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.
Thursdays Aperitif Shopping
- From 18 june to 27 august 2020
- Place des Halles Centrales
- Reconciling drink, shopping and music, it is now possible every Thursday this summer! - From Thursday, June 18, the City of Le Havre CCI Seine Estuary and four trade associations of the city center are experimenting with "Thursdays Happy Hour Shopping", prompting traders to open up to 21h. - Musical entertainment with local and regional artists will be held from 18h to 21h. Street musicians, bands and bandas will stroll in the streets secure from downtown where many outdoor cafes and restaurants are permitted to expand. The conditions necessary to avoid groups of over 10 people and ensure compliance barriers gestures and social distancing. - All Havre, traders, such as customers, are expected to maintain the respect of the barriers and distancing gestures.
Exhibit at Tetris / Summer 2020 at Le Havre
- From 27 june to 6 september 2020
- 33 Rue du 329ème Ri
- Entrusted to Tetris, current music scene of Le Havre, exhibit! Is the "digital arts" part of A Summer In Le Havre. - The Tetris, scene curious contemporary music, moved the summer time, a meeting point for digital arts and cultures in Normandy. - The digital media creation and has opened new avenues of artistic exploration that have borrowed many artists in the image of Lawrence Malstaf Alex Verhaest Marco Barotti Julie Stephen Chheng or collective in-dialog and-tiny, guests for this third edition of Exhibit. - Exhibit is also a playground to experiment and deepen the digital world. A workshop (FabLab) is open to all those wishing to explore the creative possibilities offered by digital tools. - Meetings and many shops also open perspectives for understanding this digital world that surrounds us. - All public and free admission
Guided Tour of the Abbey Graville
- From 1 july to 31 august 2020
- Rue de l'Abbaye
- Guided tour of the Abbey Graville - From July 1 to August 31, 2020 - Abbey Graville - Every day in July and August: - 14.30: Exposure Discovery So romantic (30min); - 15:30: Visit Discovery Family (Wednesdays only); - 16h30: Discovery of the abbey and its history (30min). - Limited places: 9 persons + 1 guide - Apart from guided tours, the museum is free to visit! - From 1 April to 31 October inclusive: - - from 10 am to 12:30 and 13:45 to 18h, - Every day except Tuesdays, 1 and 8 May and 14 July - From 1 November to 31 March inclusive: - - from 10:30 to 12:30 and from 1:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., - Every day except Tuesday, November 11th, December 25th and January 1st. - For all - Visit included in the entrance fee, booking at +33 2 35 41 69 17 - Admission: € 5 / € 3. Free for children under 26 and the first Saturday of the month.
Louise She's Crazy
- From 4 to 5 july 2020
- 56 bis Rue Bougainville
- Gastronomy - theater show- - Louise, she is crazy after the work of Leslie Kaplan Cécile Bouillot and Stephanie Rongeot - From 4 to 5 July 2020 - home kifailangle - Saturday, July 4 at 18h and Sunday 5 July at 11 am - As part of our weekends of the basics - outdoor theater - First 2 weekends of July: - Aperitif Theater / Coffee or tea-hearth? - Because the theater is essential to our lives, offer to come and share with us these representations. - An absurd text but not that much! A very good time to share. - To discover. - From years 12 YEARS - Reservation required: +33 6 60 96 58 08/+33 6 19 43 61 10 - 13 € and 10 € (-of 26 years and job seekers) - Proposals and greedy déconfinées are offered by First Mets 2.00 € to 5.00 €
Fresh wind in the Territory!
