Le Havre Tourist Attractions
Le Havre, France's largest port after Marseilles, situated on the estuary of the Seine, here 9km/6mi wide, suffered heavy destruction during the Second World War and had to be almost completely rebuilt.
The modern aspect of the city is due primarily to the architect Auguste Perret. The Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840- 1926) lived and worked in Le Havre, and the writer Raymond Queneau (1903-1976), author of "Zazie dans le Métro" and "Pierrot mon Ami", was born here.The town was founded in 1517 and, on the orders of Francis I, was provided with a harbor which was ready to receive the first warship in the following year. Later Le Havre developed into an important commercial port, mainly involved in the North American traffic.After the American War of Independence Le Havre became the main center for the import of colonial products like coffee, tobacco, cotton, sugar and exotic woods.The rebuilt city center offers interesting examples of modern architecture, like the spacious Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville with its functional tower blocks. From here the wide Avenue Foch runs west to the Porte Océane.Another interesting feature is the 160 m/175yd long escalator from Rue Aristide-Briand to the upper town (which can also be reached from the Cours de la République through the Jenner Tunnel).In Place Gambetta, built partly underground, is the Oskar Niemeyer Cultural Center, which bears the name of its architect.
The modern church of St-Joseph in Le Havre, to the south of the Avenue Foch, is a steel and concrete structure with a 106m/350ft high tower from which there are magnificent views.
In Le Havre, from the west end of Avenue Foch the bathing beach runs north, flanked by the Boulevard Albert 1, which continues for 4km/2.5mi through the outlying district of Ste-Adresse with its numerous villas to the suburb of Nice Havrais (the "Nice of Le Havre").
Of the Le Havre's museums the Musée des Beaux-Arts is notable mainly for its collection of paintings from the 16th C. to the present day, while the Musée de l'Ancien Havre displays material on the history of the town and on seafaring.
Ste Honorine de Graville
The church of Ste-Honorine de Graville (11th- 13th C.), which has a "Black Madonna", houses a museum of sculpture (works of the 12th-16th C.).
A trip round the modern port installations makes an interesting experience. Rouen-Le Havre is France's largest port after Fos-Marseilles and comes fourth in Europe, after Rotterdam and Antwerp as well as Fos-Marseilles.
From Le Havre majestic cruise ships depart for distant ports of call. While docked, these mighty ships are a spectacle for all to see.
Ancient Le Havre Museum
Graville Priory Museum
The Priory, built during the time of William the conqueror, now offers a collection of religious art.
Address: 1 rue Elisée Reclus, F-76600 Le Havre, France
Opening hours: 10am-12pm, 2pm-6pm; Closed: Mon, Tue
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), 1945 Victory Day (May 8), May Day / Labor Day (May 1), Bastille Day - France (Jul 14), Remembrance Day / 1918 Armistice Day (Nov 11), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in EUR: Adult €1.50, Concession or reduced rate €.75, Child 12 & under FREE
Map of Le Havre Attractions