Guided tour of

le Havre

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Between sea and sky, a poetic and monumental city

Le Havre

  • Classé au Patrimoine mondial de l’humanité depuis 2005 : 1er ensemble urbain européen à recevoir ce label, qui souligne sa singularité architecturale
  • Le magicien du béton : Auguste Perret donne à ce matériau ses lettres de noblesse en l’utilisant comme la pierre pour la reconstruction d’une ville unique
  • Oscar Niemeyer, père de l’architecture moderne et « poète de la courbe » : Le Volcan, espace culturel
  • Une ville de cinéma : Le Havre a été le décor de plus de 100 films dont le baiser le plus célèbre du cinéma français
  • Une ville tournée vers le large et son gigantesque port : 1er port français pour le commerce extérieur, port de pêche et port de plaisance

Le Havre or LH, nickname given by its inhabitants as an allusion to LA and Los Angeles, is the biggest city in Normandy. Founded by King François I in 1517, the harbour developped quickly thanks to the trade with the New World and North Africa. A race between corsairs and shipowners started then to explore the wealth located on the other side of the Atlantic. The peak was tragically stopped by the hail of bombs that fell onto the city at the end of World War II.

During your guided tour of Le Havre you will discover the creations of 2 famous architects of the 20th century : church St Joseph and the City Hall by Auguste Perret, Le Volcan by Oscar Niemeyer. Its UNESCO-listed perimeter offers large avenues for strolls and bright perspectives, features that probably seduced the impressionist and fauvist painters.


Tour 1: Classic Tour 2hrs

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