When you hear the name of Le Havre, its port is the first thing that springs to mind. Yet this city in Seine-Maritime has many tales to tell. Much of the city was destroyed by bombing in 1944, and was rebuilt after the war by Auguste Perret. Many of its monuments are symbols of this rebirth today. The city centre's resolutely modern and surprising architecture earned Le Havre UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2005!
Charged with putting the city back on its feet, the architect created bright and functional homes, as evidenced by the Perret Show Flat: a visit there will take you right back to the 50s. Built in memory of the bombing victims, the majestic Church of St. Joseph, which has a New York skyscraper feel to it, overlooks the entire city. An architectural masterpiece of the 20th century, the building is one of France's listed Historic Monuments (Monuments Historiques), and is distinguished by its impressive 107-metre-high octagonal lantern tower! Inside, the innumerable multi-coloured stained glass windows are truly admirable...
Another exceptional place to discover is the Hanging Gardens, which are certified Remarkable Gardens (Jardins Remarquables) and Botanical Gardens of France and French-speaking Countries (Jardins botaniques de France et des pays francophones). Located in a former fort in Sainte-Adresse overlooking the Bay of Seine, its themed landscaped gardens offer a splendid view of the sea and Le Havre!
Consisting of two buildings in the shape of a volcano, the Oscar Niemeyer Centre, built in the late 1970s by the famous Brazilian architect, and the André Malraux Museum of Modern Art, with its remarkable Impressionist and Fauvist collections from the 19th and 20th centuries, will delight lovers of art and culture. Interested in finding out how the Le Havre bourgeoisie lived in the 18th century? Head to the Ship-owner's House (Maison de l'Armateur), a five-storey museum house where rooms with exotic wood floors unfold around an octagonal skylight.
Your visit to Le Havre would not be complete without a trip to the port, which stretches for some thirty kilometres. Founded at the beginning of the 16th century at the behest of Francis I, it is one of France's largest commercial ports today. You will be able to see huge cargo ships and liners that have come for a stopover. Board the Ville du Havre II and enjoy an outing exploring the port and the Bay of Seine.
Classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its post-war city center, the city of Le Havre takes its place in Normandy, in the department of Seine-Maritime. Limitrophe of Honfleur, the second port of France after Marseille, it is also not far from Rouen, one of the regional capitals.
The most populous commune in Normandy, Le Havre was created on the orders of Francis I in 1517. Important economic pole during the eighteenth and nineteenth century, especially thanks to its commercial port, the city suffered heavy damage during the Second World War. It reappeared from its ashes a few years later thanks to the work of the famous architect, Auguste Perret, who unveiled a new center partially inaugurated by André Malraux in the 1960s.
Dynamic from an economic and cultural point of view, La Havre still unveils an important historical heritage that attracts many visitors each year. Its pebble beach, located in the city, also makes it a rare site in France. The City of Art and History, the Norman city is full of riches to discover during a stay in the region.
Known around the world for its downtown reconstructed by Auguste Perret, the city of Le Havre unveils to its tourists an important architectural and cultural heritage.
Rebuilt after the Second World War, downtown Le Havre is the work of Auguste Perret, a French architect specializing in reinforced concrete. Main historical attraction of the Norman commune, it extends on nearly 150 hectares, mixing housing and civil buildings. A true masterpiece of 20th-century art, it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Last monument created by Auguste Perret, the church of Saint Joseph stands proudly in the middle of the reconstructed center of Le Havre. A true sanctuary dedicated to the victims of the Second World War, the concrete building reveals a tower-tower of 110 meters in height, as well as impressive stained glass windows. It has been listed in Historical Monuments.
Inaugurated in the late 1950s, the town hall impresses with its façade and dimensions. Built by Auguste Perret and Jacques Tournant, it features a large 18-storey tower and a garden designed by Auguste Perret himself. The large esplanade now hosts part of the tramway route of the city.
Le Havre has, however, preserved some more ancient monuments, like the cathedral Notre-Dame, classified as Historic Monuments. Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque, it dates from the end of the sixteenth century. Small originality, one can admire inside the old way of the cross of the ship, Normandy.
