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The 10 most-visited places in France on Google Street View

While the Eiffel Tower tops the list (and is the third-most visited monument in the world), a rather more surprising beach sculpture came in second

Close up view of Eiffel Tower from below

The Eiffel Tower topped the list but a rather more surprising monument came in second place in France Pic: Maria Kazakova1 / Shutterstock

The Eiffel Tower has topped the list as the most-visited place in France on Google Street View, but rather more surprising is the site in second place: the Serpent d’Océan sculpture in Loire-Atlantique.

The ranking was unveiled on May 24 to celebrate Google Street View’s 15-year anniversary. 

France was the 9th most-visited place globally and Paris the 9th-most visited city.

And while Paris’ famous monument unsurprisingly took the country’s top spot as the most-visited monument in France – and the third-most visited globally – the Serpent d’Océan sculpture came in second place. 

The sculpture is a 130-metre-long artistic structure by Chinese sculptor Huang Yong Ping. It is made of aluminium and 135 ‘vertebrae’, which are fixed onto the sand on the Saint-Brevin-les-Pins beach in Loire-Atlantique.

Photos of the area and sculpture uploaded by a user effectively offer viewers a virtual tour of the sculpture, which appears particularly impressive from above.

Google told AFP that it was not sure why this particular site had seen such success among users.

The full ranking in France is: 

  1. Eiffel Tower

  2. Serpent d’Océan 

  3. Louvre Museum

  4. Arc de Triomphe

  5. Disneyland Paris

  6. Parc des Princes

  7. Sacré-Cœur

  8. Notre-Dame-de-Paris

  9. Château de Versailles

  10. Panthéon

Worldwide, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa – the highest skyscraper in the world – is the most-viewed monument, while the Eiffel Tower came in second, and the Taj Mahal in India came in third.

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