Starting in the Middle Ages, it evolved through kingdom, empire and eventually, into a republic. So, it comes as no surprise that its history is shaped by revolution, conflict and conquest. Cultural influences as diverse as English, Scandinavian, Roman and Celtic are woven into the country's rich heritage. Culturally and historically among the most important nations in the Western world, France has played such an important role in the development of the European Civilization.
Today, the country is considered one of the major powers in the world, with strong political, military, economic and cultural influence in Europe and around the world. With around 40,000 officially classified historic monuments marking the rich history of France, the country has one of the densest concentrations of historic monuments and buildings in the world.
From Roman-era ruins to post-World War II memorials, these breathtaking sights in France are keys to understanding the country’s rich and complicated past. So, if you are a history buff, a visit to France is a must.