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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  • August 15, 2017
    With only 1 day in Saint-Mere-Eglise and beautiful weather we were delighted to find the Kit M App brochure at the tourist information centre. Download this app for free. It gives you a GPS guided tou...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    A super fun Museum moving well done with several building. Truly one of the best on this theme.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Here are exhibited several artifacts from the 2. World War II and, of course, the famous church with the surviving skydiver. There is a museum with entrance hall and several shops. Very nice city where information signs telling of the time back then
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  • April 25, 2017
    Very well preserved church. The interior is like a country church and there is much history to see here.
  • May 30, 2016
    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.
  • April 18, 2017
    The most amazing and unique stained glass window you'll ever see.
  • November 4, 2016
    Beautiful little church. I love the stained-glass window with the US paratroopers.
  • July 25, 2016
    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.

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