Le Havre France
Le Havre – a city almost completely destroyed in World War Two – is one of France’s most interesting tourist destinations. Rebuilt after the war by Auguste Perret, a renowned Belgian architect, Le Havre is an exhibition of modernist architecture and culture. Considered to be one of the 20th century’s most significant achievements, modern Le Havre is now recognised as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are several places of interest in Le Havre including the must-visit Saint Joseph Church.[ReadMoreMob] The church features an incredible 350ft octagonal lantern tower and serves as a symbol of Perret’s influence on the city. There are also several museums and galleries for you to visit including the Musée Malraux, which houses a fabulous collection of Impressionist works – said to be the second best in France after Paris - by artists such as Monet, Renoir and Degas.
The Church of Saint Joseph features a stunningly original octagonal tower. The Volcan takes the shape of a dramatic white cone. The André Malraux Museum was the first rebuilt in post-war France.
The birthplace of Impressionism
Monet's sketch of Le Havre's port: Impression, Sunrise, inspired and named Impressionism. The artist was born here, in a city which also inspired Pissarro, Sisley, Boudin and Jongkind among others.