Other medieval religious buildings are also visible, such as the Graville Abbey, the oldest building in Le Havre. Classified as a Historic Monument, it blends Romanesque and Gothic styles. The chapel of Ingouville, of the fifteenth century, also deserves the detour with its flamboyant Gothic style.
There are also many monuments testifying to the maritime vocation of the Norman town, such as the Vauban docks, the Tourneville fort, or the famous hanging gardens. The latter are a botanical garden located inside the old fort of Sainte-Adresse and pays tribute to the city's botanists who have traveled the world to discover new plant species. One finds in particular greenhouses and thematic spaces on America or Asia.
The city of Le Havre also has five museums labeled Museum of France, following the example of the André Malraux Museum. Dedicated to art, it unveils collections from the end of the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Monet, Renoir, Dufy and Boudin are appreciated here. Eighteenth century residence, the house of the Shipowner has been classified Historic Monuments and now houses a museum unveiling the life of the high dignitaries of the city under the Ancien Régime. Located in the old private mansion Dubocage de Bléville, the Museum of Ancien Havre allows to discover the history of the city through time. Do not miss the museum of natural history whose building is classified to the Historic Monuments. It is still home to interesting specimens of palaeontology and zoology.
Rarely in the country, Le Havre houses within its downtown a pebble beach. It has a number of recreational and entertainment facilities, such as children's playgrounds and sports fields, and enjoys the benefits of the Channel Sea.
The city of Le Havre, which has inspired many painters and artists of all kinds, has retained an important cultural tradition.
Le Havre markets are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in the morning. A Christmas market also takes place in December.
Literary Festival, the Taste of Others is held in January. Through lectures, lectures and other cultural events, it highlights the literatures of the world.
Original, the Fest Yves is an event in Breton colors that takes place in the Saint-François district every May.
Dixie Days is a jazz festival that takes place in June on the beaches of Le Havre and Sainte-Adresse.
Polar at the Beach, a literary festival dedicated to detective novels, is organized every year in July. Like the world music festival, Moz'aïques, it takes place in the Z'Estivales, street entertainment taking place throughout the summer.
In September, the feast of the sea unveils the start of a race linking Le Havre in Bahia, Brazil.
Australian Stopover: Exhibition " My Australia"
- From 5 june to 12 september 2021
- 28 Rue du Général Faidherbe, Halle aux poissons
- As part of the Australian Stopover. - Discover the winning photographs of the competition of the association Spot Nature on Australia: photos of urban atmosphere or nature, Australian sports, moments of life, local specificities, reportage, made by amateur or professional photographers. Have a good trip! - Exhibition located in front of the Fish Hall. Free access.
Australian Stopover: Exhibition " Australia, from Sydney to Perth by Running"
- From 5 june to 28 august 2021
- 161 rue de Verdun, Bibliothèque Anne de Graville
- In 2013, montivillon long-distance runner Patrick Malandain crossed Australia from east to west, from Sydney to Perth. After 38 days of running and 3861 kilometers covered at the dizzying average of 100 km per day, he became the new record holder for the crossing of the land of kangaroos. Run fast to see his Australian adventure through photos, video and everyday objects. Patrick Malandain is guest of honour at the Australian March on June 13. - An exhibition to discover : - - from June 5 to August 28 at the Anne de Graville Library. - Free admission, Tuesday-thursday-Friday 13h30-18h, Wednesday and Saturday 10h-12h30 and 13h30-18h. - Meetings with Patrick Malandain: a first meeting with Patrick Malandain is scheduled on Saturday, June 12 at 3pm at the Anne de Graville Library, by reservation on lireauhavre. Fr.
Escale Australienne: Exhibition " Forms of Australia / Forms of Le Havre"
- From 5 june to 28 august 2021
- 1517 Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, Hôtel de Ville
- The exhibition of photographs by Benjamin Fouet proposes a dialogue between images of the Australian landscape, collected during a one-year stay in 2017, with that of Le Havre, drawn from the exploration of the city and its surroundings. - The looks thus crossed reveal the otherness, the one that invites to travel for those who covet strangeness and change of scenery, or the familiar feeling of everyday forms and images that, by analogies, connects us to the distant. - Exhibition in the City Hall forum. Free access.
