Normandy

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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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  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Église St-Maclou

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A late-Gothic masterpiece, this church sits across Rue de la République behind the cathedral and bears testimony to the wild excesses of Flamboyant...Read More

  • 11. Église St-Pierre

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Across the square, beneath a 240-foot spire, the late-Gothic church of St-Pierre is a riot of ornamental stonework. It's open for visits despite...Read More

  • 12. Gros-Horloge

    Le Vieux-Marché | Clock

    The name of the pedestrian Rue du Gros-Horloge, Rouen's most popular street, comes from the Gros-Horloge itself, a giant Renaissance clock....Read More

  • 13. Hôtel d'Escoville

    House/Mansion/Villa

    A good place to begin exploring Caen is the Hôtel d'Escoville, a stately mansion in the city center built by wealthy merchant Nicolas Le Valois...Read More

  • 14. Musée de la Libération

    Museum/Gallery

    Uniforms, photographs, maps, flags, posters, and medals at the Musée de la Libération, on the hill above the town (excellent sea views), recall...Read More

  • 15. Musée de Normandie

    Museum/Gallery

    Set in a mansion built for the castle governor, this museum is dedicated to regional arts such as ceramics and sculpture. Some local archaeological...Read More

  • 16. Pegasus Bridge

    Bridge/Tunnel

    Early on June 6, 1944, the British 6th Airborne Division landed by glider and captured this bridge, which local residents later named for the...Read More

  • 17. Tour Jeanne-d'Arc

    Gare | Museum/Gallery

    Sole remnant of the early-13th-century castle built by French king Philippe-Auguste, this beefy, pointed-top circular tower houses a small exhibit...Read More

  • 18. Utah Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Head east on D67 from Sainte-Mère to Utah Beach, which, being sheltered from the Atlantic winds by the Cotentin Peninsula and surveyed by lowly...Read More

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