France Miniature is a miniature park in Élancourt (near Versailles), France featuring replicas on a 1/30 scale of 116 historical monuments in an outdoor 12 acre park (5 ha). Visiting this park is fun and a great way for children and adults to discover and learn about France's history, regions and landscapes. A fantastic experience! Starting with the South-Eastern region, here is the famous seaside village of St Tropez, sitting by the lovely blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. This medieval town is extremely popular with its line of yachts along the quai, its cafés, picturesque buildings and movie stars, and is best known for Brigitte Bardot, who 'discovered' it in the 50s.
Further west in Camargue, is Arles, with its 2000 year old Roman amphitheatre. Dating back from 90 AD, this stadium was capable of seating over 20,000 spectators, and was built to provide entertainment in the form of chariot races and bloody hand-to-hand battles. Today, it draws large crowds for bullfighting as well as plays and concerts in summer.
Notre-Dame de Lourdes Basilica, where miracles have happened since the apparition of the Virgin to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. It is the largest Catholic pilgrimage destination in the world and one of the most popular Catholic shrines in the world.
The Castel of Val is one of the best preserved and most remarkable castles in the « Haute-Auvergne ». This imposing fortress is flanked by six, machicolated towers with pepper-pot turrets, the different roofs of which give VAL an original combination of colours. It was built in 1440 on an island in an artificial lake.
Chateau de Val
The Cité de Carcassonne is the largest fortified city in Europe. Founded in the Gallo-Roman period, it derives its reputation from double surrounding walls (3 km in length) with 52 towers and only 2 gates!The town has about 2,500 years of history: it has seen the Romans, Visigoths, Saracens and Crusaders.
The impressive royal castles of the Loire Valley are also represented. Chambord is the largest château in the Loire Valley; it was built to serve as a hunting lodge for King François I, who maintained his royal residences at Château de Blois and Château d'Amboise. Its construction took 20 years (1519–1547).
Equally famous is Chenonceau, « Château des Dames » (château for ladies), built from 1513 to 1521. King Henry II offered the château as a gift to his mistress, Diane de Poitiers, who became fervently attached to the château and commissioned Philibert de l'Orme in 1555 to build the arched bridge joining the château to its opposite bank. However, after King Henry II died in 1559, his widow and regent Catherine de Medici forced Diane to exchange it for the Château Chaumont. Queen Catherine then made Chenonceau her own favorite residence, adding a new series of gardens.
Paris is obviously well represented in this miniature France and all its famous sights are beautifully represented in the park.
Arc de Triomphe
Basilique du Sacre Coeur
Notre Dame de Paris
A really fun place, in which to enjoy some fresh air and discover the amazing geography and landmarks of the "pays des Gaulois", France.