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  • 1 Abbaye de Hambye Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    rte de l'Abbaye F - 50450 Hambye

    This abbey, founded around 1145 by the local lord, Guillaume Paynel, was used as a stone quarry following the Revolution and partly ruined. The severe appearance of the building is softened by elegant lancet windows. The Gothic choir has retained its..

  • 2 Mont-Saint-Michel bay Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel

    The bay of Mont-St-Michel is bordered by around 100km of coastline. The islands, cliffs, beaches and dunes here form a series of ecosystems home to numerous species of flora and fauna. This part of the Cotentin coast rewards visitors with stunning vi..

  • 3 Baie d'Écalgrain Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Dannery

    This desolate shore backed by moors and heather is one of the area's wildest but most impressive beauty spots. To the left of the island of Alderney one can make out Guernsey and Sark, and, on the horizon, the west coast of the Cotentin peninsula.

  • 4 Nez de Jobourg Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Dannery

    Surrounded by reefs, this long, rocky and barren promontory is the most impressive of those to be found along the cape of La Hague. It is best admired from the Nez de Voidries, separated off by the little cove of Sennival. To the north you can see Éc..

  • 5 North Coast of Cotentin Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 50100 Cherbourg

    The corniche road which skirts the North Coast of the Cotentin from Cherbourg to Barfleur, commands lovely views of the coast, particularly between Bretteville and Fermanville.

  • 6 Church of Mont-St-Michel Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 50170 Le Mont-St-Michel

    The exterior of the church, particularly the east end, is a masterpiece with its buttresses, rampant arches, bell turrets and balustrades. The interior reveals a marked contrast between the severe, sombre Romanesque nave and the elegant, luminous Got..

  • 7 Refectory Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 50170 Le Mont-St-Michel

    The effect is mysterious; the chamber is full of light although it appears to have only two windows in the end wall. A closer look reveals that the architect introduced a row of slim niches very high up in each recess to admit light without weakening..

  • 8 Mont-St-Michel manuscripts Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    F - 50300 Avranches

    In 1791, Mont Saint Michel monastery was stripped of its assets. A collection of 4 000 volumes from its library has been amassed at the Scriptorial in Avranches, including 203 manuscripts, some of which date from the 9C and represent the spiritual, i..

  • 9 Former abbey of Cerisy-la-Fôret Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    50 r. Sangles F - 50680 Cerisy-la-Forêt

    The 11C abbey church of Cerisy boasts three aisles (seven originally), large arcades crowned by a gallery, columns framing the high windows, and choir stalls dating from 1400. As you exit the church, admire the chevet and bell tower. The monastic bui..

  • 10 Ham Rocks Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 50890 Condé-sur-Vire

    The magnificent escarpment of Ham Rocks rises to an altitude of 80m, inside a meander of the River Vire. From the first platform along the way, one dominates the deep, calm and remote valley of the same name. 150m further on along the path, one reach..

  • 11 Abbey Church of Lessay Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 50430 Lessay

    Lessay's Abbey Church, mainly erected in 1098, is one of the most perfect expressions of Romanesque art in Normandy. Note the pure lines of the apse, the fine square bell tower and the schist roofs. Inside, note the amazing plan, the harmony of the s..

  • 12 Château de Carrouges Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rte de Lignière F - 61320 Carrouges

    An elegant 16C gatehouse flanked by four circular towers leads into Carrouges Castle. The château was largely built during the reigns of Henri IV and Louis XIII. Surrounded by a moat, the buildings are set around an inner courtyard and the apartments..

  • 13 Le Pin National Stud Farm Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    F - 61310 Le Pin-au-Haras

    Le Pin National Stud Farm is one of the most renowned horse-breeding centres in France, going back to the 17C. Follow one of the forest trails to discover the main courtyard (horseshoe-shaped) and the castle, which houses reception rooms and stables...

  • 14 Roche d'Oëtre Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 61430 Rouvrou

    The high escarpments of Oëtre Rock dominate the gorge of the Rouvre. Stand next to the viewing table: the view is breathtaking! To your right is a rocky ridge shaped like a human profile. The path running down to the river offers fine views (walking ..

  • 15 Sées Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. du Gén.-de-Gaulle F - 61500 Sées

    Sées's Gothic Cathedral, built in the 13C and 14C, encountered many vicissitudes as the West front shows with its vast porch supported by heavy buttresses. Inside, note the large arches of the nave, the chancel and the transept lit by magnificent sta..

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

    Religious buildings

    134 bd François-1er F - 76600 Le Havre

    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..

  • 17 Parliament of Normandy - Rouen Courthouse Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    36 r. aux Juifs F - 76000 Rouen

    This splendid 1C building was built for the Exchequer of Normandy (Court of Justice). The façade was decorated with a concern for gradation, typical of Renaissance designs behind which lies a forest of sculpted stonework, starting with a large stairc..

  • 18 St-Maclou Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. St-Barthélémy F - 76000 Rouen

    This is a seductive Gothic Flamboyant style church built between 1437 and 1517. Two of the three doorways frame Renaissance doors. Inside, there is an organ case to see (1521), which is trimmed with wood and which is supported by columns by Jean Gouj..

  • 19 St-Ouen Church of Rouen Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    27 r. Victor-Hugo F - 76000 Rouen

    This old abbatial of the 14th century is remarkable in terms of its size and is one of the most delightful high Gothic churches. The building of this church was started in 1318 and finally completed in the 16th century. You will notice the chevet, th..

  • 20 Ceramics Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 r. Faucon F - 76000 Rouen

    Housed in the 17C d'Hocqueville residence, this museum has an extensive collection of local ceramics from the 16C to the 20C. Don't miss the celestial and terrestrial globes by Pierre Chapelle, important Sèvres pieces, the attractive series of busts ..

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