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  • 1. Abbaye aux Hommes

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Caen's finest church, of cathedral proportions, is part of the Abbaye aux Hommes, built by William the Conqueror from local Caen stone (which...Read More

  • 2. Bayeux Tapestry

    Museum/Gallery

    Essentially a 225-foot-long embroidered scroll stitched in 1067, the Bayeux Tapestry, known in French as the Tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde...Read More

  • 3. Cité de La Mer

    Museum/Gallery

    Cherbourg is a major submarine base—more than 90 have been built here since 1899. One, the nuclear-powered Redoutable, was launched in 1967...Read More

  • 4. Mémorial de Caen

    Museum/Gallery

    An imaginative museum erected in 1988 on the north side of the city, the Mémorial is a must-see if you're interested in World War II history...Read More

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  • 5. Musée d'Art Moderne André-Malraux

    Museum/Gallery

    Occupying an innovative 1960s glass-and-metal building, the city's art museum has soaring plate-glass windows that bathe the interior in the...Read More

  • 6. Omaha Beach

    Museum/Gallery

    You won't be disappointed by the rugged terrain and windswept sand of Omaha Beach, 16 km (10 miles) northwest of Bayeux. Here you can find the...Read More

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  • 7. Abbaye aux Dames

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in 1059 by William the Conqueror's wife, Matilda, the Abbaye aux Dames was rebuilt in the 18th century; it then served as a hospital...Read More

  • 8. Abbaye de La Trinité

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The ancient cod-fishing port of Fécamp was once a major pilgrimage site, and this magnificent abbey church bears witness to its religious past...Read More

  • 9. Abbaye du Mont-St-Michel

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A magnetic beacon to millions of travelers each year, this "wonder of the Western World"—a 264-foot mound of rock topped by a history-shrouded...Read More

  • 10. Abbaye St-Ouen

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Next to the imposing neoclassical City Hall, this stupendous example of high Gothic architecture is noted for its stained-glass windows, dating...Read More

  • 11. Aître St-Maclou

    Cemetery

    This former ossuary (a charnel house used for the bodies of plague victims) is a reminder of the "Black Death" that devastated Europe during...Read More

  • 12. Archéoscope

    Museum/Gallery

    Explore the myths and legends of the Mont through a sound-and-light show at the Archéoscope. Some exhibits use wax figures fitted out in the...Read More

  • 13. Arromanches 360

    Arts/Performance Venue

    This striking movie theater has a circular screen—actually nine curved screens synchronized to show a 19-minute film titled Normandy's 100...Read More

  • 14. Auguste Perret Model Apartment

    Building/Architectural Site

    A fascinating relic of post–World War II Le Havre, the Auguste Perret Model Apartment is a testament to the city's postwar destruction—and to...Read More

  • 15. Cathédrale Notre-Dame

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Bayeux's mightiest edifice, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame, is a harmonious mixture of Norman and Gothic architecture. Note the portal on the south...Read More

  • 16. Cathédrale Notre-Dame

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Even in the so-called City of 100 Spires, the one crowning this cathedral stands out. Erected in 1876, it’s the highest in France—a cast-iron...Read More

  • 17. Château Ducal

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The ruins of William the Conqueror's fortress, built in 1060 and sensitively restored after the war, loom on a mound ahead of St-Étienne. The...Read More

  • 18. Château Gaillard

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Château Gaillard was built in a mere two years, between 1196 and 1198, by Richard the Lionheart, King of England and the Duke of Normandy, to...Read More

  • 19. Conservatoire de la Dentelle

    Museum/Gallery

    Handmade lace is a specialty of Bayeux. The best place to learn about it—and buy some to take home—is the Conservatoire de la Dentelle near...Read More

  • 20. Église St-Joseph

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Perhaps the most impressive Modernist church in France, the Église St-Joseph was designed by Auguste Perret in the 1950s. The 350-foot tower...Read More

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