A walk in Le Havre

A walk in Le Havre to discover this Unesco World Heritage city.

The city of Le Havre was completely destroyed by the Allied bombing in September 1944. During the post-war reconstruction, it was decided not to rebuild the city identically but to build a new city turned towards the future. The architect Auguste Perret was called upon to build a rectilinear city with a checkerboard plan, with reinforced concrete being used for the majority of the buildings. This singular architecture has caused a lot of ink to flow, but in 2005 UNESCO recognized the exceptional character of the city of Le Havre by including it in its list of world heritage sites.

Has this classification brought more visitors to Le Havre? It is allowed to doubt it. Le Havre still suffers from the comparison with the magnificent Norman cities located a few kilometers away (√Čtretat, Deauville, Honfleur...).

Le Havre is worth a visit if you are in Normandy, but half a day is more than enough to visit the city centre.

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Duration: 4 h.

The Bassin du Commerce footbridge

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The Bassin du Commerce footbridge
The walk begins at the Bassin du Commerce footbridge in the city centre. The city has many docks that are used for port activity.

The volcanoes of Le Havre

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The volcanoes of Le Havre
The volcano-shaped building does not date from the time of the reconstruction of Le Havre but from the 1980s. It is the work of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. There are in fact 2 volcanoes: the Great Volcano which contains a theatre and just next to it the Small Volcano which contains a library

The Town Hall

The Town Hall
The town hall was inaugurated in 1958. This city was governed for a long time by the communists, the architecture feels a bit like that.

The church of Saint Joseph in Le Havre

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The church of Saint Joseph in Le Havre
The Saint-Joseph church of Le Havre has become an emblematic building of the city of Le Havre, you can visit the interior outside of religious services.

A street in Le Havre

A street in Le Havre
You can always take great pictures and magnify the places you visit but sometimes it is good to take a natural picture that simply shows the reality. This style of architecture may not appeal to everyone.

Notre-Dame du Havre Cathedral

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Notre-Dame du Havre Cathedral
There are still some old buildings that were not completely destroyed by the 1944 bombings. Its construction began in 1575.

The arch of the containers

The arch of the containers
Two arches made up of a pile of ship containers have been built as a reminder of the town's main activity.

The restaurants along the docks

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The restaurants along the docks
The typical architecture of Le Havre can be found everywhere.

Les ferries

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Les ferries
Le Havre is still a very industrial port with many port facilities. You can see the huge ferries linking with Portsmouth in England in the heart of the city.

The Bassin du Commerce footbridge

The Bassin du Commerce footbridge
You can cross the trade basin by the footbridge.

View of the footbridge

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View of the footbridge
At the top of the footbridge you have a magnificent view of the city centre of Le Havre.

The beaches

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The beaches
The beaches of Le Havre are not located immediately in the city center, you will have to walk 20 minutes to get there. They are pebble beaches (for the amateurs). Difficult to find a parking place in high season.
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