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Of course a town like Cherbourg has several parks and green zones. The most beautiful one however is at the foot of the fortress hill (rock) and houses a botanical part as well as mini zoo. The park is especially in summertime coloured by the many flowers. It is also a great place on a warm summerday to find shelter under the shadowy trees and let the kids play in the green fields. For them the animals in the park are also a great thing to look at. There are a few sealions in a bassin, birdcages and a small children's farm. Of course a few play grounds are available as well in the park. To get a full explanation on the botanical variety in the park, one best can book a guided tour at the tourist office in Cherbourg (see mentioned webpage). In Cherbourg, like anywhere else along the Cotentin peninsula's coast, the sea climate is so mild, that many (sub) tropical plants can thrive well here.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
The Cité de la mer ("city of the sea") is a maritime museum in Cherbourg, France.
It was opened in 2002 as a scientifical and historical museum, around four axes:
- the Redoutable, first SNLE submarine of the French Navy, now a museum and the largest submarine in the world open to the public.
- a permanent exposition
- A cylindrical Aquarium, 8 metre wide and 10 metre high, which displays the successive marine life forms according to the depth
- a great hall where temporary expositions are held.
Written Apr 9, 2008
Address: Cherbourg sea front
MUSEUMS IN CHERBOURG: Make sure you pay a visit to the 'Musee Thomas-Henry', located behind the port. This interesting museum contains work by Fra Filippo Lippi and Fra Angelico. An eclectic collection in the 'Musee d'Ethnographie', set in tropical gardens, illustrates cultures and societies from around the world, including the life of the Inuit.
Above the town, Fort du Roule, the scene of fierce fighting in 1944, houses a museum about the war years.
Written Sep 7, 2002
In the public gardens under Fort Roulle is a large war memorial in pink granite from Fermaville. It was inaugerated in 1924. The statue is the work of Descatoire. Today it is adorned with a beautiful crown of grandiflora magnolias.
Updated Apr 14, 2008
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.
Written Apr 14, 2008
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.
Updated Oct 28, 2007
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.
Written Oct 28, 2007
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.
Seems you also get a bit of historic aristocratic scandal at the Chateau (above).
Updated Oct 28, 2007
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.
Written Dec 5, 2007
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"
Written Dec 5, 2007
Address: Gare Maritime Transatlantique, port of Cherbourg
Phone: 0033 233 20 26 26
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