Over the centuries, the major French cities have acquired an iconic image. From the North to the South, exceptional buildings have left their imprint on urban landscapes, while innovating and overcoming architectural challenges and making the impossible possible.
Discover the most beautiful buildings of six cities across France: Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, and Strasbourg. From the Belfry of the Lille Town Hall that’s heavier than the Eiffel Tower to the extravagance and airiness of Negresco Hotel in Nice, witness mankind’s ability to defy architectural constraints. How did they raise the statue of the Virgin and Child to the top of Notre-Dame de la Garde in Marseille? How did the Strasbourg Cathedral manage to defy gravity to raise its spire twice as high as Notre-Dame de Paris?
Thanks to experts on cultural heritage, computer-generated reconstructions, and aerial footage, these timeless symbols finally reveal the little-known stories of their construction highlighting scientific and technical progress. The stones of the country’s most beautiful buildings offer a new reading of its entire history.