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  • Founded in 1516 by Francis Ist according to town-planning brought over from Italy by Siennois Bellarmato, Le Havre was well acquainted with the lightning development requested by the King of France: that of the first commercial and military port in the kingdom. The city also paid the price for it, as 80% of it was destroyed by the bombings of World War II. Devastated as it was, a local architect, Auguste ...
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  • 500 metres from the city centre, you can take advantage of a mile long beach made up of pebbles and sand.
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  • The beach cabanas of Le Havre have contributed to the city's reputation. Ever since they were created, they have inspired many painters.
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  • It is France's second largest port in terms of size, and its first in terms of the value of the goods treated. Next to the citadel you will find a small fishing port.
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  • Destroyed during the Second World War, the city centre of Le Havre was entirely rebuilt between 1945 and 1964. It now appears on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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  • The city of Le Havre was classified as a seaside resort in 1999. The beach has, in particular, the largest open-air skatepark in France.
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  • It is 1.33 miles long and connects Le Havre to the town of Honfleur, in Calvados. More than thirty thousand vehicles use it daily.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination France

Founded in 1516 by Francis Ist according to town-planning brought over from Italy by Siennois Bellarmato, Le Havre was well acquainted with the lightning development requested by the King of France: that of the first commercial and military port in the kingdom. The city also paid the price for it, as 80% of it was destroyed by the bombings of World War II.
Devastated as it was, a local architect, Auguste Perret, succeeded Bellarmato in his restoration works centuries later, as he imagined the most coherent urban plan of reconstruction ever to be created in France.
A welcome addition to the 'pre-war' remains was thus this 20th century architectural heritage, completed in 1981, with the 'volcanic' inauguration of the 'Maison de la Culture' designed by the Brazilian architect Niemeyer.

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