Australian Stopover: Exhibition " Meeting In West Australia"
- From 5 june to 3 september 2021
- Place du Vieux Marché
- In November 2018, the Havre naturalist and wildlife photographer Frank Deschandol visited the west coast of Australia, whose wealth of wildlife could make all the kangaroos and koalas on the continent forget. - In search of the unknown, yet spectacular reptiles and insects that live in the region, Frank discovered a Western Australia unspoiled by tourism, a mix of canyons and deserts, huge beaches and wild shores… - Frank Deschandol will host three outdoor meetings / conferences. He is guest of honor of the Spot Nature festival 2021 from September 10 to 12 at the Hanging Gardens. - Exhibition located on the Old Market square. Free access.
Australian Port of Call: Surf Life Saving-Introduction to Sports Inshore Rescue
- From 12 june to 5 september 2021
- Boulevard Albert 1er
- Come and discover the richness of the disciplines of Australian rescue: a multi-faceted sport that takes place in the water and / or on the beach, and which allows to become autonomous and responsible in the aquatic environment : to know how to swim, to save oneself and to save others! - Several moments and places await you. Margaux Bailleul will even be there on Saturday, June 12 ! - And don't miss the highlight during the ski weekend ! - Details of activities : - - Demonstration and initiations on Saturday 12 June from 14h to 16h30 at the bassin du commerce: rescue, rescue swim, tube buoy, sea rowing, prone paddle. From 14h to 14h30, simulation of rescue from a sea yole, in the presence of Margaux Bailleul, selected for the Tokyo Olympics ! - - In July and until August 26, initiation to maritime baths at the beach : Mondays and Wednesdays from 14h to 17h and Thursdays from 10h30 to 12h, from 16 years old, on reservation. - - Prone paddle rental at the Bains maritimes in July and August from 12h. - - Competition on Saturday, August 28 at the beach: registrations until August 21 from 16 years old if you have participated in 5 minimum initiations. - - Demonstration on September 4 and 5 at the Bassin du commerce during the Festival of the sea: Saturday from 14h to 18h and Sunday from 10h to 12h and from 14h to 18h.
Australian Stopover: Le Cali, Literary Café
- From 12 june to 13 august 2021
- Les Nuits Vertes takes you on a journey with readings for all ages around Australian literature. - Created in 2019, the itinerant literary café "Le Cali" is a tent offering reading training aloud as well as readings by actors. Literature, contemporary texts, transmission and sharing are the key words of the company's work. - For the Australian stopover, CALI offers two dates entirely devoted to Australian literature… - - Saturday, June 12, place du vieux marché, from 11am to 6pm - - Saturday, August 21 in the gardens of the City Hall, from 10am to 6pm - ... as well as Australian quarter-hours during the other literary cafes scheduled this summer : - - July 3rd and 4th at Square Saint-Roch - - July 23 at Quartiers sud, rue Béreult - - July 30th at the Pauline Kergomare leisure centre - - August 6 in Pré Fleuri (esplanade of the arrival of the tram) in Caucriauville - - August 7th at Rouelles Park - - August 13th at the Pierre Hamet Factory - Have a good trip!
Exhibition:" Portraits of Gardens " by Philippe Léridel
- From 15 june to 29 august 2021
- Rue du Fort
- "Portraits de jardins, un certain regard sur les jardins familiaux du Havre" - Philippe Léridel, born and living in Le Havre, considers himself an amateur author photographer. His work always delivers a sensitive approach to the landscape, it is constantly the reflection of what amazes him, what moves him, what questions him. - "Family gardens are not places of the past but places of exchange, social mix and cooperation. The family garden is a place of creation as opposed to the constrained environment of everyday life. It is from this observation that the project of photographing the gardens, over a long time (the four seasons), was born and an immersive approach seemed to me the most suitable for the project. This photographic production aims to illustrate, with an author's approach, what characterizes family gardens, their social role and their associative values. It was essential to take a global look at the gardens, to take into account their integration into the urban environment of proximity and to integrate elements of detail ; the two perceptions being inseparable for the actors to find themselves in the project. I tried to account for the fact that each garden plot is an original work, even if it is created from elements common to all. The project is not part of a promotional approach, it tries on the contrary to take into account the lived reality : joys/constraints, efforts/rest, solitude/life in a community of interest... I had to define points of vigilance such as not hindering gardeners in their activities, not adopting an intrusive photographic posture and above all not forcing things, in three words: take the time". Philippe Léridel. - Open every day from 10am to 6pm, come and discover its exhibition from June 15th to August 29th at Alvéole 13 !
