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Concrete Masterpiece?

Obliterated by both sides during the Second World War, Le Havre was left in ruins. The city was... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2018
Dronfield, United Kingdom
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It’s worth a look.

This was our last port on our cruise itinerary; I didn’t expect much from this town, but turns out... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2017
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Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

Obliterated by both sides during the Second World War, Le Havre was left in ruins. The city was rebuilt on a grid system, concrete buildings constructed out of speed and necessity. The result isn't to everyone's taste but the single architectural language employed throughout unifies...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 27 July 2018

This city was bombed to oblivion in the WW2 so its reconstruction is interesting but not fascinating. It is a long walk around the town and the beaches are ordinary, the port a construction zone and the city has long vistas and canals and a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

Grey and not really lively city on a Monday. A lot of restaurants were closed. There are not many attractions apart from the beach and church.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Le Havre as a strategic port like many other cities suffered badly in WW2. Unlike other cities that suffered an even worse fate it was decided unwisely to adopt a brutalist style of architecture in its rebuilding. The Hotel de Ville (town hall) is one...More

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank NB1957
Reviewed 5 October 2017

We have visited many, many towns in France, but none so depressing as Le Havre. Endless concrete, soulless repetition and deserted streets. We got out as fast as possible.

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank Anne A
Reviewed 20 August 2017

This was our last port on our cruise itinerary; I didn’t expect much from this town, but turns out it was lovely for a stroll for a few hours. We took the shuttle bus from the cruise terminal ($16 US). If you want to walk,...More

Date of experience: August 2017
3  Thank faithandhope2live
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Our cruise ship stopped at Le Havre and as the excursions were either too expensive or too long, we decided to simply stay and visit the city. After all, it's a World Heritage Site so we thought it must be something worthwhile seeing. Well, not...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

I have to admit that I am not an expert in modern architecture, but I do not understand that Le Havre is a must see if you visit Normandy. It is a waste of time.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 7 July 2017

I got the impression that "Le Havre" is a place beloved by the architects but where no one wants to live. Being chosen as UNESCO world heritage site is another blow to the locals who can't demolish some of the buildings; they are condemned to...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Beto79
Reviewed 30 June 2017

What a pleasure it is to visit the city centre, where the post-war reconstruction has been preserved as a whole. The concrete's showing its age a bit in places, and I hope they've got a good budget set aside for restoration!

Date of experience: June 2017
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