Updated on 18 December 2020
From imposing medieval strongholds to peaceful half-timbered residences with thatched roofs, Normandy is a land rich in castles and manor houses.
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Many prestigious monuments remain as illustrations of Norman military architecture from the days when English kings were Dukes of Normandy, such as the castles of Caen and Falaise (Calvados), Château-Gaillard at Les Andelys, Gisors and Harcourt (Eure).
The châteaux of Balleroy, Saint-Germain-de-Livet (Calvados), Bizy, Champ-de-Bataille (Eure), Carrouges, Le Haras du Pin (Orne), the Manoir d’Ango in Varengeville-sur-Mer (Seine-Maritime) are fine examples of grandiose non-military architecture.
These rich residences occasionally recall prominent historical figures, such as Henri IV and Chateaubriand at Fervaques (Calvados), Michelet at Vascoeuil (Eure) or Guy de Maupassant in Miromesnil (Seine-Maritime).
Some castles and châteaux house museums too:
Some are also famous for the beauty of their parks and gardens: