Discovering Le Havre !

Published on June 13, 2012
  • Saint Joseph's churchrebuilt by Auguste Perret

    Saint Joseph's churchrebuilt by Auguste Perret

    © H.Maunder

  • Auguste Perret show apartment - Le Havre

    Auguste Perret show apartment - Le Havre

    © H.Maunder

  • The hôte Dubocage de Bléville - le Havre

    The hôte Dubocage de Bléville - le Havre

    © Office de tourisme du havre

  • Museum of Modern Art -  MuMa - Le Havre

    Museum of Modern Art - MuMa - Le Havre

    © H.Maunder

  • Hanging gardens - Le  Havre

    Hanging gardens - Le Havre

    © H.Maunder

  • A call for cruises - The sea port of the Havre

    A call for cruises - The sea port of the Havre

    © Le Bris

  • Shopping  Docks Vauban - Le Havre

    Shopping Docks Vauban - Le Havre

    © Architectes Reichen et Robert Bréard

  • The Abbey of Montivilliers - le Havre

    The Abbey of Montivilliers - le Havre

    © Office de tourisme du Havre

  • The Villas of Sainte-Adresse - le Havre

    The Villas of Sainte-Adresse - le Havre

    © Erik Levilly

Discovering Le Havre ! 76 Le Havre fr

The town centre

Hard hit during the Second World War, the city centre was rebuilt and redesigned by the architect Auguste Perret. In 2005 it became the first European town of the twentieth century to be registered as UNESCO World Heritage.

  • Saint Joseph’s church,
    Completely destroyed by bombs in 1944, it was rebuilt in memory of the victims of these bombings.  Made of reinforced concrete, the building is topped by a tower 107 meters high, "spiritual beacon of the city."
  • Auguste Perret show apartment
    Enables you to discover the interior fittings proposed by the workshop of Auguste Perret to relocate people during the rebuilding of the city centre between 1945 and 1955. Discover the furnishings and daily life of that time.

The ship owner’s house

Historic Monument in 1950, this eighteenth century residence is a rare example of civil architecture of Le Havre. It was refitted as a museum while retaining its character as a private dwelling in order to evoke the lifestyle of rich merchants of Le Havre at that time.

The Hôtel Dubocage de Bléville

Seventeenth-century mansion that was owned by Michel Joseph Dubocage de Belville, navigator and famous merchant. Permanent collections and temporary exhibitions are offered in reference to the history of Le Havre and its port.

Andre Malraux Museum of Modern Art (Muma)

The museum has the largest collection in France around impressionism, after Paris (Monet, Renoir, Pissaro and others).  Fauvism and Cubism are also well represented with works by Van Dongen and Dufy. 

The military fort and its hanging gardens

The fort, which has kept its structures, moats, outside walls, battlements, magazine, alveoli, has been turned into hanging gardens. This exceptional site with an area of 17 hectares is devoted to plants.

The Volcano of Oscar Niemeyer (currently closed for renovation)

Historical site of Le Havre, the Volcano is one of the major works that the sculptor-architect Oscar Niemeyer completed outside his country, Brazil.

The sea port of Le Havre

A major European port and the second biggest of France. It is a versatile commercial port for both cargo and passengers coming from or bound for England or as a stopover for international cruise ships.

The Pont de Normandie

Built in 1995, it links Le Havre to Honfleur and dominates the whole Seine estuary. World record of suspension bridges at the time of its construction. It attracts many visitors.

The Vauban Docks

A shopping street open seven days a week and unique in the heart of the living district of Le Havre. 50 retailers and restaurants have moved into the renovated old docks, heritage and exceptional architecture.

The Abbey of Graville

It dominates the city of Le Havre and is a masterpiece of Romanesque art in Normandy. It has been rebuilt several times since the eleventh century. Now a museum, the Abbey houses collections of religious art including some sculpture which is among the finest in Normandy.

Harfleur, medieval district

Located in the greater town spread of Le Havre, it was a royal town in the thirteenth century and became a sovereign port of Normandy. It gave birth to Le Havre after the silting of its port in the 16th century.

The villas of Sainte-Adresse

Sainte Adresse is a seaside resort in the greater urban spread of Le Havre. At the beginning of the twentieth century, a Parisian businessman created a resort "le Nice havrais".

The Abbey of Montivilliers

Between Etretat and Honfleur, the Abbey, a listed historical building, was renovated in 2000. It offers an original scenic route to wander through the building.

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