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Sainte Mere Eglise, Sainte-Mere-Eglise

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Sainte Mere Eglise is perhaps the most famous D-Day village. Street panels around the town explain the operations of the US paratroopers. In the square, a parachute effigy still dangles from the church, commemorating what happened to John Steele when his parachute snagged on the spire. Inside the church is a stained-glass window featuring the Virgin and child, surrounded by paratroopers. Monuments in the area include the 82nd Airborne plate, 505th Parachute regiment stele, and Sainte-Mère-Église liberators stele. Use our Sainte-Mere-Eglise vacation generator to visit Sainte Mere Eglise on your trip to Sainte-Mere-Eglise, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Knew the city only from a film "the longest day" very impressive and also a pretty French town.
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  • In the Church are booklets where visitors can leave messages. The Church itself is not so special, the story with John Steele, all the more.
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  • Must visit, and it is really part of the second war and the museum is the best one of the second war. The museum is amazing and also very interactive. 
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  • This church and the stained glass window has been a significant piece of my upbringing. Seeing the replica at Ft. Bragg was spectacular...but here now, in real life is indescribable. It was my first time seeing the paratrooper prayer. Although It is quite possible my grandmother previously shared it with me years ago. Things are just different now.
  • Beautiful little church. I love the stained-glass window with the US paratroopers.
  • This small town was key during the days that followed D-Day. On one occasion, a soldier from the Airborne was stuck in the bell tower, they keep a model parachute in his honor. When planning to visit Normandy, visit, you should watch The Longest Day by Ken Annakin, Darryl F. Zanuck, Bernhard Wicki, Andrew Marton and Gerd Oswald first.
  • Famous place where the paratrooper got stuck on the church tower.
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