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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

    This long, rocky and barren promontory surrounded by reefs, is the most impressive cape of the wild Hague coast. Its most impressive aspects can be admired from the Nez de Voidries, which commands a view north of Écalgrain, the lighthouse off Cap de ..

  • 5 North Coast 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 Cité de la Mer Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Gare Maritime Transatlantique F - 50100 Cherbourg-Octeville

    As its name suggests the City of the Sea is a centre dedicated to all things maritime. The exhibition space (1500m 2/1800yd 2) is divided into two areas. The first, focusing on the Ocean and its treasures, houses an aquarium (more than 10m/27ft high)..

  • 9 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..

  • 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 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 Library of Avranches - Museum of the Manuscripts of Mont-St-Michel Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    6 pl. d'Estouteville F - 50300 Avranches

    This centre devoted to the conservation of the manuscripts of Mont-St-Michel is home to several rooms that show the geographical, historical and cultural background related to the documents, the history of the Mount, the manufacture of medieval manus..

  • 13 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..

  • 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 Église St-Joseph Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    134 bd François-1er F - 76600 Le Havre

    The sobriety of the lines of this reinforced concrete building surmounted by an octagonal 109m high bell tower is characteristic of the Perret style. The interior effect with the squares is extremely eye-catching. The base of the bell-tower, forming ..

  • 17 Port of Le Havre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Port Autonome F - 76600 Le Havre

    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..

  • 18 Palais Bénédictine Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    110 r. Alexandre-le-Grand F - 76400 Fécamp

    The astonishing Palais Bénédictine is the brainchild of Alexandre Le Grand, creator of the famous Bénédictine liquer and pioneer of marketing strategy (note the stained-glass window precursor of advertsing hoardings). Since its inauguration in the 19..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 Malraux Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 bd Clemenceau F - 76600 Le Havre

    This art gallery focuses on the work of two of Le Havre's artists: Eugène Boudin (1824-1898), who Baudelaire called "king of skies", represented by 200 pictures of his favourite subjects (local landscapes and beach scenes); and Raoul Dufy (..

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