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Illuminated manuscripts, metalwork, small-scale sculpture, mosaics, and frescos survive from the period.

The Carolingians also undertook major architectural building campaigns at numerous churches in France.

Lugdunum, modern Lyon, was at the time of the Roman Empire the largest city outside Italy and gave birth to two Roman Emperors.

The city still boasts some Roman remains including a Theater.

Modern France was the main centre for the European art of the Upper Paleolithic, then left many megalithic monuments, and in the Iron Age many of the most impressive finds of early Celtic art.In the Neolithic period (see Neolithic Europe), megalithic (large stone) monuments, such as the dolmens and menhirs at Carnac, Saint-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens and elsewhere in France begin to appear; this appearance is thought to start in the fifth millennium BC, although some authors speculate about Mesolithic roots.In France there are some 5,000 megalithics monuments, mainly in Brittany, where there is the largest concentration of these monuments.France can fairly be said to have been a leader in the development of Romanesque art and Gothic art, before the Renaissance led to Italy becoming the main source of stylistic developments until France matched Italy's influence during the late Baroque and Neoclassicism and then regained the leading role in the Arts from the 19th to the mid-20th century.Currently, the earliest known European art is from the Upper Palaeolithic period of between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago and France has a large selection of extant pre-historic art from the Châtelperronian, Aurignacian, Solutrean, Gravettian, and Magdalenian cultures.

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