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  • 1 Bayeux Tapestry - Centre Guillaume-le-Conquérant Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    13 r. Nesmond F - 14400 Bayeux

    The famous Bayeux tapestry (it is in fact a piece of embroidery) is housed in a museum with two sections. In the first, this extraordinary 70m-long jewel of Romanesque art is displayed behind a glass panel, highlighting the rivalry between Harold and..

  • 2 Mémorial de Caen Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    espl. Gén.-Eisenhower F - 14050 Caen

    The Memorial's building occupies the site of the command bunker of the German General W. Richter, who fought against British and Canadian troops on 6 June 1944. This "museum for peace" is a place of history and reflection on the close links..

  • 3 Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 50170 Le Mont-St-Michel

    Aubert, Bishop of Avranches, founded an oratory on this island in 708 after the Archangel St Michael appeared three times to him. This was replaced in the early 8C by a Carolingian abbey, and subsequently modified and extended over later centuries. T..

  • 4 Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. Georges-Leclerc F - 50200 Coutances

    Begun in 1056, this cathedral is renowned for its elegant proportions, purity of design and profusion of ascending lines, culminating in 78m-high spires. The bold turreted lantern tower, noted for its slender ribbing, stands at a height of 41m at the..

  • 5 The Merveille Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel

    The name, which means the Marvel, refers to all the buildings built on the north face of the mount between 1211 and 1228, to house monks, pilgrims and distinguished guests. From the outside, the buildings resemble a fortress. The interior is a fine e..

  • 6 Cloisters Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 50170 Le Mont-St-Michel

    The cloisters seem to be suspended between the sea and the sky. The gallery arcades display richly sculptured foliage, ornamented with the occasional animal or human figure; there are also a few religious symbols. The carving is further set off by de..

  • 7 Museum of Fine Art Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 espl. Marcel-Duchamp F - 76000 Rouen

    Renovated in 1992, this museum charts European art from the 15C to the early 20C. Particular strongpoints include 17C-19C French painting (Poussin, Jacques Stella, Deshays, Fragonard, Ingres, Géricault) Impressionism (Café interior by Caillebotte, Do..

  • 8 The Aval Cliff Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D11 F - 76790 Étretat

    The views are magnificent: to the left, the massive arch of Manneporte, awesome and naturally shaped. Opposite, the Aiguille and on the other side, the Amont cliff. The variation in colours according to the time of day and the light are perfectly enc..

  • 9 Jumièges Abbey Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    24 r. Guillaume-le-Conquérant F - 76480 Jumièges

    During the 10C, the Duke Guillaume Longue Epée rebuilt the abbey of Jumièges from its ruins. It was founded by St-Philibert in the 7C. The Vikings turned this monastery into "a den of ferocious animals and birds of prey". The new Benedictin..

  • 10 Notre-Dame cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place de la Cathédrale F - 76000 Rouen

    Begun in the 12C, rebuilt in the 13C following a fire, embellished in the 15C and again in the 16C, this is one of the most attractive French Gothic creations. Its nave with eleven bays covered with a superb six-part vault and the lantern tower give ..

  • 11 Sainte-Catherine area Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D95 F - 76000 Rouen

    The panorama across the curve of the river, it bell-towers and the whole of Rouen is enthralling.

  • 12 Old Rouen Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 76000 Rouen

    Start your tour of Old Rouen from the cathedral and rue St-Romain, lined with old half-timbered houses. It leads to the church of St-Maclou (1437-1517). A little further on, the Aître St-Maclou and its macabre Dance of Death in the courtyard is one o..

  • 13 Abbey Route Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 76000 Rouen

    To the west of Rouen, a series of abbeys lie along the meandering River Seine. The abbey church of St-Georges-de-Boscherville is a pure example of Norman Romanesque. More evidence of the "Benedictine flowering" of the 11C can be seen at Jum..

  • 14 Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Le Château F - 14000 Caen

    This fine art museum offers a chronological, thematic and geographical journey through painting from the 15 to 20C. It boasts noteworthy pieces from 17C Europe and a gallery dedicate to 18C portrait and landscape artists. Romantic masters (Delacroix)..

  • 15 Notre-Dame Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    4 r. du Gén.-de-Dais F - 14400 Bayeux

    A harmonious chevet, a door showing the story of Thomas Becket, a façade with two Romanesque towers. Inside, interesting paintings in the right transept, a choir stall that, with its ambulatory and crown of chapels, is a fine example of Norman Gothic..

  • 16 Old Honfleur Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Arthur-Boudin F - 14600 Honfleur

    Enjoy Honfleur by strolling along its quays, and walking along the roads and paved alleys of Ste-Catherine's quarter; stop before the facade of an old dwelling, before an artist's easel or at a café terrace around the Vieux-Bassin and have a bowlful ..

  • 17 The Vieux-Bassin Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Ste-Catherine F - 14600 Honfleur

    It was created by Duquesne under the orders of Colbert. It is surrounded by beautiful quays and the yachts add a touch of charm. The rich two-story, sloping roof stone dwellings on St-Étienne quay contrast with those of quay Ste-Catherine where narro..

  • 18 Abbaye aux Hommes Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Esplanade Jean-Marie-Louvel F - 14000 Caen

    This 11C architectural masterpiece boasts elegant lines which combine Romanesque aesthetics, Gothic exuberance, and the Classicism of 18C monastic buildings. The church of Saint-Étienne was founded by William the Conqueror. The facade is striking for..

  • 19 Église de la Trinité Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. Reine-Mathilde F - 14000 Caen

    The vast nave with nine bays of this old abbey church, which dates from the 11C, was inspired by the Benedictine abbeys. It leads to the tomb of Queen Matilda, founder of the Abbaye-aux-Dames (Abbey for Women). Adjoining the south transept is an attr..

  • 20 Église St-Étienne Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    espl. Jean-Marie-Louvel F - 14000 Caen

    This is the abbey church of the Abbaye-aux-Hommes (Abbey for Men) founded by William the Conqueror. Begun in 1066 in the Romanesque style, it was completed in the 13C in the Gothic style. Its plain west front remains a remarkable example of Romanesqu..

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