Exhibition : "Short Circuit"
- From 18 june to 15 september 2021
- 70 Quai Frissard
- By Collective 624 - "Circuit Court "is an exhibition of urban-contemporary art, which will take place from June 18 to September 15, 2021, in the" grenier " of the Docks Vauban shopping center in Le Havre. - This exhibition is curated by Cyrille Gouyette (art historian, urban art specialist, author of Sous le street art, Le Louvre, Ed. Gallimard-Alternatives, 2019). - In reality, "Short Circuit" is much more than an exhibition. It is the writing of a virtuous model between modes of consumption and processes of artistic creation. This exhibition seals an unprecedented partnership that allows the creation of a temporary museum space dedicated to urban-contemporary art, at the heart of a place of mass consumption. - Through" Circuit court", the collective 624 will present monumental immersive installations made with materials from the activities of the shopping center. The exhibition will evoke the origin and transformation of these materials, and will question the mechanics and habits of mass consumption. - Free, without reservation. - Practical information: Entrance : 55 Quai des Antilles - 76600 Le Havre. - Open from Thursday to Sunday from 11am to 7pm.
Notre Dame Night Market
- From 24 june to 2 september 2021
- Rue de Paris
- The night market in the Notre-Dame district is an event not to be missed ! - The 2020 edition was a great success where joy and good understanding were at the rendezvous ! The dynamic spirit of the merchants of the Notre-Dame district has created a festive and summer atmosphere with an omnipresent holiday feeling. - The association's night market is the perfect opportunity to discover brand new local merchants who offer a wide range of products, from fruits and vegetables to handcrafted jewelry and musical instruments, not to mention local artists. - Every Thursday from 18h to 22h, from June 24 to September 2.
Exhibition:" Necrocean " by Théo Mercier
- From 26 june to 26 september 2021
- 30 Rue Gabriel Péri, Le Portique
- The Portico welcomes the artist Théo Mercier, whose practice extends from the field of visual arts to live performance, questioning movement, flow and mutation. Transformation of a world in perpetual motion. The exhibition "Necrocean" is a mysterious journey, which exhumes objects, inscribing them in a new organic cycle. They are hybrid specimens, which, far from being vestiges and ruins of an extinct civilization, attest to the process of metamorphosis that operates for every species, every material. Nothing disappears, everything transforms… - Resulting from a work carried out with artisans from Southern Mexico, the works, specially designed for the Havraise exhibition, reveal new forms. Rescued from Mexico City garbage cans, tires, chairs, plastic bottles, by artistic gesture, take on new life and body. Théo Mercier makes it the syntax of his poetic and artistic language. - With the word " Necrocean ", the artist tells the story that these objects carry, the traditions and cultural traces of which they are the heirs, but also the path carried by the works, from Guerrero, where the craftsmen work, to Le Havre. The exhibition evokes the world of the sea as an invitation to travel, but also and above all as a space for the transfer and circulation of materials, goods, objects and waste that is sometimes called the plastic continent. The exhibition tells and crosses this complex question of globalization and the sea as a place-transfer, a place where everything is allowed and everything is controlled at the same time. - "It tells of the ocean that separates Mexico from France, the place where objects circulate, live, die and last. It is also a way of speaking concretely about the "remote" and transatlantic production process specific to this project that I specifically thought of for Le Havre. The place where the work is shown and the way in which it is produced are for me subjects in themselves ; that is why I want to imagine as soon as possible specific pieces for the places that invite me". - Free admission, from Tuesday to Sunday from 1pm to 7pm. - The Portal welcomes you in complete health safety: the wearing of the mask is mandatory and hydroalcoholic gel is available.