Considering it was bombarded 146 times during World War II, you might think there’d be little left to see in Le Havre—France's second-largest port (after Marseille). Think again. The rebuilt city, with its uncompromising recourse to reinforced concrete and open spaces, is admittedly short on old-school charm; on the flip side, it is home to some of France's most spectacular 20th-century edifices. The rational planning and audacious architecture of Auguste Perret (1874–1954) have now earned the city UNESCO World Heritage status. His unforgettable Église St-Joseph—half rocket ship, half church—is alone worth the trip.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More