French History: Introduction
The Fleur de Lys,
the royal emblem
History can be relived all throughout France. Prehistoric paintings decorate the walls of caves in the Southwest, whereas the Southeast is filled with bridges, acqueducts and amphitheaters built by the Romans over 2,000 years ago. The soaring spires of the great cathedrals are expressions of the religious faith that dominated the Middle Ages.
Symbols of the Republic
Royal grandeur and merchant wealth produced the Louvre and the immense châ€šteau of Versailles, the Loire Valley castles and the neo-classic mansions. Even imprints of wars can be found in crenelated towers, stalwart ramparts and magnificient mountaintop fortresses.
Browse the following pages to get a feeling of “L’Histoire de France” .