The English translation for Le Havre is ‘the harbor’ and Le Havre is the busiest seaport in France.
Allied bombing raids in September 1944 killed 3,000 civilians during the Normandy invasion and all but destroyed the city. The rebuilding of the town was completed by August Perret and most of the restoration was done with reinforced concrete. Because of this undertaking, Le Havre is now listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site. Attractions in Le Havre include a hilltop garden with panoramic views of the city, a towering church with a captivating stained-glass tower, and a museum full of captivating paintings completed by several artists.

1. St. Joseph’s Church
Belgian Auguste Perret’s incredible architecture for this church is a Neo-gothic modern design that really shows what can be accomplished with reinforced concrete. The temple is a 107-meter (351 feet) tall self-supporting tower that showers you with amazing sunlight shining through stained glass. The church has a presence that can be seen from almost anywhere in Le Havre and it is a guiding light for all marine traffic at night when the lights are lit in the tower.

2. Museum of Modern Art André Malraux
The Museum of Modern Art is a steel and glass building of very modern styling and is located next to the marina in Le Havre. The museum houses nearly five centuries of art and since the late 19th-century, Le Havre has been the home or birthplace of several exceptional artists like Monet, Dufy, Dubuffet, Friesz, and Braque. The museum also contains the most comprehensive collection in the world of Eugène Boudin’s art.