Cathedrale Notre-Dame, Le Havre

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One of Le Havre's oldest buildings, Cathedrale Notre-Dame stands among a few lucky structures to have survived the destruction of World War II, although it did sustain heavy damage. Originally built in the 16th century, the church underwent multiple rounds of remodeling and reconstruction in the following centuries. When you visit the centrally located cathedral, it's hard to miss the building's unusually low profile, which stems from its construction on marshy ground. The cathedral features a mix of architectural styles, including an ornate Baroque exterior facade combined with a late medieval-era bell tower. Be sure to enter the building to explore its vaulted halls and naves, a collection of crucifixes, and the remains of an organ from the 1600s. You can plan Le Havre trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • A cathedral that has not left us a lasting memory! It's a sad, soulless church!
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  • Rebuilt after severe war damage and currently undergoing more work which has covered the building in scaffolding. Bit of a search for an open door and the inside was rather gloomy, although to be fair...  more »
  • Le Havres Cathedral is one of the only buildings that survived the bombs in 1944. The church was constructed between 1575 and 1648 as the last of a number of buildings in the same place, the first of which was constructed in the 1100. The church is architecturally characterized by both flamboyant gothic, baroque and classicism. The most impressive is perhaps the façade, which due to renovation was covered when I visited Le Havre in August 2019. Inside, the church is a three-ship basilica, with a nice and far but also fairly simple room with individual paintings. On the other hand, you can enjoy the beautiful architecture. There are probably divided opinions on whether the reconstruction of Le Havre has succeeded well or less well. While I stayed in the city for some days, however, I was happy every time I saw a building of older date. The best of these surviving buildings of older date is undoubtedly the Cathédrale Notre-Dame.
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