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Les Andelys

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Eure

Les Andelys - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Eure
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Dominated by the imposing form of the emblematic Château-Gaillard Castle, the small town of Les Andelys, made up of two neighbourhoods that were once clearly separated, Petit-Andely and Grand-Andely, occupies one of the most remarkable sites in the Seine Valley.

Built in 1196 - in just one year! - by Richard the Lionheart, Duke of Normandy and King of England, with the aim of keeping watch over the valley and protecting the city of Rouen from the attacks of the King of France Philip Augustus, the hillside remains of the impressive medieval fortress of Château-Gaillard offer a superb view of the meanders of the Seine, flanked by limestone cliffs, and the picturesque riverbank of Petit-Andely. Take a tour of the premises to discover the lower courtyard (open all year), the upper courtyard (open to the public from mid-March to mid-November), where the main keep stands, as well as the history of the fortress, including the famous siege and capture of the castle by Philip Augustus in 1203-1204, which later signalled Normandy's attachment to France.

Beneath the fortress, be sure to take a stroll along the banks of Petit-Andely, along the pleasant walkway by the Seine!

Also worth seeing is the Collegiate Church of Our Lady in the Grand-Andely district, a beautiful Flamboyant Gothic and Renaissance-style edifice, which contains splendid stained glass windows from the 16th century, an Entombment and a magnificent Renaissance organ case made of carved wood.

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Les Andelys

Located in Haute-Normandie, in the Eure department and in the heart of the Vexin Normand, the town of Andelys invites you to discover its natural and built riches.

A 100 km from Paris and 40 km from Rouen, Les Andelys are nestled in a meander of the Seine, between limestone slopes and valley, constituting one of the most beautiful sites of the northern half of France.

If the name of the city is plural, it is because it testifies to the existence of two communes once separated by marshes. They were united during the French Revolution. The motto "Fecit Utraque Unum" (both are one) illustrates this episode.

The Grand Andely was a Roman city, a cultural and religious center.

Le Petit Andely, originally a fishing village in the Seine, was born at the time of the construction of the famous Château-Gaillard at the end of the 12th century.

Defending the gates of Normandy, the Château-Gaillard has dominated the city for over 800 years and represents by its vestiges the witness of the great facts of Norman history.

Things to see and do

Its prestigious past attracted many French and foreign visitors through Chateau-Gaillard, whose history is closely linked to that of Normandy.

Four hiking trails starting from different points of the town, invite you to sample the rich heritage of the city and its environs.

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Château-Gaillard in the Andelys
Château-Gaillard in the Andelys
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The whole of Château-Gaillard
The whole of Château-Gaillard
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The Notre-Dame Collegiate Church
The Notre-Dame Collegiate Church
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Flax flowers at the foot of the Andelys cliffs
Flax flowers at the foot of the Andelys cliffs
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The Hospital of Saint Jacques aux Andelys
The Hospital of Saint Jacques aux Andelys
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The church of Saint-Sauveur aux Andelys
The church of Saint-Sauveur aux Andelys
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Le Petit Andely
Le Petit Andely
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Normandy-Niemen Memorial
Normandy-Niemen Memorial
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The Municipal Tourist Office
The Municipal Tourist Office
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The Saint-Sauveur church and Château-Gaillard
The Saint-Sauveur church and Château-Gaillard
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Bridge over the Seine
Bridge over the Seine
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Chateau Gaillard
Chateau Gaillard
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Normandie-Niemen Memorial - Detail of the Yak
Normandie-Niemen Memorial - Detail of the Yak
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