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  • 1 Bayeux Tapestry Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    13bis 13 Rue de Nesmond F - 14400 Bayeux

    A graphic record of the Middle Ages, especially revealing of customs, costumes, boats and architecture, this textile gem of Romanesque art is housed in the Bayeux Tapestry Museum. It is made from coloured wools embroidered on a linen strip 68.30m by ..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 Jumièges Abbey Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

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

    Set amid the enchanting landscape of the Seine Valley, Jumièges Abbey remains "one of the most admirable ruins in France." (R de Lasteyrie). Visiting this impressive nave laid out in the open air just got even more exciting, as it is now po..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 Rouen Museum of Fine Art Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 espl. Marcel-Duchamp F - 76000 Rouen

    Renovated in 1994, this vast and rich museum offers a comprehensive overview of European artistic production from the 15C to the present day. Particular strongpoints include 17C-19C French painting (Poussin, Jacques Stella, Deshays, Fragonard, Ingres..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 Rouen 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 ..

  • 13 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.

  • 14 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..

  • 15 Château de Beaumesnil Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Château F - 27410 Beaumesnil

    Nicknamed the "Norman Versailles", this Baroque-style Louis XIII château's façade is richly decorated with Florentine motifs. Inside note the monumental staircase and, in the library, the unusual open-sided chimneypiece. An important collec..

  • 16 Lyons Forest Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Lyons-la-Forêt

    Surrounding the village of Lyons-la-Forêt, this vast woodland (10 700ha) is "one of the natural wonders of France and the apogee of the beech tree". Its trees often have trunks over 20m high; the highest, the Bunodière beech, nudges 50m. Wi..

  • 17 Eawy Forest Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Saint-Saëns

    The 6 600ha Eawy (pronounced E-a-vi) massif comprises the rugged hilltop marking the border between the Varenne and Béthune regions. Together with the Forêt de Lyons it makes up Normandy's best beech plantation. It Germanic-derived name means "h..

  • 18 La Suisse normande Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 14570 Clécy

    This area known as Normandy's Switzerland is located in the south of the Bocage Normand, in the triangle formed by Condé-sur-Noireau, Thury-Harcourt and Putanges. The Orne River meanders along against this splendid backdrop of abrupt and picturesque ..

  • 19 Omaha Beach Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    F - 14710 Colleville-sur-Mer

    Until 6 June 1944, the name Omaha Beach only existed in the Allies' secret code, referring to the beaches of Calvados de St-Laurent-sur-Mer, Colleville-sur-Mer and Vierville-sur-Mer. Today it is as infamous as the other D-Day beaches. The austerity a..

  • 20 Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    F - 14710 Colleville-sur-Mer

    9 386 Carrara marble crosses stand aligned in a remarkably serene setting. A commemorative monument stands in the axis of the central pathway: the Wall of the Missing, upon which are inscribed 1 557 names. Head to the panoramic viewpoint facing the s..

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