Le Havre

 NORMANDY SEINNE-MARITIME le havreLe Havre (pop.180,000) is one of the most populated port city’s in Upper Normandy and home to the second busiest port in France, hence being simply named, ‘the port’ or ‘the harbour’. Its importance in French sea trade made it a target of bombing during the Battle of Normandy. This raided the city, causing the entire city to be rebuilt later, by Auguste Perret. This project created a new image of modernity and optimism for the city, allowing it to be named on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, in 2005.

The Place de I’Hotel de Ville marks the city square, which is evident in the four roads that surround it. Avenue Foch runs west from it, towards the pleasure port at Blvd Albert. Rue de Paris, runs south from the Place de I’Hotel, cutting through the cultural centre- Le Volcan. Blvd de Stratsbourg runs east of the Place de I’Hotel, towards the train station [Cours de la République 12]. For bus services within and around Le Havre, head to Place de I’Hotel de Ville [15 rue Jules Lecesne], where tickets are sold.  Quatier St Francois, marks the old city of Le Havre, which is five blocks southeast of Le Volcan.




he centrepiece of the city built by Perret, is Église St Joseph [Bd. François-Ier, +33 235422003 ]. It was erected by the architect himself between 1951 and 1959, with 13 000 panels of coloured glass that paint the interior in bright hues when it is sunny.

Le Havre also boasts a local art museum, Musée Malraux [2 Boulevard Clemenceau,+33 235196262  www.ville-lehavre.fr ad/ch €6/3] which houses mainly impressionist works, with a section specially dedicated to their local artist, Fauvist Raoul Dufy.

Another iconic Le Havre building is Le Volcan [www.levolcan.com] . It is the city’s cultural hub, built by Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer. It features the congregation of many concert halls and cinemas, in one place.