Published on 4 May 2020
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Normandy enjoys such rich history and heritage that it is hardly surprising that there are so many UNESCO World Heritage Sites here – take a look!
The Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay
The “Marvel of the West” and its bay have been listed since 1979. This granitic outcrop, marking the frontier between Normandy and Brittany never ceases to amaze, and is best seen in the period of flood tides when it becomes a true island again.
The Vauban Forts
Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban was the famous fortress builder for King Louis XIV. Two of the forts are in Normandy and are among those that have been selected for the World Heritage list. One is at Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, the other on the nearby island of Tatihou, both serving to protect the harbour entrance to Saint-Vaast.
Le Havre, obliterated in September 1944, was reconstructed according to the plans of Auguste Perret, thereby creating a town that serves as a perfect example of modern architecture.
the Bayeux Tapestry
Not a site but an artifact: the Bayeux Tapestry has been listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register since 2007. It is in fact a 70-metre long embroidery justifying the conquest of England in 1066 by William the Conqueror.