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List of the 30 most visited places in France in 2015

August 23rd, 2016: List of the most visited places in France in 2015
Information source: French Ministry of Tourism
Author: Marc Laurenceau

The Ministry of Tourism has published the list of the 30 most visited tourist sites in 2015 in France. The US military cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer is particularly distinguished from the list.

In the category of cultural sites, the American military cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer rose to eighth place, in front of the Arc de Triomphe and the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel. It is one of the few free sites on the charts.

Awards 2015 (total entries):

1. Museum of the Louvre (Paris) – Number of visitors: 9,134,612
2. Castle of Versailles (Versailles) – Number of visitors: 7,700,000
3. Tour Eiffel (Paris) – Number of visitors: 7,097,302
4. National Museum of Natural History (Paris) – Number of visitors: 3,618,936
5. Musée d’Orsay (Paris) – Number of visitors: 3,480,609
6. Center Pompidou (Paris) – Number of visitors: 3,450,000
7. Universcience (Paris) – Number of visitors: 3,259,000

8. American Cemetery of Omaha (Colleville-sur-Mer) – Number of visitors: 2,126,940

9. National Galleries of the Grand Palais (Paris) – Number of visitors: 1,855,346
10. Arc de Triomphe (Paris) – Number of visitors: 1,751,046
11. Museum of the Army (Paris) – Number of visitors: 1,525,030
12. Musée du quai Branly (Paris) – Number of visitors: 1,495,817
13. Castle and Museum of the Dukes of Brittany (Nantes) – Number of visitors: 1,448,212
14. Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey (Mont-Saint-Michel) – Number of visitors: 1,223,257
15. Tour Montparnasse (Paris) – Number of visitors: 1,168,543
16. Sainte-Chapelle (Paris) – Number of visitors: 1,067,206
17. Petit Palais (Paris) – Number of visitors: 996,469
18. Château de Chenonceau (Chenonceau) – Number of visitors: 850,000
19. Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene of Vézelay (Vézelay) – Number of visitors: 848,956
20. Musée de l’Orangerie (Paris) – Number of visitors: 800,000
21. Château de Chambord (Chambord) – Number of visitors: 769,220
22. Palais de Tokyo (Paris) – Number of visitors: 756,000
23. Musée Grévin (Paris) – Number of visitors: 724,833
24. Musée Rodin (Paris) – Number of visitors: 687,257
25. Panthéon (Paris) – Number of visitors: 669,331
26. Cathedrale Sainte-Cécile (Albi) – Number of visitors: not detailed
27. Musée du Mucem (Marseille) – Number of visitors: 649,615
28. Claude Monet Museum (Giverny) – Number of visitors: 626,882
29. Palais des Papes (Avignon) – Number of visitors: 611,836
30. Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris (Paris) – Number of visitors: 588,725

The Colleville-sur-Mer American military cemetery is the second French site visited outside Paris, but especially the first outside the Île-de-France region. In 2012, the American cemetery was ranked tenth in the ranking, with 1,413,516 visitors. This cultural and highly symbolic place, located in the heart of the landing beaches (overlooking the notorious beach known as Omaha Beach) and the historical area of ​​the Battle of Normandy, is a more than 50% increase in the number of visitors between 2012 and 2015. This evolution can be explained in particular by the continuity of the effect “70th anniversary of the Normandy landing” in 2014.

The impact of social movements, terrorist attacks and the introduction of a state of emergency in France between the end of 2015 and 2016 has already been manifested in this region. They are expressed in particular by a decrease in the number of bookings in the various accommodation centers in Normandy, in particular concerning American tourists accustomed to the traditional triptych Paris / Mont-Saint-Michel / Beaches of Normandy landing.

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