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Culture of Normandy. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Calvados, Manche and Orne departments have a huge number of fascinating attractions that can hardly be visited all in one visit to Normandy. Perhaps the most impressive historical monuments can be found in Calvados. The famous allied landing in Normandy was on its territory. Caen Memorial Museum is dedicated to this event. Moreover, the museum has one of the biggest expositions dedicated to the Second World War. Falaise Memorial is dedicated to life and survival of civilians during the War. The Museum of the Atlantic Wall in Ouistreham is a remarkable place you should definitely visit. There are also museums dedicated to the history of the struggle against fascism in Vierville-sur-Mer, Merville-Franceville-Plage, Arromanches-les-Bains, Bayeux, Courseulles-sur-Mer and Ranville.
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However, Bayeux is famous not only for the events of the Second World War. The magnificent monument of medieval history, a tapestry of Bayeux, created at the end of 11 is held here. It was officially recognized by UNESCO as part of the world heritage. Bayeux Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Bayeux which is built on the site of the crypt of the 3rd century. The first Romanesque part of the 11th century was rebuilt several times, and only in the 15th century, the temple got its final appearance. Do not pass by Caen Castle, built by William the Conqueror in 1060. The construction was sieged and bombarded for several times but it is still a well preserved ancient monument. The old port in Honfleur also deserves your attention.
Manche Department also has several museums dedicated to the Second World War. Among them are the Airborne Museum in Saint-Mer-Eglise and Utah Beach Landing Museum in Saint-Marie-du-Mont. Don’t miss a chance to go to the Mont Saint Michel Abbey. It is a fortress located on the island of the same name. The monastery was supposedly founded in 807 as a temple. Then, the cult building grew in size, and it acquired a fortress wall in the 12th century. Currently, the monastery functions and about fifty brothers live here but every tourist can come to this place and admire its beauty. The Mont Saint Michel Abbey is included in the UNESCO world heritage list. Copyright
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Besides the abbey, you can come to Manche Department and visit Tourp manor in Omonville-la-Rogue, Cornille Havard bell foundry from the 19th century in Villedieu-les-Poêles, the Vauban towers in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue and Christian Dior Museum in Granville. There is an old Gatteville Lighthouse in Bafleur which will definitely amaze those who are interested in navigation. Cherbourg is beautiful itself. Moreover, there is the City of the Sea maritime museum. Barfleur is an old city with curious attractions. Granville is perfect for those who love to walk along narrow streets and explore ancient houses which stand here for several centuries. You can see beautiful buildings with white facades in the coastal area here.
Cherbourg France Submarine Museum If you have enough time, be sure to walk along the streets of the local villages. There are many houses built in medieval style in Beuvron-en-Auge. There is an ancient mansion which was built more than five centuries ago and an old railway station built in 1879. Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei is a village where you can find a church of the 9th century. Le Beck-Ellouin is famous for the abbey of the same name built in the 11th century. La Trappe Abbey perfectly demonstrates the architectural style of the Middle Ages. Abbey of Saint Wandrille was built in the 7th century and have been ransacked for several times.
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Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Normandy and around
♥   Art museum 'Musée des Beaux-Arts' Caen, 22.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Normandy
♥   Basilique Notre-Dame de l’Immaculée-Conception, Sées, 67.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Sées, 67.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Havre, Le Havre, 69.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Notre-Dame de l’Espérance, Pontmain, 74.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Notre-Dame d’Alençon, Alençon, 78.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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France is the most popular and visited country, and Paris the most toured city in the world. This is not surprising because the country has an incredibly rich cultural history. Millions of people go to France to get acquainted with its architecture, castles, amazing museums and enjoy the spirit of its historic streets. In France, there are also museums with unique collections of old art pieces, exhibitions of ultra-modern popular authors and monuments of architecture of different times. One of the most ancient cultural constructions of the country is the Mezon Carre ("square house"), located in Provence. It was founded in the 1st century BC and is a temple of ancient Roman temple. Even the orthodox Catholics did not destroy the majestic structure. They converted it into a temple. … Open
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