18 February 2022

Centre des Monuments Nationaux

With over 100 national monuments represented, the CMN (Centre des Monuments Nationaux) is the designated institution for the protection and promotion of the French Cultural Heritage...

With over 100 national monuments represented, the CMN (Centre des Monuments Nationaux) is the designated institution for the protection and promotion of the French Cultural Heritage. Thanks to an exclusive agreement, which also guarantees access to the entire collection, Scala Archives is pleased to present the CMN’s photographic archive.

Chateau de Champs-sur-Marne, the balustrade of the balcony of the music room and perspective on the garden, 1895 © CMN / Scala, Florence – CM01042
The mission of the CMN and the publishing house Éditions du Patrimoine

Under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the main mission of the CMN is focused on the public cultural heritage of France and specifically to promote accessibility to it and preserve it against degradation. 

Among the many initiatives, the CMN has also started publishing under the brand name Éditions du Patrimoine. With an extensive catalog (tourist guides, illustrated volumes, monographs, academic texts, and children’s books), this publisher actively proposes knowledge and promotes high-level photographic campaigns.

CMN Monuments

Among the circa 100 monuments protected by the CMN, we chose to show just a few shots of some iconic places in France (in a few instances we chose some out of the ordinary and less seen perspectives):

Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey

Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey, aerial view of the statue of the Archangel© CMN / Scala, Florence – CM01005
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The castles of Angers and Azay-le-Rideau

Château d’Angers, an alley in the garden © CMN / Scala, Florence – CM00047
Chateau d’Azay-le-Rideau, east and south façades from the lake © CMN / Scala, Florence – CM01297

Carcassonne Castle

Cité de Carcassonne,, western front, XIII century © CMN / Scala, Florence – CM00826

Arc de Triomphe and Sainte-Chapelle in Paris

Arc de Triomphe seen from the northeast © CMN / Scala, Florence – CM00856
Sainte-Chapelle de Paris, upper chapel, nave towards the apse, 1243-1249 © CMN / Scala, Florence – CM01316

Chartres Cathedral

Cattedrale di Notre-Dame de Chartres, cappella di Vendome, baia 40 © CMN / Scala, Firenze – CM00321

We invite you to explore with us the entire photographic collection of the CMN to discover more of this fantastic heritage. Please keep in mind that, while we are constantly adding new images, not all images are yet available online.

View here the images thus far available online.

The distribution of this collection is exclusively through Scala Archives worldwide, with the exception of France, USA and Canada.

If you wish to deepen your search or you have not found the image you were looking for on our site, contact us!

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