- From 4 july to 29 august 2020
- 19 Rue Georges Braque
- Le Havre Seine Metropole offers a breath of fresh air by traveling during the summer the rural communities of the territory of the urban community with cultural shows and entertainment to the whole family. Clown, music, storytelling, hiking, nature experience... you will inevitably find your happiness in this summer program which wants friendly and close to the people. Tap into the 12 performances and 11 events it offers moments of escape and joy and enjoy this new opportunity to explore our common. - You will find on the following link all information https://www.lehavreseinemetropole.fr/actualite/la-metropole-en-scene - All these appointments are free on booking on the site http://www.lehavremetro.fr
GUIDED TOUR: "Policy and Commitment" / Cemetery Ste Marie
- On 5 july 2020
- 2 Rue Eugène Landoas
- These thematic tours are offered throughout the year on the first Sunday of each month for subscribers to 15h. These free two-hour tours are provided by a licensed tour guide by the Ministry of Culture. - The cemetery Sainte-Marie is one of seven cemeteries Havre. It is characterized by its vast size, its thousands of tombs, and its remarkable landscape setting. Established in 1851, near Fort Tourneville, on the grounds of an old farmhouse, this large cemetery outside the walls is intended to accommodate the graves of the oldest urban cemeteries - as Saint-Roch - phased in heart of city, mainly for reasons of hygiene, and mostly transformed into public gardens. - St. Mary knows successive enlargements, to become a real monumental cemetery, in the same vein as the Parisian Père Lachaise (1804). The man of the nineteenth century so concerned at the continuing her memory, the "worship of the tombs." This new attitude to death ensures the success of perpetual concessions and multiplication of guarding buildings or to exalt the memory of the deceased. - The cemetery Sainte-Marie is a place of remembrance and contemplation, a place of memory and collective history, too, where the past can be read in Le Havre. This place of heritage is managed by the City
CONCERT: "Les Heures Musicales summer"
- From 5 to 26 july 2020
- 20 Place Saint-vincent-de-paul
- Concert - Summer Musical hours - The show, always - On 5 July 2020 to 17: 30 - Church of St. Vincent de Paul - On July 12, 2020-17: 30 - Church of St. Vincent de Paul - On July 19, 2020-17: 30 - Church of St. Vincent de Paul - On July 26, 2020-17: 30 - Church of St. Vincent de Paul - For all - Free admission, limited seating available
Guided tour of the exhibition "Electric Nights" / Muma
- From 5 july to 13 september 2020
- 2 Boulevard Clemenceau
- Discover the exhibition Electric nights at MuMa accompanied by a cultural mediator of the museum. - On July 5, 2020 - The July 12, 2020 - The July 19, 2020 - The July 26, 2020 - On August 2, 2020 - On August 9, 2020 - On August 16, 2020 - On August 23, 2020 - On August 30, 2020 - On September 6, 2020 - The September 13, 2020 - Meet at the museum reception. Possibility to register 60 minutes before the time of the visit on the spot with the reception staff. - On presentation of the ticket, subject to availability (25 places per tour). - If the minimum number of 6 is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the tour and to replace it with a simple introduction. - Warning: no visit 20 September 2020 (European Heritage Days) - Free visit provided with your ticket
Guided tour Exhibition "Electric Nights" / Muma
- From 5 july to 13 september 2020
- 2 Boulevard Clemenceau
- Discover the exhibition Electric nights at MuMa accompanied by a cultural mediator of the museum. - Sunday 5- 12- 19- 26 July 2020 - Sunday 2 16-23-30 9 August 2020 - Sunday 6 and September 13, 2020 - Meet at the museum reception. Possibility to register 60 minutes before the time of the visit on the spot with the reception staff. - On presentation of the ticket, subject to availability (25 places per tour). - If the minimum number of 6 is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the tour and to replace it with a simple introduction. - Warning: no visit 20 September 2020 (European Heritage Days)
- From 5 july to 6 september 2020
- Chaussée Lamandé
- Japanese Garden: Discover a stunning green setting in the heart of Le Havre! - Every Sunday at 14:30 or 3:30 p.m. - Wellness and harmony will be among the themes of this unusual visit. - A visit organized in partnership with the GPMH, the Grand Port Maritime du Havre, owner of this garden created in 1992 to seal the friendship between the ports of Osaka and Le Havre. - In the current health context, the number of visitors is limited to 9 people. Thank you to respect the physical barrier and distancing gestures. The compulsory wearing of masks and hydroalcolique gel will be available. - Reservations required via https://resa.lehavre-etretat-tourisme.com/activity/jardin-japonais - Meet at the entrance of the garden at least 5 minutes before the start of the visit.