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.
- From 25 may to 29 june 2019
- La Forme, 8 Rue Pierre Faure
- Invited by La Forme to design a presentation of his recent work, - Hélène Delépine selected a number of works - Representative of its production of the last three years. Specially - For this exhibition, she also produced pieces - Large format, inspired by urban tags and titled - Neoclassical signs.
Behind the Scenes: Guided Tour of the Recycling Center, Second Life of Materials
- On 20 june 2019
- Quai du Rhin
- The discovery of the innovative process of the Veolia Propreté sorting center (Center Sein'Estuaire, Le Havre), will allow you to understand what is becoming of our recyclable packaging, and the resources that can be drawn from it. - Max membership: 30 people - Minimum age: 10 years - Visit disadvised to people wearing a pacemaker. For security reasons, the wearing of adapted shoes (flat) is required.
Match Women's World Cup, Sweden - USA
- On 20 june 2019
- Stade Océane, Boulevard Leningrad
- Organized by FIFA. - Group match, the Stade Océane welcomes this year some matches of the women's football world cup
End of Day on a Sailboat In Havre Bay
- On 21 june 2019
- Quai Eric Tabarly, Sport Nautique et Plaisance du Havre
- What could be more enjoyable than a stroll at sea to enjoy the last hours of the day? - On board a sailboat that can accommodate people with disabilities or disabilities, you will have the opportunity to train you to navigation and enjoy the bay of Le Havre and its cliffs seen from the sea. Good mood, friendliness and security provided by the qualified guides of Sport Nautique and Plaisance du Havre! - All ages - Duration: 2.5 hours - Mandatory reservation - Rates: 50 € / person. Family Pass at 35 € / pers. From 3 pers.
Mr. Donington Concert
- On 21 june 2019
- Hôtel Dubocage de Bléville, 1 Rue Jérôme Bellarmato
- Repetitions of 60's songs (Neil Young, Beatles etc.) in guitar, voice and harmonica
Wire Drawing and Sport
- On 22 june 2019
- Rue Charles Porta
- This route around the room Le Bourvellec invites you to discover an important chapter in the history of the sport of Le Havre, that of the practices encouraged by the companies. In this field, Lazare Weiller, founder of Tréfileries and Laminoirs, is a pioneer in financing, from 1898, a gymnastics society that became, in 1918, the famous Union sportive des Tréfileries. - RDV: at the corner of Jules Durant Boulevard and Charles Porta Street, Le Havre
- On 22 june 2019
- Fort de Tourneville, Rue du 329e Régiment d'Infanterie
- Two treasure hunts will take place on June 22, 2019 at Fort de Tourneville at 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm, in collaboration with the MAM Les jeunes Pousses! - From 6 years old, for a moment in family. - 4 € per child, a free accompanying adult and 2 € for additional adults. Duration: 1h Reservations at the MAM Young Pousses: +33 6 81 81 55 44 or [email protected] The Rendez-vous is fixed in front of the archives.
The swimming pool of the Cours de la République, Art Déco masterpiece
- On 29 june 2019
- 37 Cours de la République
- The visit of the first municipal swimming pool of Le Havre, built at the instigation of Jules Deschaseaux, by André Lenoble from 1937, offers you some surprises... Behind the beautiful Art Deco facade, restored in 2012, hides an unexpected suspended basin and impressive machinery. - RDV: 37 courts of the Republic, Le Havre
Exhibition Stephan Balkenhol
- From 29 june to 29 september 2019
- 28, Rue Gabriel Péri
- Exhibition of Stephan Balkenhol as part of a Summer in Le Havre, from June 29 to September 29, 2019. - Internationally renowned artist, Stephan Balkenhol has conquered both urban and museum spaces with his realistic sculptures. For example, a statue of Jean Moulin erected in Metz station or a series of three sculptures (Torwächter), in the heart of a shopping center in Berlin (DomAquaré), representing "gatekeepers", three oversized figures and mounted on wooden pillars. - His work, replaying traditional statuary, is immediately identifiable. Balkenhol has a signature: the work of wood, his favorite material, which he exhibits imperfections and ribs.
The Summer Musical Hours
- On 7 july 2019
- 20 place Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, Eglise Saint-Vincent-de-Paul
- Free organ concert offered by the association Connaissance de l'organ.