Eglise Saint Jean, Najac, southern France
Bourges Cathedral, central France
Laon Cathedral, northern France
You simply cannot go past the Laon cathedral, from the 12th century, which ranks up with Notre Dame in terms of France's top examples of Gothic architecture.
Notre-Dame de Chartres, north central France
Some say the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Chartres is even better than its tourist-packed namesake in the capital. Yes, the Chartres Cathedral is often cited as one of the best examples of French Gothic architecture, and is a Unesco World Heritage Site to boot.
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Mont Saint-Michel Abbey, north west France
Not strictly a church but too visually arresting to leave off a list dedicated to religious buildings, the abbey at Mont Saint Michel in Normandy is a must-visit if you are in north western France.
Notre-Dame de Reims, northeastern France
The Roman Catholic church in Reims is one of France's most recognisable churches so no wonder it's a hit with the tourists with one million of them visiting every year.
Albi Cathedral, southern France
Designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 2010, Albi Cathedral is said by some to be the largest brick building in the world.
Rouen Cathedral, northern France
Another Gothic stunner in the shape of Rouen Cathedral in northern France, which has the tallest church spire in the country.
The church is home to remains of the English king, Richard the Lionheart who ruled from 1189 to 1199.
Le Mans Cathedral, central France
As the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Nice was opened in 1912 with funds from Russia's Tsar Nicholas II.
Strasbourg Cathedral and the Grande Île area, northeastern France
The Grande Île area is a real attraction. Surrounded by two forks of the River Ill in Strasbourg and home to the magnificent Stransbourg Cathedral, it is also the location of four ancient churches and a palace all in one little district.
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