehistoric pile dwellings in the Alps? We didn’t think so.

So here are ten sites, that for most of France's 83 million annual tourists will be well off the beaten track. How many have you visited or even heard of?

Top ten Unesco sites in France you won't have heard of

SEE ALSO: French Unesco sites you have to see before they sink

Click here to see a full list of France's 39 Unesco World Heritage sites.

Joshua Melvin (joshua.melvin@thelocal.com)

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