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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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  • Depending on where your starting point is can best drive for a piece of this village. Since there are many museums in the region and you can do them all is whether you visit this village rather depending on whether you wish to visit or not. If not it is a short drive for nothing. The only thing you see is a replica doll on the church tower and a small typical village which is 100% on tourists (money). Not far off is of course also June Beaches, in combination to do better.
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  • Essential, point 0 of the road of freedom... he had to see for complete knowledge of the history of liberation.
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  • Good starting point to the landing beaches, to visit Mémorials, museums, military cemeteries. The Airborne Museum is well worth a detailed visit.
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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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