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    Statue of J.F. Millet

    by darkjedi Written Apr 14, 2008

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    In the public gardens under the shadow of Fort Roule lies this statue. Built in marble and bronze on its base of granite , it was the work of Chapu and Bouteiller. It was inaugurated in 1892 to the glory of the painter of the Hague.

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    Visit a Church

    by ranger49 Updated Oct 28, 2007

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    La Basilique de la Ste. Trinite

    Dating from the 11th Century the church is situated between the centre of the old town and the sea.
    Construction took place between the 11th and 19th century which may explain the contrasting styles and materials that can be seen in the design and fabric of the building. The overall effect for me was of a rather dead but flamboyant gothic style.

    It does however possess a rare 15th century Font, some fine alabaster relief work, a famous organ and some stained glass by the 20th Century artist Jean Gaudin.

    So do not be put off by its gloomy exterior - it is well worth taking a look inside.

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    Cite de la Mer

    by ranger49 Written Oct 28, 2007

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    The oceanographic museum was created within the old Transatlantic Liner Terminal and will be of interest to boys and girls of all ages. It included the opportunity to experience the sensation of being inside a submarine and to view relics from a ship sunk off Cherbourg during the American war of Independence.

    Admission for adults is about 14euros 50, about 9 euros for children . A full visit takes 3 hours so a good one for a rainy day.

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    Parks and Gardens

    by ranger49 Updated Oct 28, 2007

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    We love to visit parks, gardens and castles but unfortunately did not have time on this short trip so here are a few we have earmarked for a future visit.

    http://www.ville-cherbourg.fr/uk/tourism_discovery/cultural_heritage/monuments/the_chateau_des_ravalet/default.asp

    Seems you also get a bit of historic aristocratic scandal at the Chateau (above).

    http://www.ville-cherbourg.fr/uk/tourism_discovery/parks__gardens/the_emmanuel_liais_garden/the_emmanuel_liais_garden/default.asp

    http://www.ville-cherbourg.fr/uk/tourism_discovery/parks__gardens/the_montebello_botanical/the_montebello_botanical/default.asp

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    Watch over the world's largest deep water port

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 5, 2007
    Look accurately and see the huge port of Cherbourg
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    Cherbourg used to have several small harbours along it's coastline, however, the architects of Napoleon saw possibilities to create a huge bassin. Large enough to house now-a-days a whole fleet of cruiseships or then a full armada of warships. On the seabed a half circle of submerged rocks, made it possible to make artificial islands with in between stone harbour walls. Few gateways secured a deep and safe entrance into the bassin, where ships could anchor safely from large waves, storm winds or enemy ships. In Cherbourg itself the enormousness of the harbour can be best seen from the olf fortress terraces, but from view points near Anse-du-Brick (Maupertus) in the East and the old church of Querqueville in the West, the seize of the harbour also can be witnessed.

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    A visit to the sea

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 5, 2007
    Cite de la Mer, definately something to do
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    Cité de la Mer (City of the sea) is a really great museum for young and old. We all know of the great past of Marine exploration that France holds (think of Jacques Cousteau and you know enough). This museum tells about the submerged secrets of the seas and oceans, the colourful marine life and the history of sea exploration. Cité de la Mer is also very interesting for children, that get explicit attention throughout the various sections in the museum. The museum is situated in the magnificent building of what used to be the Transatlantic "Station"

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    Walk by masts, sails, anchors etc.

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 5, 2007
    Endles masts on the horizon
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    All aboard? Well no, we didn't have the pleasure of coming here by boat, nor hopped on a rental. And one doesn;t have to go on board to enjoy the wonderful yaughts, sailing boats and other ships that are in the many many harbours in the port of Cherbourg. Over twenty kilometers, the town suprised me in the amount of larger and smaller bassins for boats. In the center one can't miss the central docks and harbour piers. Thousands of ships lay here and they variete from small private yaughts to beautiful three mast barks. Do you want to go out to sea? There are possibilities in booking fishing trips on the English Channel. Highlight in Cherbourg is the museum ship "Belem" (see seperate Tip).

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    A famous sailing ship in the harbour of Cherbourg

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 5, 2007
    Another wonderful sailing ship in Cherbourg
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    In the inner docks of the Cherbourg harbour one can visit one of France's most famous (and most impressive) sailing ships. It is the "Belem", which has a home port the harbour of Cherbourg. This three mast bark sailed the seven oceans and is a pure beauty. In the outer harbour, near the Saint-Trinity church, another museumship also attracts the view with it's colourful flags.

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    Saint Trinity church, a sailors sanctuary

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 5, 2007
    Saint Trinity in Cherbourg, a fine sight
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    The most wonderful church in this maritime town is the Saint-Trinity, which is situated at the main harbour in the centre of town. The church is built in a fine gothic style, but has some romanesk parts from it's original predecessor. Inside the organ and several beautiful statues are the main attractions to this basilica church. With the maritime history and traditions of Cherbourg, one can imagine that this is truely a sailors sanctuary. Many marine men as well as sailing visitors temperarily in Cherbourg, devote themselves here on Sunday to a prayer for good weather at sea.

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    Abbey of Notre Dame de Voeu

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 5, 2007
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    Close to the (military) marine parts of the harbour of Cherbourg, one can visit the ruins of the old abbey of Notre Dame de Voeu. This ancient abbey found it's origin in the 12th century and didn't have a history of peace. Already in the early centuries of it's excistance, it was several times raided by the English. This was especially easy, as the abbey was situated outside the city walls of Cherbourg and couldn't be defended. Time and time again it had to be restored after being turned into a ruin. After the French revolution, the abbey was turned into military barracks and in the second world war the same happened by the Nazi troops. This resulted in a complete destruction of the abbey in the battle for Cherbourg, after which the ruins were left aside in the renovation of the town. Only in the recent decades one has decided to try and keep as much as possible intact. Even today the ruins radiate a former grandeur, with it's gothic windows as highlight.

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    Enjoy the magnificent view from the fortress

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Domiating over Cherbourg, the fortress
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    High on top of a rocky hill that is dominating over the city of Cherbourg, stands the fortress. The strategic position is well choosen and from the terraces of the fortress one can see over the whole town, as well as over the complete harbour and wide into the English Channel. Inside the fortress you can visit the liberation museum of Cherbourg. The museum shows how fierce the battle was in and around Cherbourg during the second world war. The allied forces needed the harbour badly for supplying the forces that tried to liberate Europe from Nazi terror, especially after the Mulberry port in the American sector was destroyed in an autumn storm.

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    Casino

    by darkjedi Written Apr 14, 2008

    Within the Casino of Cherbourg you will find:

    49 slot Machines and Video Pokers

    1 Roulette Table

    Brewery the "Fifty's Dinner"

    The dancing club "Admiralty"? The banquet room and the bar.

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    Bus station

    by darkjedi Written Apr 9, 2008

    The bus station in Cherbourg is located behind Carrefore (if your on the marina) and opposite the main railway station.

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    La City de la Mer

    by Bob_Shan Updated May 3, 2005
    Le Redoutable

    The first French nuclear submarine - Le Redoutable - opens its doors to public. For fans of weapons, it will be a wonderful experience of going into a real nuclear submarine.

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    Signtseeing

    by Geoff_Wright Updated Mar 20, 2004

    We weren't in Cherbourg very long, before it was time to catch the tide for Normandy. So not much time for sightseeing, although there is much to see here.

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