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  • 1 Ship-owner's house Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3 quai i de l'Île

    This late 18C house, built for his personal use by the city's architect and hydrant officer, Mr Thibault, was bought by a ship-owner (hence its name) in the early 19C and it miraculously survived the bombing of 1944. Its five circular storeys, each e..

  • 2 St Joseph's Church, Le Havre Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    134 bd François-1er

    A masterpiece by Auguste Perret, the Église St-Joseph, which resembles a cathedral, is the result of a collaboration between the architect and Marguerite Huré. This stained-glass artist dreamed up the partition of the natural light by incorporating s..

  • 3 Port of Le Havre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Port Autonome

    With the restoration of its docks and the recent architectural additions of Jean Nouvel, Le Harve is now renowned as a place of cutting-edge building design as well as a resort and port. Since the opening of Port 2000 in 2006, Le Havre can accommodat..

  • 4 Malraux Museum (MuMa) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 bd Clemenceau

    Standing at the entrance to the port and looking through Le Signal (monumental concrete sculpture by Henri-Georges Adam), the museum, which was inaugurated in 1961 by André Malraux, has been reorganised in order to house and showcase its remarkable c..

  • 5 Avenue Foch Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Avenue du Maréchal-Foch

    The Ocean gateway opens onto the wide straight avenue along the sea-front bordered by geometric buildings and brightened by shady lawns and modern sculptures . In the middle, there is a memorial which recalls the victims of the Deportation and those ..

  • 6 Digue Nord, Le Havre - Sea Wall Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    bd Clemenceau

    The Sea wall protects the sailing port and provides a good view over the outer harbour from one end.

  • 7 Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, Le Havre Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville

    It is lined with three-storey buildings with terraced roofs and ten-storey towers, and has great walking spaces in the midst of superb beds of flowers and original fountains. At the foot of the town hall massif made of bare concrete, overlooked by a ..

  • 8 Model apartment of Auguste Perret Interesting

    Museums and art

    181 r. de Paris

    A fine reconstitution of the show flat that Auguste Perret presented at the 1947 World Fair and two years later to the inhabitants of Le Havre whose town was to be rebuilt. The visit illustrates the architect's project and his desire for rationalised..

  • 9 Le Havre Beach Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    bd Albert-1er

    The beaches of Le Havre and Sainte-Adresse, beloved of surfing enthusiasts, stretch from the North Sea wall to the headland of the Hève. Depending on the tide, the beaches are either pebble (high tide) or sand (low tide). The seafront promenade (Boul..

  • 10 Espace Oscar-Niemeyer-Le Volcan

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place du Général-de-Gaulle

    Also known as "Le Volcan Scène Nationale", this cultural centre (part of André Malraux's Maison de la Culture initiative) was created in 1961 and entrusted to Reynold Arnould, then curator of the museums of Le Havre. Designed by Oscar Nieme..

  • 11 Rue de Paris (Le Havre)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de Paris

    From Rue de Paris, which connects the Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville to the Quai de Southampton, it is not uncommon to see the superstructures of docked liners or the receding forms of ferries setting sail for English shores.

  • 12 Le Havre Signal Station

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    chaussée John-Kennedy

    The Semaphore accommodates radar, radio and telegraph. From the end of the jetty you have a good view over the port entrance and of the flow of sea-craft.

  • 13 Notre Dame Cathedral, Le Havre

    Religious buildings

    Rue de Paris

    This cathedral was built from 1575 to 1630. The North Portal is called the Hail Mary, due to the inscription above the Flamboyant rose window. Inside you can see the huge organs (1637), which were a present from Richelieu, the reason for the Cardinal..

  • 14 Le Havre Natural History Museum

    Museums and art

    pl. du Vieux-Marché

    In addition to ornithology and mineralogy, this museum harbours an interesting collection of works by the naturalist painter Charles-Alexandre Lesueur (1778-1846)

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