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Discover 49 places tagged “Architectural Oddities” in France
Falling Car of Bordeaux
This Bordeaux parking garage has 712 indoor spaces, and one outdoor.
Added by etiennebara
Church of the Jacobins' Little Crushed Man
There is a strange little carving of a person seemingly crushed by a pillar behind the remains of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Added by nopizzanocry
Gustave Eiffel's Secret Apartment
High atop the Eiffel Tower is a small apartment built exclusively to entertain the science elite and make the rest of Paris jealous.
Added by EricGrundhauser
An "inside out" building in the historical center of Paris, featuring Europe’s largest modern art museum.
Added by lewblank
One architect's organic, human-centric design has been fully realized in this alien art house.
Added by Blake
Despite centuries of architectural innovation, this French castle is being built like it's the 13th century
Added by jlanam
Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations
This modern museum of Mediterranean culture is surrounded by a surreal concrete honeycomb
Added by marieg
Unite d'Habitation and the Radiant City
What if all public housing projects had been designed by "the Pygmalion of modern architecture," not only their prototype?
Added by dusanmil89
Familistère de Guise
This "social palace" housing complex created a relatively stable and self-contained worker's society... for a time
Added by philoursmars
Immortalized by artists, this church incorporates a medieval lighthouse into its shoreside structure
Added by Allison
Suspended Houses of Pont-en-Royans
Quaint French houses dangle precariously over a precipice
Added by tracydane
A French library that makes sure its love of books is writ large... giant in fact
Added by duncanchappell
Basilica of St. Pius X
Beneath the city of Lourdes, France is a massive, concrete church
Added by Brittmark
The Relics of St. Genevieve at St-Etienne-du-Mont
The remaining relics of the patroness of Paris lie in a chapel under a striking double spiral staircase.
Added by CadaverFormosus
A 14th century bridge built as a fortress, where the devil lurks on one of its towers
Added by Allison
The Grotesques of the Chapel of Bethlehem
Do these monsters look familiar? The gargoyles on this church are all from pop culture
Added by Laetitia Barbier
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