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Escapades-normandy,  Normandy

Dives sur Mer – historic town in Normandy

Hi there! To learn more about Normandy, especially the conquest of England by William, you must visit Dives sur Mer! This historic city, which is located between Cabourg and Houlgate, is full of architectural treasures that I will make you discover!

Dives sur Mer and the Norman history

Dives sur Mer is famous in Normandy because William the Conqueror left its harbor to conquer England in 1066. Notre Dame Church which is in the town center, lists 475 names among the 6000 men who followed him to Hastings. I recommend visiting the Church to discover this detail, but also its impressive architecture. It was originally Romanesque in the time of William (because it depended on the Men’s Abbey of Caen built by him), but are now Gothic style, as it changed many times in the history.

Its art village and market

The village of Art Guillaume the Conqueror is a must to see in town. It’s splendid in terms of architecture, with its half-timbered houses very typical of Normandy, but also because of local artists and artisans’stores. Please feel free to pop in art galleries in town as they are also full of little treasures! The other building not to be missed is Les Halles, which hosts the market every Saturday morning. I advise you to take a tour to find local products and to simply admire the building. The latter made in the 14th century is impressive, especially its wooden frame.
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Boujou (the Norman way to say XOXO)

Infos :

Town visit: approximately 2 hours

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