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  • 1 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 ..

  • 2 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.

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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)..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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 ..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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 ..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 St-Ouen Church 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..

  • 17 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 14C to the 19C. Don't miss the celestial and terrestrial globes by Pierre Chapelle, important Sèvres pieces, the attractive series of busts ..

  • 18 St Peter's Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    2 r. St-Pierre F - 76190 Yvetot

    A symphony of light and colours. Changing from soft to bright: the huge windows by Max Ingrand justify a visit to this modern building (1956), built in a rotunda.

  • 19 Amont Cliff Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Promenade de la Digue F - 76790 Étretat

    There are 180 steps at the end of a waterway-promenade, cut out from the chalkwhite cliff, in order to reach the cliff's summit. From the seafarer's chapel dedicated to Notre-Dame de-la-Garde, a view across Etretat and its picturesque site. The long ..

  • 20 Old Abbey of St Georges Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de l'Abbaye F - 76840 St-Martin-de-Boscherville

    The Romanesque church is more or less the only part of the old Benedictine abbey that still remains. Note the doorway archivolts, decorated with geometric patterns in the style of Norman Romanesque buildings. The finely-worked, historiated capitals w..

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