Running Head: CULTURAL TOURISM INTEPRETATION 1 1 Cultural tourism interpretation Name Institution Professor Course Date
CULTURAL TOURISM INTEPRETATION 2 Description of the case study Introduction France is an internationally recognized tourism destination. It leads in the world’s field of tourism. France is one of the oldest nations in the globe. It is a product of principalities and duchies alliance in the middle ages. Culturally and historically it has played significant roles in the western world having colonies in different parts of the globe. France is located in Western Europe with an area of 547,030sq km. It hosts varieties of tourist attraction sites. Its cities such as Paris, Strasbourg, and Lyon have a cultural interest. France has ski resorts, parks, Alpine Mountains, beaches, spectacular gardens, picturesque villages and more (Moscardo, 2017). It has a rich culture with wines and foods celebrated in the world. Categories of tangible and intangible cultural heritage that exist in the destination Various categories of tangible cultural heritage in France include buildings, monuments, objects, places, and artifacts. One of the monuments in France which attract tourists is The Mont- Saint-Michel. It is surrounded by bastions and walls and parched on rocks (Carr, 2018). It is medieval architecture and a pilgrimage destination. There is also Arles Roman and Romanesque Monuments which are mainly known for their superb amphitheater.An example of a place is like the banks of River Seine which is lined with louvers museum, the city hall and Grand Palais. The Louvre museum is the largest in the world and receives 8.5 visitors annually. It has famous exhibits such as Venus de Milo, Mona Lisa, and houses collections that span history.
CULTURAL TOURISM INTEPRETATION 3 Buildings include Chartres Cathedral which is an enduring landmark in religious and medieval history. It has stained glass windows that create an ethereal effect by filtering colorful light. The windows reveal craftsmanship to depict stories in the bible. There is also the Loire Valley. It has medieval fortresses surrounded by ramparts and build on hilltops (Munjeri, 2014). The sumptuous Renaissance castle was built for entertainment and enjoyment. There is also an art museum called Musee d’Orsay. It is very popular because it houses the largest collection of post-impressionist and impressionist paintings in the world. It is also dedicated to other works like sculptures, furniture, and photography dating the 19th century. There is the palace of Versailles which served as a royal court. Tourists come to see the main palace, gardens and catch evening opera. It was designed for the glory of the French monarchy. It has decorative pools, charming fountains and trimmed shrubbery. The Eiffel tower is also another tangible cultural heritage. It is among the most iconic symbols in the world and attracts visitors. There is also Port of the moon. Thecategoriesoftheintangibleculturalheritageincludeoraltraditions,habits, expressions, traditional skills, designs, dance, crafts, stories, medicines and foods (Vecco, 2017). The communities in France engage in crafts such as weaving to prepare Aubusson tapestry. They use methods developed a long time to make decorative wall hangings, rugs and furniture. The process is time-consuming hence they sell the products to tourists at high costs. Oral traditions are music, songs, and dances such as Maloya. It was dedicated as a means of worshipping ancestors but today is used to protest against slavery. Habits include having annual events to raise funds to the poor. During the event, tourists are attracted by the musical troupes, dances, carnival ball and children’s ball. They made foods such as gastronomic meals which compile of
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